Washington, D.C. – Prominent broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw has been
named the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) by
the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU).
The award will be presented at the AASCU Annual Meeting Awards Brunch on
Tuesday, November 25 in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Aimed at directing national attention to the value of society’s
investment in state colleges and universities, the Distinguished Alumnus
Award is presented to an individual, known nationally or
internationally, who has made a significant contribution to the public,
intellectual or cultural life of the nation. Brokaw, former anchor and
managing editor of the “NBC Nightly News,” holds a degree in political
science from the University of South Dakota.
Brokaw began his journalism career in 1962 at KMTV in Omaha,
Nebraska. He anchored the late evening news on Atlanta's WSB-TV in
1965 before joining KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Hired by NBC News in 1966,
Brokaw anchored the "Today" program from 1976-1981 and the “NBC Nightly
News” from 1982-2004.
Complementing his distinguished broadcast journalism career, Brokaw
has written articles, essays and commentary for several publications
including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles
Times, Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker, Men's Journal, Sports
Illustrated, Life, National Geographic, Outside and Interview. Brokaw is also the author of several best-selling books including The Greatest Generation, A Long Way from Home and Boom! Voices of the Sixties.
Brokaw has earned a dozen Emmys and two Peabody and duPont awards for
his journalistic achievements, as well as the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime
Achievement Award and the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
First presented more than 35 years ago, Brokaw joins a list of past
DAA honorees that include former Secretary of State General Colin L.
Powell (City College of the City University of New York), Academy
Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint (Bowling Green State University,
Ohio), biochemist and 1988 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine
Gertrude Belle Elion (City University of New York, Hunger College), and
acclaimed mathematics teacher Jaime A. Escalante (California State
University, Los Angeles). Nominees must be a graduate of an AASCU member
institution and be nominated by a president or chancellor.
AASCU is the leadership association of 420 public colleges and
universities Delivering America’s Promise through their common
commitments to access, affordability and educational
opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students, these institutions
fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the
public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby
improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their