Susan Binford, Assistant Dean for Communications and Outreach
Victoria Yu, Public Affairs Representative
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1, 2017 — Award winning journalist and best-selling author Tom Brokaw will deliver the commencement address to the 2017 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin on May 20, 2017. Known for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers “The Greatest Generation” and “A Lucky Life Interrupted,” Brokaw served as anchor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. Brokaw, who is currently celebrating his 50th anniversary with NBC News, continues to serve as a special correspondent for the network.
In making the announcement, LBJ School Dean Angela Evans said, “We are extremely honored to have Mr. Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, as our commencement speaker for this year’s graduating class. His experienced perspective on the challenges ahead for those entering public service in our current political climate will be absolutely invaluable.”
“We are extremely honored to have Mr. Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, as our commencement speaker for this year’s graduating class. His experienced perspective on the challenges ahead for those entering public service in our current political climate will be absolutely invaluable.” —Dean Angela Evans
Brokaw, who has spent his entire distinguished journalism career with NBC News, is the only person to host all three major NBC News programs: “Today,” “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.” He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first one-on-one interviews with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Russian President Vladimir Putin; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama; and the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin Wall came down, which earned him The Order of Merit from the German government.
In addition to his daily newsgathering responsibilities, Brokaw reported on more than thirty documentaries covering subjects ranging from AIDS, Los Angeles gangs, race, education, medicine, immigration and global warming.
Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including a Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and a lifetime achievement recognition. In the spring of 2016 Brokaw was awarded the coveted Legion of Honor by the French government for his extensive reporting on World War II. In November of 2014 Brokaw was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, the highest civilian award given to those who made “meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”