Tom Brokaw will retire from NBC News after 55 years with the network.
He made the announcement in a statement on Friday.
“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. I could not be more proud of them,” he said in a statement.
Brokaw was the anchor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. Since then, he has been a part of NBC News special event coverage, providing commentary and analysis, often from an historic perspective. His 2001 book The Greatest Generation put the spotlight on the sacrifice of a generation of Americans through the Great Depression and World War II. The book’s title is now commonly used to refer to WWI veterans and their families.
Brokaw will continue to be active in print journalism and write books, the network said.
Brokaw started at the network in 1966, when he was assigned to the Los Angeles bureau and covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for office, while anchoring the nightly newscast at KNBC. He moved to Washington to serve as the network’s White House correspondent in 1973, where he covered the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon’s resignation. He then became co-host of Today in 1976, paired with Jane Pauley. Six years later, after John Chancellor stepped down, Brokaw was paired with Roger Mudd to co-anchor Nightly News. But the teaming didn’t work, and Brokaw became sole anchor and managing editor in 1983.
After the death of Tim Russert in 2008, Brokaw served as the interim moderator of the show, until David Gregory was tapped as permanent host later in the year.
Brokaw was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. The same year, the network named its new Los Angeles broadcast facility on the Universal lot after him.
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