NBC has booked a star-studded tribute to veteran newsman Tom Brokaw on the occasion of his 50th anniversary with the network. “Tom Brokaw at NBC News: The First 50 Years,” a two-hour “Dateline NBC” special, will air Sunday, Jan. 29, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
The show will include clips of memorable highlights and famous interviews dating back to the start of his career covering Ronald Reagan’s first run for office, along with never-before-seen moments and new conversations with special guests.
“Brokaw’s in-depth conversations with A-list leaders of business, politics and culture include guests Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Jon Stewart, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Powell, David Letterman, Sheryl Sandberg, Lester Holt, Maria Shriver, Lorne Michaels, Nikki Haley, Jim Webb, Wes Moore and Thomas Friedman,” NBC notes in its announcement.
Said Brokaw: “For 50 years I’ve been covering stories around the world for NBC News and this is a unique opportunity to share those experiences with friends and our audience. It’s a little overwhelming to realize how far I’ve gone and what I’ve seen.”
The announcement adds: “Brokaw, celebrated as the chronicler of ‘The Greatest Generation,’ began his career with NBC News in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau, where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the Sixties counterculture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign. In 1973, he moved to Washington as the NBC News White House correspondent, a position he held until 1976 when he started co-hosting ‘Today.’ In 1983, he became the anchor and managing editor of ‘NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.’
“Brokaw was the first to conduct an interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, the first to provide a network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama and the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin wall came down.”