News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 31, 2013

Tom Brokaw to headline Ivy Tech-Bloomington event in April

News Release

---- — Broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw, best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, will headline Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s 10th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service.

Brokaw will keynote the Institute’s fundraising dinner on April 11 at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center, with proceeds benefiting the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement.

This year’s Institute theme is “Building the Next Great Generation,” and the three-day event will take place April 10-12.

“It’s a special event this year, bringing focus to Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s 10 years of dedication to our civic engagement goal,” said chancellor John Whikehart.

Brokaw has spent his entire journalism career with NBC News, beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the ’60s counter culture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.

From L.A., he went to Washington to work as a White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal.

Next up was New York where he was appointed anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News.

Brokaw took over “Meet the Press” for the 2008 presidential campaign, when close friend and colleague Tim Russert died.

Brokaw’s major awards include a Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition.

Brokaw’s first book, “The Greatest Generation,” was released in 1998, and his most recent book, “The Time of Our Lives,” in 2012.

For tickets to the fundraising dinner with Brokaw, contact Tina Phelps, assistant to the chancellor, at 812-330-6001 or

Further details about the 10th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service will be posted online as they become available at