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Also Known As: Thomas Brokaw, Thomas John Brokaw Died:
Born: February 6, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yankton, South Dakota, USA Profession: TV host, editor, anchorman, correspondent, weatherman

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A veteran news anchorman and television journalist for decades, as well as a former White House correspondent and host of "Today" (NBC, 1952- ), Tom Brokaw became a respected newsman who reported on national and worldwide events from the Watergate scandal to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As one of the "Big Three" that included ABC's Peter Jennings and CBS' Dan Rather, Brokaw sat upon his perch as anchorman and managing editor of the "NBC Nightly News" (NBC, 1970- ), and helped usher in the era of news anchor as globetrotting celebrity. But of the three, Brokaw proved the most popular and earned the title of most-watched television news anchor, starting in the mid-1990s and holding fast until his departure from the newscast in 2004. During that illustrious span, Brokaw became a noted author with The Greatest Generation (1998), which detailed the generation that grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. Following his departure from the "Nightly News," he became a fixture on NBC and its sister cable station MSNBC as a political commentator and correspondent, while also serving as the host of several notable news magazine specials and briefly...

A veteran news anchorman and television journalist for decades, as well as a former White House correspondent and host of "Today" (NBC, 1952- ), Tom Brokaw became a respected newsman who reported on national and worldwide events from the Watergate scandal to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As one of the "Big Three" that included ABC's Peter Jennings and CBS' Dan Rather, Brokaw sat upon his perch as anchorman and managing editor of the "NBC Nightly News" (NBC, 1970- ), and helped usher in the era of news anchor as globetrotting celebrity. But of the three, Brokaw proved the most popular and earned the title of most-watched television news anchor, starting in the mid-1990s and holding fast until his departure from the newscast in 2004. During that illustrious span, Brokaw became a noted author with The Greatest Generation (1998), which detailed the generation that grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. Following his departure from the "Nightly News," he became a fixture on NBC and its sister cable station MSNBC as a political commentator and correspondent, while also serving as the host of several notable news magazine specials and briefly anchoring "Meet the Press" (NBC, 1947- ) following the death of friend and colleague, Tim Russert. Certainly one of the most decorated journalists of his time, Brokaw carved out an untarnished reputation for fairness, accuracy and dedication to the news.

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As a high school student, served as governor of South Dakota American Legion Boys State
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Accompanied then South Dakota Governor Joe Foss to New York City for a joint appearance on a TV game show
1960:
Began TV career at KTIV in Sioux City, IA
1962:
Joined NBC affiliate KMTV in Omaha, NE
1965:
Became editor and anchorman of the late-evening news on WSB-TV in Atlanta, GA
1966:
Joined NBC News, anchoring the 11 p.m. news for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, CA
1973:
Named NBC News White House correspondent; during this time he covered the Watergate scandal
1976:
Co-hosted NBC News' "The Today Show" with Jane Pauley
1982:
Became co-anchor of NBC "Nightly News" along with Roger Mudd; became sole anchor in 1983
1992:
Anchored "The Brokaw Report" series of prime-time specials
1993:
Co-hosted prime-time news magazine "Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric" (NBC)
1994:
Became contributing anchor of NBC's "Dateline"
1996:
Began hosting one-hour primetime news, talk and information series on MSNBC
1998:
Penned <i>The Greatest Generation</i>
2001:
On September 11th, joined Katie Couric and Matt Lauer following the live attack on the South Tower of the World Trade Center; continued to anchor all day, until after midnight
2002:
Announced intention to go under retirement as anchor of the NBC "Nightly News" effective after the 2004 Presidential election; also announced Brian Williams as replacement
2002:
Published <i>A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland</i>
2004:
Singed contract with NBC News in a part-time capacity through 2014; served as an analyst as well as anchoring and producing documentary programs
2008:
Replaced Tim Russert on an interim basis as host of "Meet the Press" (NBC), until the end of the 2008 Presidential Campaign
2011:
Appeared in documentary "9/11: In Our Own Words" (MSNBC)
2012:
Narrated the documentary "Their Finest Hour," which aired during NBC's coverage of the London Summer Olympics
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Education

The University of Iowa: Iowa City , Iowa -
The University of South Dakota: Vermillion , South Dakota - 1962

Notes

Received honorary degree from Fairfield University in 1997

He was named Grand Marshal of the 2001 Rose Bowl Parade.

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wife:
Meredith Lynn Brokaw. Businesswoman. Formerly owned chain of toy stores in NYC called Pennywhistle; married in 1962.

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father:
Anthony Brokaw. Construction equipment operator. Died in 1982.
mother:
Jean Brokaw.
brother:
William Brokaw. Born c. 1942.
brother:
Michael Brokaw. Born c. 1943.
daughter:
Jennifer Jean Brokaw. Doctor. Born c. 1966.
daughter:
Andrea Brooks Brokaw. Record company producer. Born c. 1968.
daughter:
Sarah Auld Brokaw. Social worker. Born c. 1970.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Greatest Generation" Random House

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