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Tom Brokaw

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Tom Brokaw

American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004 add

Category: Journalism

Born in 1940.

Countries: United States (74%), (7%), Iraq (4%)

Main connections: NBC, NBC News, Peter Jennings

Linked to: NBC News, International Rescue Committee, University of Iowa, American Broadcasting Company

 

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Tom Brokaw was born in 1940 add something


1944

United States Naval Institute - Contributors have included historians David McCullough and James M. McPherson; former sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen such as Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; newsman Walter Cronkite, who covered the Invasion of Normandy in 1944 for United Press; and NBC television anchor Tom Brokaw


1961

R. W. Apple, Jr. - In 1961, he went to work at NBC News, becoming the lifelong friend of a young Tom Brokaw


1962

Since 1962, he has been married to Meredith Lynn Auld, who is an author and former Miss South Dakota add something


1964

Tom Brokaw dropped out of the University of Iowa, where he says he majored in "beer and co-eds" before receiving his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1964 add something


1970

Garrick Utley - Utley served as weekend anchor during much of the 1970s, and frequently substituted for John Chancellor during that decade and for Tom Brokaw in the 1980s on "NBC Nightly News"


1973

In 1973, NBC made Brokaw White House correspondent, covering the Watergate scandal, and anchor of the Saturday editions of "Nightly News add something


1976

" He became host of NBC's "Today Show" in 1976 and remained in the job until 1982 add something

 

Jim Hartz - " His run turned out to be relatively brief; future "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw would take over from him in 1976, when Walters left for ABC

 

Good Morning America - On August 30, 1976, Tom Brokaw began anchoring "Today" while the program began a search for a female co-host


1977

Maria Shriver - In 1977, Tom Brokaw introduced Maria to Austrian bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger at a charity tennis tournament being held at her mother's home


1980

Along with Jennings and Rather, Brokaw helped usher in the era of the TV news anchor as a lavishly compensated, globe-trotting star in the 1980s add something

 

Peter Jennings - Along with Tom Brokaw at NBC and Dan Rather at CBS, Jennings formed part of the "Big Three" news anchors who dominated American evening network news from the early 1980s until his death in 2005, which closely followed the retirements of Brokaw and Rather

 

Jess Marlow - At one point, Jess anchored the 5 pm news with Tom Snyder at 6 PM and Tom Brokaw at 11 PM. In 1980, Jess moved to KCBS and moved back to KNBC in 1986


1981

Peter Jennings - The announcement signaled a generational shift in the evening news broadcasts, and the beginning of what the media would deem the "Big Three" era of Jennings, Dan Rather of CBS, and Tom Brokaw of NBC. Rather had already been elevated to anchor in 1981 after the retirement of Walter Cronkite, and Brokaw of "NBC Nightly News" was set to become sole anchor the same day as Jennings


1982

On April 5, 1982, Brokaw began co-anchoring "NBC Nightly News" from New York with Roger Mudd in Washington add something


1983

The "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" commenced on September 5, 1983 add something


1984

Gino J. Merli - He traveled to the Normandy beaches in 1984 in the company of Tom Brokaw and was a source of inspiration for Brokaw's book "The Greatest Generation"


1989

Brokaw and his wife spend considerable time at their ranch on the West Boulder River near Livingston, Montana, that they bought in 1989 add something

 

The More You Know - Tom Brokaw was the first person to do a "The More You Know" spot; it aired on NBC in September 1989


1990

CBS Evening News - By 1990, the "Evening News" was in third place behind ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw"


1991

Gulf War - In the United States, the "big three" network anchors led the war's network news coverage: ABC's Peter Jennings, CBS's Dan Rather, and NBC's Tom Brokaw were anchoring their evening newscasts when air strikes began on 16 January 1991


1996

"Nightly News" had moved into first place in the Nielsen ratings in late 1996 and held on to the spot for the remainder of Brokaw's tenure on the program, placing him ahead of ABC's Peter Jennings and "World News Tonight", and CBS's Dan Rather and the "CBS Evening News" add something

 

Mary Hallaren - She was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1996 and was featured by Tom Brokaw in his book "The Greatest Generation"


1998

Robert Eugene Bush - Bush was featured in Tom Brokaw's 1998 book "The Greatest Generation"


2001

On September 11, 2001, Brokaw joined Katie Couric and Matt Lauer around 9:30 a add something

 

Bill Mauldin - On September 19, 2001, Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley presented Mauldin with a personal letter from Army Chief of Staff General Eric K. Shinseki, a hardbound book with notes from other senior Army leaders and several celebrities to include Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw and Tom Hanks


