It's something the late Tim Russert, who was moderator from 1991 until his death in June, knew well: "Meet the Press" is the place for politicians to make their name, try to rebuild their reputations or undergo a trial by fire. It's where a dedicated audience hears from newsmakers every week. It was also, and still remains, the highest-rated Sunday public affairs program. It's what Russert built to be the top Sunday morning show for the past decade.
It's a legacy that Gregory respects and wants to continue.
"The mission is very much the same, holding our leaders accountable and being a treasured platform to do that," he said Sunday afternoon, hours after NBC News had signed him to a multiyear contract to moderate "Meet the Press." "I'm humbled