NBC Nightly News Anchor
Tom Brokaw doesn't consider himself a star or a celebrity - just a regular guy that a lot of people happen to recognize as the face of NBC News for the past 20+ years. It is that laid back persona that has helped make NBC the current ratings champ among evening news watchers.
But Tom Brokaw is much more than a celebrity who reads the news for a living. He isn't afraid of leaving the comfort of his anchor chair, and tackling everything from natural disasters and terrorist attacks, to political summits.
For the better part of the last 30 years, Tom Brokaw has had a big hand in reporting the world's events. He was NBC's White House correspondent from 1973 to 1976, and has covered every presidential election since 1968. In September 1983, he became the Nightly News' sole anchor, which he has led to recent ratings victory over Peter Jennings' ABC World News Tonight.
Brokaw was the first person from the US to have a one-on-one interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, the first anchor to report live from the Berlin Wall when it fell, the first to report on human rights abuses in Tibet, and first to interview the Dalai Lama. Brokaw has received numerous awards for his work, including a Peabody for his report entitled "To Be an American." He has also received seven Emmy awards, including one for his "China in Crisis" special report, for his reporting on the 1992 floods in the Midwest, and in 1999 for international coverage of the Kosovo conflict.
Brokaw has expanded his reach beyond television news to the written word. In 1998, he wrote his first book, "The Greatest Generation," which became a bestseller and followed it with two more - "The Greatest Generation Speaks" and "An Album of Memories." This latest book is a family album of stories, reflections, memorabilia and photographs that pay tribute to the men and women of the Greatest Generation, and share the remarkable experiences of ordinary people during historic moments like Guadalcanal, the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and Midway.
His success as an author has fueled the speculation that Brokaw will be leaving the anchor desk soon. Regardless of the direction he decides to take, Tom Brokaw will forever be counted among the greats of television journalism.