Goodnight and Good Luck

Tom Brokaw has enjoyed a long and fantastic career in broadcast journalism and is one name in that field that audiences continue to trust.  That could be because he’s not spray tanned beyond repair, but I think it has more to do with the fact that he reports the news rather than simply reading it from a teleprompter.  Known best for his work on the NBC Nightly News, Brokaw was born in South Dakota.  His humble upbringing enables him to bridge the gap between elitist academics and the “Joe six-packs” of our country.

His news coverage has taken us from Watergate to interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin to extensive reporting on September 11, 2001.  In case you still aren’t impressed, he is also the author of five best-selling books.  His latest book, “Boom! Voices of the Sixties” covers the baby boom era via interviews with such household names as Karl Rove and Hillary Clinton in a more personal manner than on Meet The Press.

Speaking this Thursday afternoon at the Central Library with USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s director Geneva Overholser, Brokaw will shed some light on what it has been like to live through such an illustrious career.  He is in town to receive the 2009 Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award and is no stranger to receiving accolades.  He’s pocketed the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, a Peabody, and a number of honorary degrees from such institutions as Dartmouth, Fordham, Skidmore, and Northwestern.  With a life that includes so many groundbreaking firsts in broadcast journalism, if anyone’s bound to have a good couple of stories to tell, it’s Brokaw.


Tom Brokaw and Geneva Overholser will speak at the Central Library as part of the Aloud LA series on Thursday, May 28 at noon.  For more information, click here or please call (213) 228-7025.

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