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Tom Brokaw: ‘Very Pleased’ With the Progress of Cancer Treatment

NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw discussed his multiple myeloma bone marrow cancer with David Letterman last night, saying he would like to keep the matter as private as possible.

“I’m very pleased with the progress, and that’s about as far as I want to go,” Brokaw said, adding it’s not just him going through this ordeal.

“A lot of people are going through what I’m going through, and they don’t have the advantages that I do…I am so conscious of that everyday.”

For Brokaw, continuing to work at NBC has been therapy for him.

The Ticker: Brokaw, ‘GMA’, Kasell

  • NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Jefferson Awards tomorrow. The awards honor the greatest contributions in public service.

  • Monday’s “Good Morning America” drew 7.127 million total viewers and 2.875 million A25-54 demo viewers. This was “GMA’s” best post-Oscars Monday show since the show started airing on Sunday night in 1999.

  • Veteran NPR newscaster and current host of the comedy quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Carl Kasell is retiring from the network this spring.  Kasell served as newscaster for “Morning Edition” on NPR for 30 years.

Tom Brokaw to Interview Angelina Jolie, Louis Zamperini about ‘Unbroken’

JolieZamperiniNBC’s Tom Brokaw bridges the Greatest Generation and Generation X as he interviews actor/director Angelina Jolie and 97-year-old Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian, WWII prisoner of war and subject of “Unbroken,” Laura Hillenbrand‘s best-selling book. Jolie is directing the film version of “Unbroken,” which will be released Christmas Day.

With Brokaw, Jolie opens up about her determination to direct this film, made during a challenging time in her own life. Brokaw’s interview, which airs tomorrow on “Today,” follows a 3-minute film preview Brokaw narrated that aired during the Sochi games.

“Unbroken” was produced by NBCU’s Universal Pictures. In the past, Ann Curry has been Jolie’s go-to NBC reporter when discussing her humanitarian work.

Garrick Utley Has Died

GarrickUtleyLongtime NBC Newsman Garrick Utley has died following a long battle with cancer.

Utley, who was 74, joined NBC News as a researcher in Europe for the Huntley-Brinkley Report. He would later become a foreign correspondent reporting from around the world.

“Garrick was the first of our generation to crack the starting line-up of NBC News in the glory days of Huntley-Brinkley,” Tom Brokaw writes in a note to his NBC News colleague. “He was NBC’s first Saigon bureau chief and, later, ran our London and Paris bureaus before returning home to anchor a weekly magazine show and serve as fill-in anchor for John Chancellor on ‘Nightly.’”

For a time, Utley also moderated “Meet the Press” and the Sunday “Today” show.

“Garrick embodied the history of NBC News for most of the latter half of the 20th Century and he will be greatly missed,” Brokaw writes.

He is survived by his wife Gertje, a brother Jonathon and sister-in-law Carol Marin, a longtime anchor and reporter at NBC station WMAQ.

(Photo: Syracuse University)

Tom Brokaw Hosts ‘Space Race’ Special Today

olympics nbc_sochi1Following today’s dramatic shootout Team USA win over Russia in Olympic Hockey, NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw takes a look at another Cold War rivalry, the conquest of space.

In “Space Race,” airing at 3pmET today on NBC, Brokaw examines the most memorable moments of Cold War battles fought in space including Sputnik; Alexei Leonov’s first-ever spacewalk; the Apollo 11 moon landing; and the joint U.S.-Soviet “Apollo-Soyuz” mission in 1975 that, according to astronaut Tom Stafford, ended the race.

“Tom Brokaw is the perfect voice to guide us through this journey, telling a powerful story through interviews with astronauts, cosmonauts, historians, and family members of those intimately involved in this epic contest,” says Olympics EP Jim Bell.

Brokaw, who turned 74 last week, worked on this special, and others, as he battles multiple myeloma.

Tom Brokaw Diagnosed With Cancer

tom_brokaw_01NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw is being treated for multiple myeloma, TVNewser has learned.

Brokaw, who turned 74 last week, was diagnosed with the bone marrow cancer in August at the Mayo Clinic.

“With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come,” Brokaw says in a statement. “I remain the luckiest guy I know.”

