NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Luke Russert announced his sudden departure from the world of political news in a statement Wednesday morning on Twitter.
Russert shared a screenshot of an email sent by NBC brass announcing his resignation. “It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Luke Russert has decided to leave NBC News to take time away from political reporting and to pursue other interests,” the email read.
Bit of personal news—- pic.twitter.com/eWcT3lM1I1
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) July 13, 2016
Russert joined NBC News in 2008 at the young age of 22, two months after the death of his father Meet the Press host Tim Russert. In his own statement included in the email, Russert said that he rushed into the job after his father’s death without fully considering whether it was actually what he wanted to do with his life.
“It’s fair to say my broadcast career began in unusual way after college graduation and the death of my father,” he said. “As a result, I threw myself into the work and never took the time to reflect, to travel and to experience many things that would have given me a clearer sense of what my future should be. Now at 30, I look forward to taking some time away from political reporting and focusing my efforts on other endeavors that I have long wanted to pursue.”
“My colleagues at NBC not only helped me to grow as a journalist but also as a person,” Russert continued. “They are the best. NBC News has all my gratitude and will continue to excel during this election season. Of course, the viewers should also know how much I have appreciated their confidence in me. Thank you.”
Russert didn’t indicate where his career path leads next, but was careful to note only his retirement from political news. Before his career in Washington, Russert ran a Sirius XM sports talk show with James Carville and worked for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption.
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