Tom Brokaw, Doctor of Humane Letters


Tom Brokaw served for 21 years as the anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," stepping down in 2004. As a special correspondent, he continues to report and produce long-form documentaries and provide expertise during breaking news events for NBC News.

Most recently, Brokaw reported for USA Network's "Bridging the Divide," a documentary aimed at assessing America's progress combating prejudice and discrimination in the nearly 50 years since the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Prior to that project, Brokaw reported on the baby boomer generation for a documentary on CNBC, and before that he traveled across the country to report on the changing face of the nation in "American Character Along Highway 50" for NBC News and USA Network.

He is the author of five books, including the 2007 bestseller BOOM! Voices of the Sixties, which included interviews with retired St. Lawrence Vice President for Administrative Operations Thomas Coakley and his wife, Nellie, both of whom are veterans of the war in Vietnam. The Coakleys were also featured in a television special related to the book, and welcomed Brokaw to campus for a well-received public lecture in 2008.