Over 60 Women, Including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Maria Shriver and Kelly O’Donnell, Sign Letter of Support for Tom Brokaw

Television journalist and author Tom Brokaw, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Nov., 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Maria Shriver and Kelly O’Donnell and more than 60 other women have voiced their support for Tom Brokaw in the wake of sexual harassment allegations leveled against the NBC News veteran.

The letter signed by current and former NBC News staffers praises Brokaw “as a man of tremendous decency and integrity” and as one who “treated each of us with fairness and respect.” It comes on the heels of reports in the Washington Post and Variety that Brokaw made unwanted sexual advances to former NBC News anchor Linda Vester in the mid-1990s.

Brokaw,” the letter reads, “has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers. As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.”

Elizabeth Bowyer, co-head of brand and content strategy at Goldman Sachs, wrote the letter Friday morning and sent it to a number of NBC News staffers and alumni. Bowyer previously worked for Brokaw and NBC News producing the “Tom Brokaw Reports” documentary series. She also worked with Brokaw on his best-selling books “The Greatest Generation” and “Boom: Voices of the Sixties.”

Bowyer said the response to the letter was “overwhelming” and she received many emails from women asking that their names be included, with responses still coming in as of Friday evening.

Here is the complete letter:

As professional women, we fully endorse the conversation around abuse of power in the workplace. In the context of that conversation, we would like to share our perspectives on working with Tom Brokaw.

We are current and former colleagues of Tom’s, who have worked with him over a period spanning four decades. We are producers, correspondents, anchors, directors, executives, researchers, personal assistants, editors and technical staff.

Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect. He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers. As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.

Signed,

Susanna Aaron

Heather Allan

Anne Binford Allen

Marilyn Altman

Donna Bass

Liz Bowyer

Stacy Brady

Victoria Burston

Mika Brzezinski

Mary Casalino

Christine Colvin Casper

Laura Castorino

Liz Cole

Nancy Cole

Erin O’Connor Corcoran

Martha Cotton

Karen Curry

Sara Cusimano

Helene Darvick

Allison Davis

Janice DeRosa

Joan Ehrlich

Gretchen Eisele

Rehema Ellis

Linda Ellman

Judy Farinet

Dianne Festa

Tammy Fine

Elizabeth Fischer

Lynn Flaster

Mary Laurence Flynn

Susan Friedman

Soraya Gage

Roxanne Garcia-Bell

Kim Grabina-Como

Maralyn Gelefsky

Carol Grisanti

Cheryl Gould

Erika Beck Grothues

Tina Gruettner

Colleen Halpin

Jody Henenfeld

Sarah Hodder

Susan Morris Holey

Julie Holstein

Kit Hopkins

Julie Huang

Peggy Hubble

Betty Hudson

Joyce Hurley

Kiko Itasaka

Nancy Jacoby

Janet Garfield Jamieson

Geraldine Jansen

Ronni Jordan-Blondi

Mary Kahler

Naomi Karam

Kat Keeney

Judith Kerr

Joan Kiplinger

Ann Kolbell

Audrey Beles Kolina

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

Patty Lang

Susan LaSalla

Rachel Maddow

Donna Mastrangelo-Ryan

Ellen McKeefe

Andrea Mitchell

Mauri Moore

Frieda Morris

Elena Nachmanoff

Michele Neubert

Kelly O’Donnell

Bonnie Optekman

Mary Alice O’Rourke

Nancy Doyle Palmer

Gay Pirozzi

Marian Porges

Polly Powell

Gemma Puglisi

Meaghan Rady

Meagan Redman

Elizabeth Vaughan Romaine

Amy Rosenberg

Merle Rubine

Stephanie Ruhle

Bita Ryan

Cynthia Samuels

J. Nicole Sanderson

Ruby Shamir

Maria Shriver

Robin Skolnick

Andrea Smith

Martha Spanninger

Maureen Stamm

Nancy Steiner

Patricia Sullivan

Rita Sultana

Clare Duffy Swift

Yuka Tachibana

Jenny Tartikoff

Bambi Tascarella

Zoya Taylor

Dee Dee Thomas

Anne Thompson

Kelly Venardos

Susan Bitner Weaver

Elissa Weldon

Kristen Welker

Carolyn Wheatley

Elizabeth Wilner

Mary Wolf

SOURCE: Variety, Cynthia Littleton