Tom Brokaw retires, puts trust in ‘new generation of NBC News’

Carla Harmon
January 24, 2021

Tom Brokaw, one of the most iconic journalists and anchors in news, will be retiring from NBC News after a 55-year career with the network.

He was the longtime anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, anchoring the show from 1983 to 2004.

NBC News special correspondent and former "Today" show host Tom Brokaw attends the "Today" show 60th anniversary celebration in NY in 2012.

"During one of the most complex and consequential eras in American history, a new generation of NBC News journalists, producers and technicians is providing America with timely, insightful and critically important information, 24/7", the statement read.


"For me, it's been an wonderful journey - 57 years as a reporter", Brokaw said.

According to NBC, Brokaw will continue to write articles and books, and will spend time with his wife, Meredith, three daughters and grandchildren. In 2008, following the untimely death of Tim Russert, Brokaw stepped in as the temporary moderator of Meet the Press.

He was a White House correspondent during Richard Nixon's presidency and began co-hosting the "Today" show in 1976. His first book, "The Greatest Generation", was a huge success, coining a name for the generation of Americans who lived through the Great Depression and fought in World War II.

Brokaw's 22-year tenure at "Nightly News" coincided with long runs by rivals Peter Jennings at ABC and Dan Rather at CBS, at a time when network news anchors had much more power and authority than they do today.


In a final essay that appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe on December 30, Brokaw hinted at his announcement by reflecting on a career that took him from breaking into a local newscast in Nebraska and announcing the death of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, to covering the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although he has not been a daily contributor to NBC for several years, he's maintained a presence as a special correspondent, frequently contributing political commentary on NBC and MSNBC.

Brokaw won Peabody, Dupont, Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his broadcasts.

Over the course of his career, Brokaw has received numerous awards, including two Peabodys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and the French Legion of Honor. He survived a multiple myeloma cancer scare, reporting in 2014 it went into remission.


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