December 5, 2009
NEW YORK - Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and his wife escaped injury in a three-car accident on a New York City highway that killed one woman and injured a mail truck driver Friday. The accident happened about 1 p.m. as Brokaw was driving in the left lane of the northbound Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx. The Brokaws said they noticed a spool of cable bouncing in the far right lane, which caused the driver of the green SUV to lose control as she tried to avoid it. The Brokaws said the SUV slid into the middle lane, forcing a mail truck into the couple's lane.
December 8, 2007
Like any good journalist, which he indisputably is, Tom Brokaw has a tough time with the word "I." Using "I" means talking about yourself, and saying what you think and feel and believe. It's a great word for a talk-show host. It's a terrible word for a veteran TV journalist who's spent the past 40 years keeping onlookers out of the sanctum sanctorum inside his head. On TV 1968 With Tom Brokaw airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on the History Channel.
December 3, 2004
No anchorman in the history of American television has ever been as groomed and prepped as Brian Williams was to take over NBC Nightly News from Tom Brokaw last night. The transition was announced 2 1/2 years ago, and for the past 10 years Williams has been sitting in at the Rockefeller Center anchor desk in New York any time Brokaw needed to be away from it. "One of the things we're very proud of is that we've planned for a long time to make this a very smooth, seamless transition," Neal Shapiro, president of NBC News, said this week.
December 2, 2004
ONE OF TELEVISION'S greats departed this week, and we bemoan the nation's collective loss. We speak not of NBC's Tom Brokaw - although he handled the overrated task of reading information from a teleprompter as well as anyone - or the highly caffeinated Dan Rather, who adds that folksy sense of dread to the news. (When does the tightly wound anchorman finally leap into the camera like a prairie dog with sunstroke? Watch the CBS Evening News.) But the man we'll miss most is none other than Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy!
December 1, 2004
Tom Brokaw's mother once told him a story that helped shape how he approached his work as anchor of NBC Nightly News. His grandfather, she told him long ago, was a South Dakota farmer in the 1920s. One Christmas, he received enough money to buy a crystal radio set. From then on, Brokaw's grandfather listened to news reports on the two-tube contraption "sitting up half the night, headsets on, forgoing sleep, listening through the static." The image of his grandfather listening, fascinated, never faded.
June 9, 2004
A lifeguard named `Dutch' Seventy-one years ago, when I was only 16 and my maiden name was Doris Winter and my home was Baltimore, Md., I went on a vacation with my family to Dixon, Ill., to visit my aunt. While there, my aunt took us to Lowell Park - a park on the banks of a beautiful river - for a picnic dinner. Around 5 o'clock, everyone had gone home except the lifeguard. Knowing I wanted to swim, my aunt called to him - everyone in small towns knows each other - "Dutch! Are you going to stay so my niece can take a quick dip?"