The 80-year-old veteran anchor used his closing statement on Friday (Jan. 22) to pay tribute to his colleagues and thank them for their support.
“During one of the most complex and momentous eras in American history, a new generation of journalists, producers, and technicians at NBC News are providing America with timely, insightful, and critical information 24/7. I couldn’t be more proud of her, ”he said.
Brokaw has worked at NBC in a variety of roles since 1966. It is perhaps best known for its anchoring NBC Nightly News From 1982 to 2004. For the last few years he has been a senior correspondent. In a press release, NBC said, “Brokaw will continue to be a print journalist, authoring books and articles and spending time with his wife Meredith, three daughters and grandchildren.”
When Brokaw first started on the network, he worked in the Los Angeles office covering Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration and anchoring the nightly newscast on KNBC.
In 1973 Brokaw became the network’s correspondent in Washington, reporting on the resignation of Watergate and Richard Nixon from the presidency.
Three years later he co-hosted today with Jane Pauley. In 1982 he and Roger Mudd anchored together Nightly newsHowever, the following year he became the sole anchor and senior editor.
In 2014 Brokaw was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Brokaw looked back at what he wanted for his legacy Artful life January 2020: “I hope that I have been a caring person, that I have tried to give back as much as possible to my community, and that my wife has tolerated my excesses. I made mistakes along the way and I like to think we got things sorted out. We have these amazing children and grandchildren. “