The son of the late newsman will cover the upcoming national conventions for NBC

By Caris Davis
Updated August 01, 2008 09:30 AM
Credit: Courtesy Boston College

Like father, like son.

Luke Russert – son of Meet the Press‘s Tim Russert, who died tragically this summer – has signed on to help cover the Republican and Democratic national conventions later this year. He’ll report on youth issues for his dad’s network, NBC.

“I’m not trying to be my father,” Luke told the Associated Press. “He’s irreplaceable.”

Tim – a respected newsman and NBC’s Washington bureau chief – died of a heart attack in June. He was 58.

His 22-year-old son, a Boston College graduate and regular host of XM Satellite Radio’s 60/20 Sports, said he was “humbled and grateful” for the opportunity.

“I’m simply trying to do something that I think there’s a real niche for,” he said. “There’s a calling for … youth [involvement], not just in the election but in politics from now on.”

The Democratic conventional will be held in Denver, starting August 25. The Republican gathering begins Sept. 1 in St. Paul, Minn.