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Broadcast legend and former Hawkeye Tom Brokaw talks to UI students

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - While broadcast news icon Tom Brokaw may have only attended the University of Iowa for one year, he says it holds a very special place in his heart.

"It's always been a way to give back for me," Brokaw said about returning to the U of I and sharing with the journalists of the future.

The 22-year head editor and anchor of "NBC Nightly News" spoke to reporters for The Daily Iowan Monday, the university's student-run paper. Brokaw then followed reporters to their assignments, like a Joe Biden campaign event at the Iowa Memorial Union.

"He asked a lot about the caucuses have impacted our personalities and what we've learned," Sarah Watson said, a junior at the U of I and political writer for The Daily Iowan.

Brokaw said learning journalism in the Hawkeye State during a campaign cycle is a privilege like no other.

"This is a great kind of apprenticeship for them," Brokaw said. "They're able to see the professional journalists come in, how they work, what they're interested in. That happened to me as a young journalist."

The university honored Brokaw's more than 50-year career with an exhibit at the main library, which opened in 2018.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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