Co-Founder, PBS NewsHour
Thomas John Brokaw is a retired network television journalist and author who was born in Webster, South Dakota on February 6, 1940. He graduated from the University of South Dakota where he studied political science. Brokaw began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1983 to 2005, and was a moderator for Meet the Press in 2008. He is the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs. He continued as a special correspondent for NBC News, producing long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events up until his retirement in 2021. Brokaw has won numerous, prestigious journalism awards, including Peabodys, Duponts, Emmys and The Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting. He may be best known for his work documenting the sacrifices made by Americans during World War II in his book The Greatest Generation (1998), which profiled many of those who came of age during that difficult stretch of U.S. history.
"The first test of journalism is still the fundamentals of get it right. You have to play by those rules."