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Tom Brokaw. Nate McGinnis Journalism 503 May 2, 2007. Family Life. Born 1940 in Bristol, S.D. Oldest of three boys Moved to Yankton, S.D. in 1955 Father, Anthony, worked construction for the Army Corp of Engineers Mother, Jean, worked at the Yankton post office. College Years.

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tom brokaw

Tom Brokaw

Nate McGinnis

Journalism 503

May 2, 2007

family life
Family Life
  • Born 1940 in Bristol, S.D.
  • Oldest of three boys
  • Moved to Yankton, S.D. in 1955
  • Father, Anthony, worked construction for the Army Corp of Engineers
  • Mother, Jean, worked at the Yankton post office
college years
College Years
  • Enrolled at the University of Iowa for his freshmen year, transferred to University of South Dakota after first year
  • Graduated with BA in political science in 1962
  • First TV job was at KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa (1960-1962)
  • Worked for KMTV in Omaha as a morning news editor (1962-1965)
network jobs
Network Jobs
  • In 1965 scored first anchor job at WSVB in Atlanta, an NBC affiliate
  • Moved to Los Angeles to anchor for KNBC in 1966
  • In 1972 became NBC White House correspondent
  • Floor reporter for both party conventions in 1976
  • Joined cast of the “Today Show” as a co-host in 1976
nbc nightly news
NBC Nightly News
  • Left the “Today Show” in 1981 to become co-anchor of NBC Nightly News
  • Paired with Mudd who was based in Washington
  • Became sole anchor in 1983
  • Signed to a seven year contract for $18 million at 42 years old
famous firsts
Famous Firsts
  • Conducted first US interview with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Only anchor to report at the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • In 2000, he conducted the first American TV interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin
other projects
Other Projects
  • The Greatest Generation (1998)
  • The Greatest Generation Speaks (1999)
  • An Album of Memories (2001)
  • A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland (2002)
awards and honors
Awards

Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award

2 Emmy Awards

Television Academy Hall of Fame

Sylvanus Thayer Award

Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence

Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award

Honorary Degrees

Notre Dame

Boston College

Washington University

Duke University

Syracuse University

Hofstra University

University of South Dakota

Awards and Honors
final sign off
Final Sign-Off

December 1, 2004

sources
Sources
  • Balholm, Hutch. "Tom Brokaw." YouTube. 11 Apr. 2007. Arizona State University. 28 Apr. 2007 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwcXwS_kuGA>.
  • Brokaw, Tom. A Long Way From Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland. New York: Random House, 2002.
  • "NBC Nightly News Brokaw Promo 1984." YouTube. 24 Nov. 2006. 28 Apr. 2007 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8jkuMAB4ko>.
  • Goldberg, Robert, and Gerald Goldberg. Anchors: Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and the Evening News. New York: Carol Group, 1990. 37-62.
  • Lind, Michael. "The Class of '45." The New York Times Book Review. 27 Dec. 1998. The New York Times. 29 Apr. 2007 <http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/12/27/reviews/981227.27lindt.html?_r=1&oref=slogin>.
  • Negra, Diane. "Tom Brokaw." The Museum of Broadcast Communications. The Museum of Broadcast Communications. 29 Apr. 2007 <http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/B/htmlB/brokawtom/brokawtom.htm>.
  • "Tom Brokaw." MSNBC. 29 Apr. 2007 <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4364148/>.
  • "Tom Brokaw." Wikipedia. 29 Apr. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brokaw>.
  • Tyndall, Andrew. "The State of the News Media 2004." Journalism.Org. 2004. Project for Excellence in Journalism. 30 Apr. 2007 <http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.com/2004/narrative_networktv_audience.asp?cat=3&media=4>.
  • "Yankton, SD." Wikipedia. 29 Apr. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankton%2C_SD>.