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  1991   Arts and Entertainment   February 6, 1940
    Webster, SD  
Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw, anchor, managing editor and chief of correspondents of NBC News’ early evening newscast, is widely considered to be one of television’s preeminent broadcast journalists. From conducting the first exclusive televised one-on-one interview with Soviet leader Mikail S. Gorbachev (an interview that won the Alfred I. Du Pont-Columbia University Award) to being the only network anchor on the scene to report on the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Brokaw has proven himself to be an insightful and adept journalist.

Sole anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” from September 1983 to December 2004, he was responsible for the editorial content and presentation of the newscast. Before joining “Nightly News” Brokaw had been anchor of NBC News’ “Today” program from August 1976 through September 1981.

An acclaimed political reporter, (Brokaw was NBC News’ White House correspondent during the Watergate era), Brokaw has covered every Presidential election since 1968. In 1976 and 1980 he was a member of NBC News’ team of floor reporters for both conventions. In 1984 he served as anchor of all NBC News coverage of the primaries, national conventions and Election Night, a role he repeated in 1988. In December 1987, Brokaw moderated a live televised debate among all declared candidates for the presidential nomination from both parties.

Tom Brokaw also plays an active role in NBC News’ prime-time specials on a wide range of topics: “Wall Street: Money, Greed and Power,” “The Baby Business,” “Crime, Punishment and Kids,” “To Be An American,” winner of a Peabody Award, “Gangs, Cops and Drugs,” and “A Day in the Life of the White House.”

Brokaw joined NBC News in 1966, reporting from California and anchoring on KNBC, the NBC Television Station in Los Angeles (1966-1973). In 1965 he anchored the late-evening news on WBS-TV, Atlanta. After graduating from the University of South Dakota, Brokaw began his journalism career in 1962 at KMTV, Omaha. That same year he married Meredith Lynn Auld, a former Miss South Dakota and author. A member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, he has received honorary degrees from that institution, Syracuse University, Washington University in St. Louis, Hofstra University, Boston College and Duke University.

For his work, Brokaw has received three Emmys and the prestigious "Peabody Award." Brokaw has served or is serving on the Council on Foreign Relations, the Gannett Media Center and the Norton Simon Museum.

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