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Tom Brokaw, one of the most iconic journalists and anchors in news, will be retiring from NBC News after a 55-year career with the network.

Brokaw announced his retirement in a statement today (January 22) in which he said, “During one of the most complex and consequential eras in American history, a new generation of NBC News journalists, producers and technicians is providing America with timely, insightful and critically important information, 24/7. I could not be more proud of them.

Famously, Brokaw anchored NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. Before that prestigious role, he was an anchor for NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate KNBC in the 1960s and helped cover Ronald Reagan’s first presidential run in 1966 for NBC’s L.A. bureau. His profile would grow in 1973 when he became NBC’s White House correspondent where he covered the Watergate scandal which led to the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. Brokaw continued to rise in the NBC ranks in 1976 when he became a co-host on Today, his final stop before heading to NBC Nightly News.

Since stepping down from NBC Nightly News, Brokaw served as a senior correspondent for NBC News.

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