By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
We are dealing with the worst news imaginable here on the other side of the world in Afghanistan.
Tim Russert is gone.
He was a giant in our company, in our lives, and in the combined fields of journalism and politics.
He was my friend for many years, and my on-air partner during the most exciting political year in generations.
The members of Tim's NBC News family are thinking only of the members of Tim's own family in the wake of this staggering, overpowering and sudden loss.