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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 February 1940Webster, South Dakota, USA
Birth NameThomas John Brokaw
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Brokaw was born on February 6, 1940 in Webster, South Dakota, USA as Thomas John Brokaw. He is a writer, known for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (1970), D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014) and Today (1952). He has been married to Meredith Lynn Auld since August 17, 1962. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Meredith Lynn Auld (17 August 1962 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Midwestern accent
Deep, incredibly powerful voice

Trivia (18)

His wife, Meredith Lynn Auld, is a former Miss South Dakota (1959).
Attended The University of Iowa before receiving his BA from The University of South Dakota in Political Science.
His mother is named Jean Brokaw. She died 5 days short of what would have been her 94th birthday.
Friend of Bill France Jr..
Often imitated in the first three seasons of The Simpsons (1989) for Springfield's broadcast reports.
Early in his news anchor career, saved a man's life using the Heimlich maneuver at a restaurant.
Longtime friend of Tim Russert and John Palmer.
Was denied enlistment into the Army because of flat feet. His first choice of service was the Air Force, which he was also declined.
Father, with Meredith Lynn Auld, of daughter Sarah Brokaw.
Release of his book, "The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters & Reflections".
Release of his book, "Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Recollections of the '60s & Today".
Release of his book, "The Greatest Generation".
Release of his book, "A Long Way From Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland".
Release of his book, "An Album of Memories: Personal Histories From the Greatest Generation".
Introduced spouses-to-be Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver at a charity tennis tournament in 1977.
Inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1994.
Was diagnosed with bone cancer in August 2013.
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 24 November 2014.

Personal Quotes (8)

Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away.
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
I'm not a big fan of journalism schools, except those that are organized around a liberal arts education. Have an understanding of history, economics and political science - and then learn to write.
I guess I'm always the person to see the glass is half-full. There's always good news in every news report. If you're going to live in a society, you need to know the underside as well as the bright spot, so you can be prepared for dealing with them.
[on the many changes in the source of news stories] We're better off. We have so many more choices. What happens is, of course, that the squeaking wheel continues to get attention. I have a little tool in my house - you should get one - it's called the remote control.
The most memorable interviews for me are folks whose names I don't know: young civil rights leaders in the South, showing great courage as they walked into a town in the dark of night. A doctor working for 'Doctors Without Borders'in Somalia, operating by kerosene light in a tent. Those are the kinds of people that linger in your memory.
Within every generation there is greatness. What you don't want Americans to do again is to go through the tests that made the 'Greatest Generation': first, the Depression, and then World War II.
[on Steven Spielberg] His productions have a common thematic DNA of humanity, so we are enlightened as well as entertained. His work on Lincoln (2012), alone, was worthy of enduring acclaim, for it brought to life - as no other film has - this quintessential American President, struggling with the greatest moral dilemma of our history.

Salary (1)

NBC Nightly News (1970) $7,000,000

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