Nebraska Authors

Tom Brokaw

Born 1940 Webster, SD (USA)

Brokaw was a news Broadcaster for KMTV, Omaha, from 1962-65. He was best known as the anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. In literary terms, he is best known for his 1998 book The Greatest Generation, about the generation that grew up in the Great Depression and fought World War II.

Places Lived

Webster, SD
Bristol, SD
Igloo, SD
Pickstown, SD
Yankton, SD
Iowa City, IA
Vermillion, SD
Sioux City, IA
Omaha, NE
Atlanta, GA
Los Angeles, CA
Washington, D.C.
Livingston, MT

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


Undergraduate Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, 1964, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD


Television Newscaster

Places Worked

KTIV, Sioux City, IA
KMTV, Omaha, NE
WSBTV, Atlanta, GA
NBC, Los Angeles, CA
NBC, Washington, D.C.


Numerous awards, including:
Multiple Emmy Awards
Over 30 Honorary Degrees
Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism, 2011
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2015
French Legion of Honor, 2016


NBC News
American Academy of Arts and Sciences


The Greatest Generation. 1998.
The Greatest Generation Speaks. 1999.
An Album of Memories. 2001.
A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland. 2002.
Galen Rowell: A Retrospective, Foreword by Tom Brokaw. 2006.
Boom! Voices of the Sixties. Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today. 2007.
The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America. 2011.
Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber. 2013.
A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope. 2015.

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