NBC Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw to Speak at Yale

Award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw will visit Yale as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism on September 22.

Brokaw’s lecture on the future of journalism will take place at 5 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium, 53 Wall Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Brokaw is one of the most renowned figures in broadcast journalism today. As special correspondent for NBC News, he produces documentaries and covers breaking news events for NBC. On December 1, 2004, Brokaw stepped down after 21 years as the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.”

While anchoring “NBC Nightly News” and “Today,” Brokaw also produced 25 documentaries on issues including race, AIDS and the war on terror.

On March 19, 2003, Brokaw became the first American news anchor to report that the war with Iraq had begun. He landed the first exclusive U.S. one-on-one interview with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, and he was the first and only anchor to report from the scene on the night the Berlin Wall fell.

In addition to covering a range of breaking news and historical events worldwide, Brokaw has reported extensively on politics. He has interviewed every president since Lyndon Johnson, and covered every presidential election since 1968. Brokaw was NBC’s White House correspondent during the Watergate controversy.

Recently, Brokaw served as interim moderator of NBC’s top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, “Meet the Press,” from June 2008 – December 2008, after the untimely death of the show’s host Tim Russert.

Throughout his career, Brokaw has received many prestigious awards, including a dozen Emmys, two Peabody and duPont awards, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He also was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree from Yale in 1927. The fellowship brings to campus journalists who have made significant contributions to their field. Recent Poynter Fellows include David Brooks, Al Franken, Tom Friedman, Ira Glass, Riz Khan, Charlie Rose, Margaret Warner, Michael Wilbon, Judy Woodruff and Bob Woodward.

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