After 55 years in the business, veteran NBC anchor Tom Brokaw is retiring


After a 55-year run with NBC, veteran anchor Tom Brokaw is retiring.

"Brokaw will continue to be active in print journalism, authoring books and articles, and spend time with his wife, Meredith, three daughters and grandchildren," NBC said in a press release.

“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,” Brokaw said in a statement.

Brokaw, 80, has been a senior correspondent for NBC for several decades and is best-known for anchoring the "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 through 2004, covered such historic events as Ronald Reagan’s first run for office, when Brokaw was working in Los Angeles, as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Brokaw will be best remembered for his 1987 interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the first in-person interviews the Russian leader gave to an American journalist. And in 1989, Brokaw reported on the fall of the Berlin Wall from Berlin, earning him the Order of Merit from the German government.

In 2014, along with being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Barack Obama, Brokaw announced he was fighting cancer, but was in remission after treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

Four years later, in 2018, Brokaw was accused of sexual harassment by former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester and another unidentified woman. Brokaw denied the allegations at the time, and reportedly said he was “ambushed.”

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