Legendary NBC Information anchor Tom Brokaw introduced his retirement on Friday, closing the curtain on his half-century-long profession chronicling a few of the most tumultuous instances in U.S. historical past.

Brokaw, 80, will grasp up his mic as the one anchor to have ever led all three of NBC's main information reveals: "Nightly Information," "TODAY" and "Meet the Press."

"Throughout probably the most complicated and consequential eras in American historical past, a brand new era of NBC Information journalists, producers and technicians is offering America with well timed, insightful and critically essential info, 24/7," Brokaw mentioned in a press release. "I couldn't be extra happy with them."

Whereas Brokaw has gained quite a few, prestigious journalism awards, together with Peabodys, Duponts, Emmys and The Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting, he might be greatest recognized for his work documenting the sacrifices made by People throughout World Conflict II.

His 1998 e book "The Best Technology" profiled a lot of these People who got here of age throughout that troublesome stretch of U.S. historical past.

Brokaw started his NBC profession within the Los Angeles bureau, the place the community now runs its West Coast broadcast hub from the Brokaw Information Middle.

He coated future President Ronald Reagan’s first run for public workplace, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 presidential marketing campaign gained by Richard Nixon.

He moved to the nation's capital in 1973 and labored as a NBC Information White Home correspondent in the course of the Watergate scandal, which compelled Nixon out of workplace in 1974.

Then in 1976, Brokaw co-hosted the "TODAY" present earlier than turning into anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly Information with Tom Brokaw" in 1983.

He led the group there for 22 years earlier than stepping down in late 2004 to turn out to be a particular correspondent for NBC. He additionally served as moderator of "Meet the Press" instantly after the premature loss of life of Tim Russert in 2008.

President Barack Obama awarded Brokaw the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2014.

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