[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/13/art.russert.gi.jpg caption="NBC News' Tim Russert."] (CNN) - Tim Russert, who became one of America's leading political journalists as the host of NBC's "Meet the Press," died Friday, according to the network. He was 58.
He collapsed and died at work, according to the network. He had just returned from a family vacation in Italy to celebrate the graduation of his son, Luke, from Boston College.
Russert joined the network in 1984 and quickly established himself as the face of the network's political coverage