Peabody Awards: Tom Brokaw Shines In Stellar Last Act

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw spent more than 20 years in a pitched three-way battle as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News.” Yet his greatest legacy, frankly, might be how classily he has defined what the transition to emeritus status can look like.

Since gracefully handing the anchor reins to Brian Williams in 2004, Brokaw has remained a welcome presence on NBC, but has branched out beyond that — writing books devoted to “The Greatest Generation,” a demographic TV hardly chases; and hosting documentaries for various channels.

Networks always talk about keeping such personalities in the family, but it rarely happens. Brokaw’s last act elegantly bucks that trend.


What: Peabody Awards

When: 11 a.m. reception; 12:30 p.m. luncheon & ceremony, May 19

Where: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York


2014 Peabody Award Winners

Personal Award: Tom Brokaw

“180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School” (PBS)

“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS)

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (CNN)

“Best Kept Secret” (PBS)

“Borgen” (DR1, Denmark)

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“The Bridge” (FX)

“Broadchurch” (BBC America)

“Burka Avenger” (Geo Tez)

“The Central Park Five” (PBS)

“A Chef’s Life” (PBS)

“Coverage of Boston Marathon Bombings” (WBZ-TV, Boston, and WBZ Newsradio 1030)

“Coverage of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan)” (GMA Networks, Philippines)

“Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera” (Al Jazeera America)

“Fault Lines: Made in Bangladesh” (Al Jazeera America)

“Frontline: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” (PBS)

“Great Performances,” for “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy”

“Hanford’s Dirty Secrets” (KING-TV, Seattle)

“Harper High School” (WBEZ Chicago 91.5)

“Hollow” (

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

“In Plain Sight: Poverty in America,” (NBC &

“Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague” (PBS)

“Independent Lens: The Invisible War” (PBS)

“Inside Syria’s War” (BBC World News)

“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

“Latino Americans” (PBS)

“The Law in These Parts” (PBS)

“Life According to Sam” (HBO)

“Louisiana Purchased” (WVUE-TV, New Orleans, La. and

“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” (HBO)

“A Needed Response,” (YouTube/ Samantha Stendal )

“News Channel 5 Investigates: Questions of Influence” (WTVF-TV, Nashville)

“One-on-One With Assad” (CBS)

“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Orphan Black” (BBC America)

“Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis” (ESPN)

“The Race Card Project” (NPR’s Morning Edition)

“Reveal: The VA’s Opiate Overload” (Public Radio)

“The Returned” (Les Revenants) (Sundance TV)

“Scandal” (ABC)

“A Short History of the Highrise” (

“Six by Sondheim” (HBO)

“The Story of Film” (TCM)

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  1. Mark Isenberg says:

    Tom Brokaw is a good friend to many from Jane Pauley in introducing her to Garry Trudeau to David Letterman,etc. He has not exactly done outstanding work as a Journalist compared to the Greatest Generation advocacy but he was on scene in Berlin on the night the infamous Wall came down and that was a special moment others did not focus on with our cold war history. He deserves this award if only for showing how to make it from Yankton,SD to a ranch in Montana with a few stints in between including 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC….

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