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Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw is one of America’s most respected broadcast journalists and an evening news legend. Most famous for having anchored NBC’s “Nightly News” broadcast from 1982 until 2004, Brokaw covered some of the world’s biggest news stories, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the September 11, 2001 attacks. His dedication and commitment to broadcast journalism won him the number one evening news program in 1996, according to Nielsen ratings, which continued through his last broadcast on December 1, 2004.

Despite his retirement from the evening news, Brokaw continues to provide special reports on a variety of diverse topics such as literacy, affirmative action, drunk driving, corporate scandals, immigration policies, and race.

Brokaw has won numerous awards for his reporting, but is also a well-respected and award-winning documentary reporter. Such documentaries include

  • “Tom Brokaw Reports: A Question of Fairness,” (2004) which examined affirmative action via the University of Michigan controversy;
  • “To Be an American,” (1989) which examined the fabric of America and what it means to be an American; and
  • “America Remembers: 9/11 Air Traffic Controllers” (2003).

He is also a distinguished author whose books include

  • Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today (2007),
  • A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland (2002), and
  • The Greatest Generation (1998).

Prior to anchoring NBC’s “Nightly News,” Brokaw was a host of the Today Show (1976-1981) and a White House correspondent (1973-1976). His career in broadcast journalism began in 1965 at KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa after completing his B.A. in political science from University of South Dakota.

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