Tom Brokaw has had a long career as a TV journalist and author. He was anchor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004, and in 1998 he wrote the bestselling book, The Greatest Generation. But in 2013, his life was interrupted with a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. He continued to work for NBC throughout his treatments at the Mayo Clinic. In December 2014, he announced that his cancer “was in full remission.”
Now the 75-year-old has written another book, a memoir called A Lucky Life Interrupted. It sheds light on his personal life including about his wife and children and how they’ve supported him throughout his battle with cancer. Brokaw’s wife is Meredith Brokaw, formerly Meredith Lynn Auld. He married the former Miss South Dakota (1959) in 1962. She has had an impressive career as well. She was vice-chair of Conservation International, a director of the Gannett Company for 18 years, and started her own company in New York City, Penny Whistle Toys. Meredith also wrote eight Penny Whistle books for children. The Brokaws have three daughters, Jennifer Jean Brokaw, Andrea Brooks Simon, and Sarah Auld Brokaw. Dateline NBC will air a special called Tom Brokaw: A Lucky Life Interrupted on Thursday, May 7, 10pm.