Tom Brokaw to deliver keynote speech at NACDS Total Store Expo

June 10, 2015

The award-winning journalist and author will deliver the keynote address Sunday, August 23, at the Colorado Convention Center.

At this year’s NACDS Total Store Expo in Denver, Colo., Tom Brokaw, an award-winning journalist and author, will deliver the keynote address Sunday, August 23, at the Colorado Convention Center.

Tom Brokaw“Tom Brokaw’s name is synonymous with the delivery of compelling national and world news,” noted NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “His groundbreaking reports and specials helped bring the realities of global and national issues into the homes of Americans every evening. We look forward to hearing about his experiences in telling the news over the last several decades, as well as his more personal life lessons in battling cancer.”

Brokaw’s latest book, “A Lucky Life Interrupted,” a memoir released in May, reflects on his life and chronicles the year he battled multiple myeloma. He emphasized the importance of taking an active role in his care.

“So one of the things that you have to learn, even if you don't have the kind of advantage that I do - with the high profile and the access - you have to learn to manage your case. You have to take an active role in it,” Brokaw wrote in an online essay.

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Career highlights

Brokaw began his journalism career in 1966, working at the Los Angeles bureau of NBC News, where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first campaign for office. He also covered the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign. Brokaw served as NBC’s White House correspondent during Watergate and later joined the TODAY Show in New York.

During his career as a news anchor and managing editor of the “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” Brokaw was able to secure the first interview with former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and was the only anchor to report from Berlin the night before the Berlin wall came down.

Brokaw has received a number of journalism awards, including DuPonts, Emmys, the Peabody, and recognition for lifetime achievement. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

In addition to his memoir, he has published a number of nonfiction books, such as “The Greatest Generation,” “BOOM! Voices of the Sixties,” and “The Time of Our Lives.”