Throughout his treatment, Brokaw has continued to work on NBC News projects, including a two-hour documentary on the assassination of JFK, appearances on “TODAY,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Meet the Press” and MSNBC.

He is also contributing to NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics from New York.

“I am very grateful for the interest in my condition,” says Brokaw, “but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter.”

Lisa Myers Leaving NBC News

lisa myersAfter more than 30 years as a political and investigative correspondent, Lisa Myers is leaving NBC News.

“I have had more than 30 fascinating years at NBC News, learning from and working alongside the best of the best, including journalists who paved the way for many of us: Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert,” Myers said in a note to staffers sent by Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland this afternoon.

“I will greatly miss my many talented friends throughout the network, to whom I owe much, and who represent the best of journalism. I greatly appreciate the company granting my request to change gears and pursue new horizons.”

Strickland praised Myers’ “tenacity, integrity and commitment to journalism.” She joined NBC News in 1981 from The Washington Star, where she was the White House correspondent.

“I could tick off the numerous awards that Lisa has received over the years—and there are plenty— but perhaps more important than critical acclaim is the positive impact that her reporting has had on the lives of many,” Strickland wrote.

Strickland’s note is after the jump. Read more

Bill O’Reilly Responds to Tom Brokaw

OReillyBrokawTVNewser interviewed Tom Brokaw last week as he took part in a book event for his former “Today” show co-anchor Jane Pauley. In our interview, we asked about the sustainability of the three network evening newscasts. Brokaw said most people he talks to think Fox News host Bill O’Reilly “is the most popular guy in news.” Brokaw tells them that O’Reilly “would finish dead last” up against the evening newscasts.

Well, that was red meat for O’Reilly, and last night he responded in his “Talking Points Memo.”

“Dead last? Really? Me?,” said O’Reilly. Then he talked about how, yes, the evening newscasts do have a larger audience than his, but that’s because they “are on all TV sets in America, with low dial positions.  Fox News, you have to pay for,” said O’Reilly, “You have to hunt for us, and thank God you do.”

“Tom Brokaw should be happy, overjoyed, thrilled, that cable news and ‘The Factor’ exists,” said O’Reilly, who invited Brokaw on the show to talk about his comments. “He shouldn’t be running us down. He should be amazed because we provide a voice you would never hear on the network news.”

Brokaw’s spokesperson tells TVNewser the NBC Newsman wouldn’t have been able to be on O’Reilly’s show yesterday, “due to an important personal commitment,” but that Brokaw “would like to appear on the show in the near future.” In fact, prior to O’Reilly’s comments NBC was working on alternative dates for him to appear.

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Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley Together Again

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Former “Today” co-anchors Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley reunited recently for an event at NYC’s 92nd Street Y to talk about Pauley’s new book.

Brokaw and Pauley recounted the period in the late 1970′s/early 1980′s they anchored together.

“There was chaos at NBC,” Brokaw said. “I had been the White House Correspondent; I go from covering Nixon resigning into doing morning television. Jane, not that long out of Indianapolis, through Chicago, arrives with the whole world looking in. We were put in this life raft and sent a sea.”

Joining “Today” right out of college, Pauley remembers being told not to mention her age.

“I remember her (Barbara Howard) taking me aside, privately, and saying ‘Jane, you gotta stop telling people how old you are. They’re going to remember,’” Pauley said.

“I’ve always been future-oriented, but in terms of my career, I felt like I was living minute-to-minute,” she continued, referencing the 13-week contract cycle she worked under back then.

The two are grateful they remained friends.

 

The Saturday Ticker: Bloomberg’s Back, ‘Cups’ Filled, Digging a Dinosaur

  • The NYTimes reports Michael Bloomberg is back at his old company and taking a hands-on role: “He sits with the TV operation and media group on the fifth floor of the Bloomberg tower, in the same cluster of desks as Justin Smith, the new chief executive of Bloomberg Media.”

  • Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson defends his bestseller to NBC’s Tom Brokaw and says the stories in his book happened, but not in the sequence or the timing that he wrote. The interview airs Tuesday on “Today.”

  • From whales to dinosaurs. CNN Films has acquired Dinosaur 13, a documentary that follows paleontologist Peter Larson and “Sue,” a 65 million year-old fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Dinosaur 13 will be shown in theaters this year and on CNN later.

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