HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19, 2016 – The UNC-TV network will broadcast an encore presentation of “High Point University Presents: A Conversation with Tom Brokaw and Nido R. Qubein” at 6 p.m. on April 24.
When Brokaw sat down with Qubein for an extended question and answer session, Qubein asked Brokaw about his career as a respected journalist who covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and penned the term “The Greatest Generation,” which refers to the men and women who grew up during the Great Depression then went on to serve in World War II. It is also the title of his bestselling book that tells the stories of these individuals.
He also discussed some of the dark moments he faced when battling cancer.
“When I would start to feel sorry for myself, I would think about the kids that I saw in Afghanistan and Iraq, and medevac flights that were coming home [with soldiers] without legs or in body bags and what their families were going through,” Brokaw said. “Or I would see somebody in the street who was being pushed by a wheelchair and I thought, ‘Look, I am going to beat this at some point.’”
The UNC-TV network has broadcast conversations with Qubein and influential leaders at 6 p.m. each Sunday in April.
About Tom Brokaw:
Brokaw has spent his entire journalism career with NBC News beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau, where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the 1960s counter culture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.
From Los Angeles, Brokaw went to Washington as the White House correspondent during Watergate and as the principal backup for John Chancellor as anchor of “NBC Nightly News.” His next stop was “TODAY” in New York, followed by his appointment as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.”
He took over “Meet the Press” for the 2008 campaign when his close friend and colleague Tim Russert died.
In addition to his daily news gathering responsibilities, Brokaw reported on more than 30 documentaries covering subjects ranging from AIDS, Los Angeles gangs, race, education, medicine, immigration and global warming.
He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet, accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dali Lama; and the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin Wall came down.