In 2006, Brokaw reported on race and poverty in “Separate and Unequal”. The report took an honest look at the progress that’s been made, and the problems that persist, 40 years after the civil rights movement. He documented how the people of Jackson, Miss., struggle every day with the ongoing issues of race in America. He also reported on illegal immigration in “Tom Brokaw Reports: In the Shadow of the American Dream&dquo;, exploring the economic realities, the social consequences, and the political controversies surrounding one of the hottest topics dividing the country today. Brokaw was the only network evening news anchor to report from Normandy, France, during the D-Day 60th Anniversary ceremonies in June, 2004. He conducted exclusive interviews with French President Jacques Chirac in Paris and President George W. Bush at the American Cemetery at Normandy Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on June 6, the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.
The NBC News anchor also has a distinguished record as a political reporter. He has covered every presidential election since 1968 and was NBC's White House correspondent during the national trauma of Watergate (1973-1976).
In 1998, Brokaw became a best-selling author with the publication of “The Greatest Generation”. Inspired by the mountain of mail he received from his first book, Brokaw wrote “The Greatest Generation Speaks” in 1999. He is also the author of “An Album of Memories“ and “A Long Way from Home”, a reflective look about growing up in the American heartland. In 2007, his book “Boom! Voices of the Sixties”, was published.
Brokaw began his journalism career in 1962 at KMTV in Omaha, Neb. He anchored the late-evening news on Atlanta's WSB-TV in 1965 before joining KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He was hired by NBC News in 1966, and from 1976-1981 he anchored NBC News’ “Today” program.
General Colin L. Powell
Colin L. Powell (born April 5, 1937) was nominated by President Bush on Dec.16, 2000 to be Secretary of State. After his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in as the 65th Secretary of State on Jan. 20, 2001. Prior to his appointment, General Powell was the chairman of America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people.
General Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held myriad command and staff positions and rose to the rank of four-star general. His last assignment, from Oct. 1, 1989 to Sept. 30, 1993, was as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm, in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Following his retirement, Secretary Powell wrote a best-selling autobiography, “My American Journey”, which was published in 1995. Additionally, he pursued a career as a public speaker, addressing audiences across the country and abroad.
General Powell was raised in the South Bronx. His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, had immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. General Powell was educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University.
General Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards and decorations. General Powell’s civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor, and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country.