NBCUniversal to Dedicated West Coast News Center to Tom Brokaw
NBCUniversal today announced it is naming its brand new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility located on the lot of Universal Studios for the distinguished and long-time NBC News journalist Tom Brokaw. The "Brokaw News Center," home to the West Coast operations of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and Telemundo News and local stations NBC4 Southern California/KNBC and Telemundo 52/KVEA, was officially dedicated during a ceremony attended by the legendary newsman, his family and NBCUniversal executives and employees.
"The name Tom Brokaw is synonymous with integrity, passion and a commitment to getting the story right," said Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal. "It is fitting to name this state-of-the-art news center after a true broadcast legend like Tom who has done so much for journalism and for NBC News. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor."
From the civil rights movement to Watergate, Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall and September 11th, Brokaw has reported on almost every major news event over the past five decades. He was the first U.S. journalist to interview Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dali Lama, and he has covered every presidential election since 1964. For the past six Olympics, Brokaw has been a special essayist for NBC Sports and he's reported on more than 30 documentaries, ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the American and Russian space race, AIDS, education, medicine, immigration and global warming. A native of South Dakota where he met and married his wife Meredith, Brokaw has spent nearly his entire career with NBC News, starting as a Los Angeles bureau correspondent and a KNBC anchor.
An avid outdoorsman and a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Brokaw is also a best-selling author. He has published six books, including The Greatest Generation, and penned numerous Op-Eds that have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, TIME magazine, Newsweek, Outside, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal and The New Yorker. Brokaw is the recipient of every major journalism award, including the Peabody, Dupont and Emmy awards as well as several lifetime achievement recognitions.