Ex-’Meet the Press’ Host Bill Monroe Dies at 90

by | February 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM | Celebrity Deaths, TV News

Former 'Meet the Press' Host Bill Monroe

Former 'Meet the Press' Host Bill Monroe


Washington journalist Bill Monroe, a former host of NBC’s “Meet The Press,” died Thursday at a nursing home in Potomac, Maryland. He was 90.

Monroe first joined NBC in 1961, where he appeared as a panelist before taking over as host of “Meet the Press” in 1975. He led the program until 1984, then continued at NBC for another three years as the Washington editor of “The Today Show.”

One memorable moment during his reign as moderator of “Meet the Press” was in 1980 when President Jimmy Carter announced on the show that the United States would boycott the Moscow Olympics.

Born on July 17, 1920, in New Orleans, the vet­eran print and radio reporter was known as a “forceful but fair questioner” and “highly respected but not highly feared,” according to his obituary in the Washington Post.

Mr. Monroe is survived by four daughters; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.