2002

In 2002, NBC announced that Brokaw would retire as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" following the 2004 Presidential election, to be succeeded by Brian Williams add something


2004

Brokaw's retirement in December 2004, followed by Rather's ouster from the "CBS Evening News" in March 2005, and Jennings' death in August 2005, brought that era to a close add something

 

Brokaw closed his final "Nightly News" broadcast in front of 15,7 million viewers on NBC on December 1, 2004, by saying: add something

 

John Thune - South Dakota native Tom Brokaw commented that Thune "ran a very strong campaign" to win the 2004 race

 

Iraq and weapons of mass destruction - In a January 26, 2004 interview with Tom Brokaw of NBC news, Mr. Kay described Iraq's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs as being in a "rudimentary" stage


2005

Judith Miller (journalist) - On September 17, 2005, the "Washington Post" reported that Miller had received a "parade of prominent government and media officials" during her first 11 weeks in prison, including visits by former U.S. Republican Senator Bob Dole, NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, and John R. Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations


2006

He reported documentaries for the Discovery Channel and the History Channel and in 2006 delivered one of the eulogies during the state funeral of former President Gerald R. Ford add something


2008

He served as an NBC analyst during the 2008 presidential election campaign and moderated the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain at Belmont University add something

 

In 2008, he testified before the Commission on Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism about the anthrax attacks, publicly discussing his experiences for the first time in a detailed, day-by-day account add something

 

On June 13, 2008, when NBC interrupted its regular programming to announce the sudden death of NBC News Washington Bureau Chief and "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert, Brokaw served as the announcer add something

 

He was succeeded by David Gregory in December 2008 add something

 

Warren Buffett - During the second 2008 U.S. presidential debate, candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, after being asked first by presidential debate mediator Tom Brokaw, both mentioned Buffett as a possible future Secretary of the Treasury

 

Meet the Press - Following Russert's death, Tom Brokaw was named the interim moderator through the 2008 general elections

 

Meet the Press - Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor and current special correspondent Tom Brokaw hosted a special edition of "Meet the Press" dedicated to the life of Russert on June 15, 2008, in which Tim Russert's chair was left empty, as a tribute

 

Nuclear program of Iran - In December 2008, President-Elect Barack Obama gave an interview on Sunday's "Meet the Press" with host Tom Brokaw during which he said the United States needs to "ratchet up tough but direct diplomacy with Iran"

 

NBC News - After the sudden death of the influential moderator Tim Russert of " Meet the Press" in June 2008, Tom Brokaw took over as an interim host; and on December 14, 2008, David Gregory became the new moderator of the show until August 14, 2014, when & NBC announced that NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd would take over as the 12th moderator of Meet the Press starting September 7, 2014


2009

Nancy Pelosi - In February 2009, Pelosi met with her bishop, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, and with Pope Benedict XVI as a result of comments made by Pelosi to Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press that many observers felt inaccurately portrayed Church teaching on the subject of abortion and the beginning of life.


2010

Franz Klammer - In an interview with Tom Brokaw that aired on NBC on February 13, 2010, as part of their 2010 Winter Olympics coverage, American Olympian ski racer Bode Miller cited Klammer's style and approach to skiing as a major source of inspiration for him


2011

On May 29, 2011, Brokaw began hosting "The Boys in the Hall", a baseball documentary series for Fox Sports Net add something


2012

On September 6, 2012, Brokaw was hospitalized after appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" add something

 

In December 2012, Brokaw starred in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's annual Christmas concert, with live audiences of 84,000 and a nationally televised broadcast titled "Home for the Holidays" add something

 

Michelle Nunn - It contained forewords from George H.W. Bush and Tom Brokaw and was republished in 2012


2013

Brokaw was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August 2013 at the Mayo Clinic add something

 

Premiere Networks - All have been dropped; as of November 2013, only one standalone featurette is on the network, Tom Brokaw's "An American Story"


2014

Brokaw would remain with NBC News in a part-time capacity through 2014, serving as an analyst and anchoring and producing documentary programs add something

 

On December 21, 2014, Brokaw announced that his cancer is in full remission add something

 

Greg Mortenson - In January 2014, Mortenson interviewed on "Today" with Tom Brokaw


2017

Kept a closely guarded secret for many years, in 2017 Brokaw wrote of having been offered -- and having promptly turned down -- a 1969 offer from the Nixon White House to be press secretary to the President add something


2018

On April 26, 2018, Brokaw was accused of sexual harassment by two women including Linda Vester add something


2019

In January 2019, Brokaw received criticism for comments made during an appearance on "Meet the Press", saying he believed Hispanics should work harder at assimilation add something