Tom Brokaw

Thomas John Brokaw was born on February 6th, 1940 in Webster, South Dakota and was the eldest of three sons. He was names after his grandfather who was also the founder of the town of Bristol, South Dakota. Because of his father's work he had to move homes very many times before finally settling in Yankton, South Dakota. Tom Brokaw was admitted to the University of Iowa after finishing high school. Brokaw soon dropped out after he majored in what he called “beer and co-eds”. The decision to drop out was influenced by his guidance counselor who stated that Brokaw needed a break from school.  He decided that he wanted to attend University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He attended and earned B.A. degree in Political Science in 1964 and while attending he married and had the children. He loved reporting and watching politics which would help him as a broadcast journalist. Tom was offered a job right after he graduated at a broadcasting station. In 1965 he wanted to cover Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Tom started work as an NBC anchor in the late 60's until he desired to become a Washington correspondent for NBC. He then moved to Washington in 1973 during the Watergate era and became the NBC's Washington correspondent. Though he continued to anchor the Saturday editions of NBC’s Nightly News. As a Washington correspondent he was able to cover things like: interviewing a Soviet leader , Mikhail Gorbachev, earning him the Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award. He was also able to cover things like Ronald Reagan’s campaign to run as president in 1980. After becoming the sole anchor of NBC Nightly News in the early 80's he covered things such as EDSA Revolution, Challenger disaster, Hurricane Andrew, fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1982, Brokaw was the only anchor to report directly from the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was also able to cover very many well known stories in the late 80's- the early 90's and was able to achieve the first one-on-one American television interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At 64 years old, Tom was replaced but while anchoring for NBC NightlyNews and Today, Brokaw reported on over 25 separate documentaries. The subject of these documentaries ranged from the war on terrorism, race, AIDS, gangs of Los Angeles, literacy, Bill Gates, the evangelical movement, and immigration. To this day Brokaw still reporting on major events and receiving many rewards for his publications.

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