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Welcome to the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre. We want to help you find your future in communication. We explore all areas of communication from social media, to radio, to integrated marketing, to digital media and more.

Vision Statement

The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre is the destination major for studying the theory and practice of effective and ethical communication, instilling in students the passion and talent for inquiry, integrity, and involvement, thereby continuing the legacy of the department’s namesake and renowned communicator, Tim Russert ’72.

Mission Statement

The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre educates students to become critical thinkers trained in advocacy and effective communicators able to integrate theory and ethical principles in their professions while fostering awareness of diverse cultures and developing communication styles and technologies.

We are guided by three principles:

  • Inquiry – be a critical thinker
  • Integrity – make ethical decisions
  • Involvement – be a leader in professional and public life

Our graduates have the knowledge and ability to create, present, evaluate, and analyze messages in a variety of media and arenas. Our graduates go on to work in public relations, television, radio, film, corporate communication, social media, and theatre. If you are interested in becoming a leader in communication, then please visit our website and our campus.

About Tim Russert '72

Tim Russert ’72, one of John Carroll University’s most beloved graduates, passed away June 13, 2008, at the age of 58. A well-known face of NBC’s political talk show, Meet the Press, Russert was a trusted figure in the media. As a tribute to his legacy, in 2009 John Carroll renamed the Department of Communication and Theatre in his honor.

“An institution in both news and politics for more than two decades.”
-President George W. BushHailing from Buffalo, New York, Russert quickly became an integral part of the John Carroll community. During his time at John Carroll he was elected Student Union President. Russert also won the Robert Beaudry Man of the Year Award in his senior year. The university awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1997. His dedication and support for John Carroll and Cleveland were always evident. Russert created The Tim Russert Endowed Scholarship at John Carroll. This scholarship is awarded annually to a high school student from the Buffalo or western New York area.

Beyond renaming the department, John Carroll has also honored Russert’s memory in other ways. One included the introduction of the exciting and highly sought after NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to one graduating senior who is pursuing a career in political journalism. The fellow works with Meet the Pressfor nine months following graduation.

“He had done his homework, so we didn’t have to do ours. We longed to hear what his take on world events was.”
-Ethel KennedyAfter graduating from John Carroll in 1972, Russert received a law degree (Juris Doctor) with honors from Cleveland State University’s Marshall College of Law in 1976. Before becoming the host on Meet the Press,Russert was special counsel to U.S. Sen. Daniel Moynihan, then became chief of staff. In 1983, he became counselor to Gov. Mario M. Cuomo of New York. NBC News’ Washington Bureau hired Russert in 1984, and by 1989 he became chief of the bureau. In 1991, Russert was asked to host Meet the Press and despite having no on‐camera training, he proved to be a natural presenter.

In 2008, TIME magazine named Russert one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, writing that he was “among the most astute, discerning and relentless pursuers of truth in the nation.” (TIME, 2009)

“He really was the best political journalist in America, not just the best television journalist in America.”
-Al Hunt (Washington Bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal