After more than half a century, Tom Brokaw is retiring from television. NBC News announced Friday that the renowned journalist will leave the network after 55 years.
Brokaw is the only host to have directed all three of NBC News’s flagship shows: Today, Evening News and Meet the press.
“During one of the most complex and momentous times in American history, a new generation of NBC News journalists, producers and technicians is providing the United States with timely, insightful and critically important information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, “Brokaw said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Over the past decades, the 80-year-old journalist has amassed a number of impressive awards and honors for his work. He has won Peabodys, DuPonts, Emmys, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting.
In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom, and in 2016, The older generation The French government awarded the author the Legion of Honor for his continued work and advocacy for the issues facing veterans. Brokaw was also the only American network presenter to report from Berlin on the night the Berlin Wall fell, earning him the Order of Merit from the German government.
Brokaw’s entire career in television news has been with NBC and began in the network’s Los Angeles office. It was there that he reported on Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and the 1968 presidential campaign.
In 1973, he moved to Washington, DC to be a White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, a position he held until 1976, when he began co-hosting the Today Show. A decade later, Brokaw became the host and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokawand led that program for 22 years. Later he served as moderator of Meet the press after Tim Russert’s untimely death.
While retiring from television, Brokaw remains active. NBC News states in a press release that the journalist “will continue to be active in print journalism, author of books and articles, and spending time with his wife, Meredith, three daughters and grandchildren.”
Brokaw received good wishes from colleagues, fans and friends after announcing his retirement. These are some of those messages: