Tom Brokaw Retires from NBC News After 55 Years

Tom Brokaw is retiring after being at NBC News for 55 years. (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via)

Veteran anchor Tom Brokaw is formally retiring after 55 years with NBC News, he announced Friday.

“During one of the most complex and consequential eras in American history, a new generation of NBC News journalists, producers and technicians is providing America with timely, insightful and critically important information, 24/7. I could not be more proud of them,” Brokaw said in a statement obtained by Deadline.

Brokaw, 80, helmed “NBC Nightly News” as the anchor and managing editor from 1982 to 2004. He most recently served as a special correspondent to NBC.

Born in Webster, South Dakota, and a graduate of the University of South Dakota, Brokaw rose to small-screen fame as one of the so-called “Big Three” news anchors in the 1980s with ABC News’ Peter Jennings and CBS News’ Dan Rather.

He is the only person to have hosted all three major NBC shows — the “Today” show, “NBC Nightly News” and “Meet the Press,” according to his online Emmy biography.

Brokaw has won several notable broadcast journalism awards, including several Emmys — one for lifetime achievement. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 2014, Brokaw also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Lia Eustachewich