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Tom Brokaw Fast Facts

Journalist Tom Brokaw speaks at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf Astoria on September 29, 2014 in New York City.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Emmy award-winning news anchor Tom Brokaw.
Personal:

Birth date: February 6, 1940

Birth place: Webster, South Dakota
Birth name: Thomas John Brokaw
    Father: Anthony Orville "Red" Brokaw, construction foreman
    Mother: Eugenia "Jean" (Conley) Brokaw, post office clerk
    Marriage: Meredith (Auld) Brokaw (August 17, 1962-present)
    Children: Sarah, 1970; Andrea, 1968; Jennifer, 1966
    Education: Attended University of Iowa in the late 1950s; University of South Dakota, B.A. in political science, 1962
    Other Facts:
    Nominated for 39 Emmy awards and won eleven: ten competitive and one honorary.
    Won two Peabody awards.
    Timeline:
    1962-1965 -
    Morning news editor for a television station in Omaha, Nebraska.
    1966 - Joins NBC as an anchor and correspondent at an affiliate station in Los Angeles.
    1973 - Becomes NBC's White House correspondent and weekend news anchor.
    1976-1982 - Hosts "Today," taking over for Jim Hartz.
    April 1982-December 1, 2004 - Anchors "NBC Nightly News."
    November 30, 1987 - Brokaw's interview with Mikhail Gorbachev airs. It is the first interview of a Soviet leader by an American journalist.
    1988 - Wins an Emmy award as a writer for "Summer Olympics."
    1989 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer (Programs) for "Ronald Reagan...An American Success Story."
    1989 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a Single News Story (Programs) for "NBC News Special: Crisis in China."
    1989 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding General Coverage of a Single Breaking News Story (Segments) for "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw: Romanian Revolution Coverage."
    1989 - Wins a Peabody award for "To Be an American."
    1993 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a Single News Story (Programs) for "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw: Flood of '93."
    1997 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding General Coverage of a Single Breaking News Story for "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw: Grand Forks Floods."
    1998 - Best-selling first book "The Greatest Generation" is released.
    1999 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story - Programs for "Dateline NBC: Killing at Columbine."
    October 12, 2001 - Brokaw's assistant tests positive for a mild form of cutaneous anthrax, after opening a letter containing a suspicious white powder.
    2002 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Interview for "Dateline NBC: America Remembers - 9/11 Controllers."
    2003 - Wins a Peabody award for "A Question of Fairness."
    2004 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story - Long Form for "NBC News Special: The Death and Funeral of Ronald Wilson Reagan."
    2004 - Receives the lifetime achievement Emmy award from the National Television Academy (formerly the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences).
    2004-present - Serves as a special correspondent for NBC.
    2008 - Wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story - Long Form for "NBC News - Decision 2008."
    June 2008-December 2008 - Following Tim Russert's death, serves as interim moderator of "Meet the Press."
    September 6, 2012 - Briefly hospitalized in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brokaw later tweets that he "mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien."
    February 11, 2014 - NBC announces Brokaw is being treated for cancer and he was "diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August at the Mayo Clinic."
    November 10, 2014 - The White House announces that Brokaw will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
    December 21, 2014 - Brokaw releases a statement revealing his cancer is in remission and that he will soon begin a drug regimen in an attempt to keep the cancer from returning.
    May 12, 2015 - Brokaw's book "A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope" is released.