Tom Brokaw

Anchorman, TV host, Editor
A veteran news anchorman and television journalist for decades, as well as a former White House correspondent and host of "Today" (NBC, 1952- ), Tom Brokaw became a respected newsman who reported on national and ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1940 in Yankton, South Dakota, USA

Filmography

Actor (146)

On the Record With Bob Costas 1976 - 1982, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oprah Presents: Master Class 1976 - 1982, 2008 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

All The President's Men Revisited 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Dateline NBC 2005 - 2006, 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Decision 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Correspondent

Herblock - The Black & The White 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams 1983 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Center with Brian Williams 2012 (Tv Show)

Correspondent

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Character Along Highway 50 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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An Unlikely Weapon 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Meet the Press 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Today 1976 - 1982, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 (Tv Show)

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Remembering Tim Russert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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In God They Trust: Reported by Tom Brokaw 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Brokaw Reports: To War and Back 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Desperate Days in Blue John Canyon 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

Tom Brokaw Reports: The Long War 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

Trapped in a Canyon: The Aron Ralston Story 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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HistoryCENTER 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Maria Shriver 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Price For Peace 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

Brokaw, Ballard, Ambrose: Reflections on War 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Father's Day: Now and Forever 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Internight 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Kids Pick the Issues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Lowell Thomas: Man About the World 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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NBC Nightly News, Weekend Edition 1968 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Summit in Silicon Valley 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Remarkable 20th Century 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Up in Arms: What Should America Do? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Window to the Universe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

On Common Ground 1999 (Movie)

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Tom Brokaw Reports: The Greatest Generation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Decision '96 Election Night 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Election Year Survival Guide 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Hollywood and the News 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Why America Hates the Press 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Nichols and May -- Take Two 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Tycoon 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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V-E Day: A Nation Remembers 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

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To Your Health 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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58 Days 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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A Day at the White House 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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America's Health Care -- Going Broke in Style 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Democracy in Action 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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From Hope to History 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Immigration -- The Good, the Bad, the Illegal 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Inaugural '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Lost Generation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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America the Violent 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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America's Schools -- Pass or Fail? 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Expose 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Families in Crisis 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Democrats: A Presidential Debate 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Today at 40 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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1990: Living on the Edge 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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2 Years... Later 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Crisis in the Persian Gulf 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Dangerous Assignments 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Homicide Squad 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Tunnel Under the Wall 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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A Day in the Life of the White House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Expose (05/20/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Expose (08/06/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Mary Hart Presents: Power In the Public Eye 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Eighties 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Black Athletes -- Fact and Fiction 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Decision '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Gangs, Cops & Drugs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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JFK -- That Day in November 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Abortion Dilemma: Rights and Lives 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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To Be an American 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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A Conversation With Mikhail S. Gorbachev 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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America's Future: A Presidential Debate 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Fear, Frustration and Flying 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Home Street Home 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Trillion For Defense: What Have We Bought? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Cocaine Country 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Crime, Punishment... and Kids 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Election Night: Decision '86 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Men, Women, Sex and Aids 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Six Days Plus 20 Years: A Dream Is Dying 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Arms, the Men, the Money 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Baby Business 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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To Be a Teacher 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Today at 35 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Today at Night, Volume II 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Wall Street: Money, Greed and Power 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Life, Death and AIDS 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC News Statue of Liberty Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC Nightly News 1948 - 1983 (TV Show)

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1968 With Tom Brokaw (TV Show)

Host

Breaking the News (TV Show)

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Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

A veteran news anchorman and television journalist for decades, as well as a former White House correspondent and host of "Today" (NBC, 1952- ), Tom Brokaw became a respected newsman who reported on national and worldwide events from the Watergate scandal to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. As one of the "Big Three" that included ABC's Peter Jennings and CBS' Dan Rather, Brokaw sat upon his perch as anchorman and managing editor of the "NBC Nightly News" (NBC, 1970- ), and helped usher in the era of news anchor as globetrotting celebrity. But of the three, Brokaw proved the most popular and earned the title of most-watched television news anchor, starting in the mid-1990s and holding fast until his departure from the newscast in 2004. During that illustrious span, Brokaw became a noted author with The Greatest Generation (1998), which detailed the generation that grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. Following his departure from the "Nightly News," he became a fixture on NBC and its sister cable station MSNBC as a political commentator and correspondent, while also serving as the host of several notable news magazine specials and briefly anchoring "Meet the Press" (NBC, 1947- ) following the death of friend and colleague, Tim Russert. Certainly one of the most decorated journalists of his time, Brokaw carved out an untarnished reputation for fairness, accuracy and dedication to the news.

Relationships

Meredith Auld

Wife
Owned chain of toy stores in NYC called Pennywhistle Married Aug. 17, 1962

Anthony Brokaw

Father
Worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and helped construct Fort Randall Dam Died 1982

Jean Brokaw

Mother

Andrea Brokaw

Daughter
Born c. 1968; mother, Meredith Lynn Auld

Jennifer Brokaw

Daughter
Born c. 1966; mother, Meredith Lynn Auld

Sarah Brokaw

Daughter
Born c. 1970; mother, Meredith Lynn Auld

Michael Brokaw

Brother
Born c. 1943

William Brokaw

Brother
Born c. 1942

EDUCATION

The University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa
Dropped out of school, where he has said he majored in "beer and co-eds"

The University of South Dakota

Vermillion , South Dakota 1962

Milestones

2012

Narrated the documentary "Their Finest Hour," which aired during NBC's coverage of the London Summer Olympics

2011

Appeared in documentary "9/11: In Our Own Words" (MSNBC)

2008

Replaced Tim Russert on an interim basis as host of "Meet the Press" (NBC), until the end of the 2008 Presidential Campaign

2004

Singed contract with NBC News in a part-time capacity through 2014; served as an analyst as well as anchoring and producing documentary programs

2002

Announced intention to go under retirement as anchor of the NBC "Nightly News" effective after the 2004 Presidential election; also announced Brian Williams as replacement

2002

Published A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland

2001

On September 11th, joined Katie Couric and Matt Lauer following the live attack on the South Tower of the World Trade Center; continued to anchor all day, until after midnight

1998

Penned The Greatest Generation

1996

Began hosting one-hour primetime news, talk and information series on MSNBC

1994

Became contributing anchor of NBC's "Dateline"

1993

Co-hosted prime-time news magazine "Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric" (NBC)

1992

Anchored "The Brokaw Report" series of prime-time specials

1982

Became co-anchor of NBC "Nightly News" along with Roger Mudd; became sole anchor in 1983

1976

Co-hosted NBC News' "The Today Show" with Jane Pauley

1973

Named NBC News White House correspondent; during this time he covered the Watergate scandal

1966

Joined NBC News, anchoring the 11 p.m. news for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, CA

1965

Became editor and anchorman of the late-evening news on WSB-TV in Atlanta, GA

1962

Joined NBC affiliate KMTV in Omaha, NE

1960

Began TV career at KTIV in Sioux City, IA

As a high school student, served as governor of South Dakota American Legion Boys State

Accompanied then South Dakota Governor Joe Foss to New York City for a joint appearance on a TV game show

Bonus Trivia

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In 2006, Brokaw became the second journalist to receive the prestigious Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy at West Point. The first one was legendary news anchor man Walter Cronkite in 1997.

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