NBC News is unveiling a new Los Angeles bureau that it is naming in honor of a longtime anchor for the network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is naming the facility the Brokaw News Center in honor of Tom Brokaw.
The center, which is on the Universal Studios lot, will be home to the West Coast operations of NBC News, as well as CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and KNBC and KVEA, the story reports. Brokaw and his wife, Meredith, were expected to attend a dedication ceremony today, Tuesday.
Brokaw began his career as a correspondent for NBC News and anchor at KNBC in 1966, with his first story being the departure of Yankees manager Johnny Keane and his replacement, Ralph Houk, the story notes.
“Now, you have to remember that two and a half years earlier I was leaving my hometown of Yankton, South Dakota, with my new bride, Meredith,” Brokaw told the publication. “Everything we owned was in the back seat of a Chevy. And there I am getting a phone call, 'Go to Angels Stadium and interview the new Yankees manager.' I watched the game, went down and did the interviews, met Mickey Mantle, met Roger Maris. I thought, it doesn't get much better than this."
Brokaw, who anchored "NBC Nightly News" from 1982-2004, now narrates documentaries and serves as a special correspondent for NBC News and NBC Sports’ Olympics coverage.
The Brokaw Center will have four newsrooms and six production studios in its 150,000-square-foot footprint. Other icons who have had buildings on the lot named after them include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello.