NBC Special to Celebrate Tom Brokaw’s 50 Years at the Network

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With the massive number and wide variety of news outlets today, and with the recent talk of “fake news,” it’s nice sometimes to look back at what may have been the heyday of network news, when the likes of Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Edward R. Murrow and others told it like it was.

Tom Brokaw was certainly part of that “greatest generation” of news reporters/anchors, and NBC will celebrate Brokaw’s 50th anniversary at the network in a two-hour, all-star primetime Dateline NBC special airing Jan. 29 called Tom Brokaw at NBC News: The First 50 Years.

The program features Brokaw’s most memorable highlights and famous interviews from the start of his career reporting on Ronald Reagan’s first run for office, to Watergate, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, to his most recent coverage of the 2016 presidential election (pictured), as well as never-before-seen moments from Brokaw’s tenure at NBC News and new conversations with special guests. Brokaw and his guests will share insights and discuss topics from the last half century including race relations, politics, the women’s movement, technology, and global affairs.

Brokaw’s in-depth conversations with A-list leaders of business, politics and culture include guests Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Jon Stewart, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Powell, David Letterman, Sheryl Sandberg, Lester Holt, Maria Shriver, Lorne Michaels, Nikki Haley, Jim Webb, Wes Moore and Thomas Friedman.

“For 50 years I’ve been covering stories around the world for NBC News and this is a unique opportunity to share those experiences with friends and our audience,” said Brokaw in a release. “It’s a little overwhelming to realize how far I’ve gone and what I’ve seen.”

Tom Brokaw at NBC News: The First 50 Years, Sunday, Jan. 29, 9/8c, NBC