Brokaw to accept Murrow award

Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, will accept the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum at WSU Pullman. The award presentation and Brokaw’s acceptance speech are free to the public.

Brokaw, a South Dakota native, began his career at NBC News in 1966. He was NBC’s White House correspondent and anchor of the Today show before assuming the anchor and managing editor position of the nightly news in 1983. Brokaw retired from the anchor desk in late 2004 but continues to do special assignment reporting for NBC News.

“The Murrow School faculty and professional advisory board were impressed with Mr. Brokaw’s consistent and long-standing adherence to courageous, insightful, informative and balanced reporting that continues to make a difference, the very qualities that constitute the Murrow legacy,” said Alexis Tan, director, WSU Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.

Upon receiving the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting in 2004, former ABC news anchor Peter Jennings called the award, “the pinnacle.”

The annual Murrow Symposium, of which the award is a part, includes events for students: a high school journalism competition, scholarship awards banquet, and workshops featuring professionals involved with every phase of communication from broadcasting to print and public relations.

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