Join us at 1 p.m. ET Thursday for a live Q&A on frequently asked coronavirus questions. Learn more.
by Cable Neuhaus, AARP The Magazine, January/February 2005 issue
Inspire Awards 2005 Honorees
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
When Tom Brokaw stepped down in December as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, it signaled not just the end of his 21-year stint as the handsomely chiseled face of his network's news division; it also marked the end of an era.
"When I came up in the business, the world was seen through the prism of white middle-aged guys on the Eastern seaboard," Brokaw says. The trusted newsman helped change all that, scoring a string of exclusive interviews with such high-profile world leaders as Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama, and reporting directly from the scene in hot spots across the globe. He was the only evening news anchor in Berlin the night the Berlin Wall fell and the first to report from the site of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Now, cut loose from the rigors of a daily program, the newsman says he's eager to get on with his non-TV life. "Walter and Betsy Cronkite are role models for [my wife] Meredith and me," Brokaw says. "The energy they cast across a wide spectrum of interests inspires me." Brokaw's own interests post retirement include a visit to New Zealand and possibly even a new book. "I'm ready to try some new things," he says. "That's what life is all about."
*The name of this award was originally the Impact Award. In 2008, the awards were renamed as the Inspire Awards.
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Learn about isolation and how you can make a difference
Rate bonus on high-yield online savings account
This tool helps you identify your pills by color, shape and markings.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at