Tom Brokaw Fast Facts

(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 10. Also received an honorary Emmy.
    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.
    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.
      April 26, 2018 - Former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester accuses Brokaw of harassment in the 1990s, according to reports by the Washington Post and Variety. Brokaw denies the allegations in a statement provided to reporters by NBC.
      January 27, 2019 - During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Brokaw says he thinks Hispanics should "work harder at assimilation" into American culture. Brokaw later tweets that he regrets the comment.