Tom Brokaw Didn’t Retire, He Shifted Gears

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

The day he was scheduled to retire from his job as a foreman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Yankton, S.D., Tom Brokaw‘s father, known as Red, called his son. “I can’t retire,” he told the NBC anchor, in an uncharacteristic burst of emotion. “I just want to plow one more snowstorm.”

“There’s some of my dad in me,” Brokaw said on a recent morning, back in his NBC News office after a two-week reporting sprint that included stops in El Paso, Little Rock, Ark., and two visits to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Winter Olympics.


It’s a typical workload for the veteran NBC newsman, who hasn’t slowed down much since handing off the “NBC Nightly News” anchor job to Brian Williams in December 2004. More…