Tom Brokaw Retiring from NBC News After 55 Years

Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw will retire from NBC News after 55 years with the network.

In a press release announcing the news on Friday, the former NBC Nightly News anchor applauded the network's coverage over the years.

"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," said Brokaw, 80.

The longtime journalist first joined NBC News in 1966 as an anchor at the network's Los Angeles TV station, KNBC. He went on to co-anchor the Today show from 1976-1981 and NBC Nightly News from 1982-2004.

He has also hosted Meet the Press, making him the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs. In recent years, he has been a senior correspondent for the network.

Following his retirement, he "will continue to be active in print journalism, authoring books and articles, and spend time with his wife, Meredith, three daughters and grandchildren," the release stated.

In addition to his work at NBC, Brokaw has written several books on American history and has received a variety of awards during his career, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which former President Barack Obama awarded him in 2014.

In 2018, a former network correspondent, Linda Vester, accused Brokaw of sexually harassing her in the mid-1990s. Brokaw, who has been married to wife Meredith Auld since 1962, staunchly denied the allegations at the time.

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