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Tom Brokaw On NBC News’ ‘Brokaw News Center’ And New Projects

NBC News said it would name a new broadcast facility located on the lot of Universal Studios after longtime NBC News journalist and former chief “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw.

The “Brokaw News Center,” will house the West Coast operations of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and Telemundo News and local stations NBC4 Southern California/KNBC and Telemundo 52/KVEA. Brokaw has spent nearly his entire career with NBC News, starting as a Los Angeles bureau correspondent and a KNBC anchor, then of course rising to anchor NBC’s evening news.

For Brokaw, who joined NBC News in California in the 1960s the honor brings back a lot of memories. “I just turned 26 years of age,” he recalled in a short interview. “It was a life-changer for me.”

He would go on to cover the free-speech movement Berkeley, the Charles Manson murders, unrest in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts and more. “It was a very strong team,” he remembered. “It was very exciting. It was very hard to get me to leave. In 1972 [NBC News anchor John Chancellor] came to me and said, ‘It’s time come East and be a grown up,’ and I said, ‘I am a grown up in California.’ I liked it. And then a year later: ‘You’ve got come go to the White House.’ I was ready to go then.”

The newsman, who now works in a special correspondent capacity for NBC News, would go on to host “Today,” the network’s evening-news program and even “Meet The Press,” albeit briefly.

The journalist has maintained an active schedule since stepping down from “Nightly News,” despite fighting multiple myeloma, which he disclosed earlier this year. He said he is “working on a book about my health experience,” but declined to offer specific details. He also has other projects he is working on for NBC, he said. “I’m very encouraged by the treatment” and will determine his future schedule after looking at his health “in the fall.”

Brokaw joins NBCUniversal icons Abbott and Costello, Alfred Hitchcock, Carl Laemmle, Sidney Jay “Sid” Sheinberg and Steven Spielberg in having various buildings and streets on the Universal Studios lot named after them.

The 150,000-square foot news center comprises two three-story buildings featuring the latest technologies and enhancements. Once fully occupied later this spring, the center will house more than 600 people.

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