Tom Brokaw (2012)
Tom Brokaw, well-respected and trusted figure in U.S. broadcast journalism, has a long history with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He remembers as a youngster listening intently to the Choir on the radio in his prairie home in South Dakota. In later years he skied in Utah and covered the 2002 Winter Olympics, including a personal interview with then Church President Gordon B. Hinckley.
Asked at that time if he would consider returning as a guest artist for a Christmas concert, Brokaw laughed, thinking they wanted him to sing.
In 2011 Brokaw accepted a Choir invitation to record a Music & the Spoken Word broadcast special, “9/11: Rising Above,” presented 10 years after the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Asked at that time if he would consider returning as a guest artist for a Christmas concert, Brokaw laughed, thinking they wanted him to sing. However, he did come for the 2012 holiday concert as a narrator. Brokaw’s narration of “Christmas from Heaven: A Gift That Changed the World” described the Berlin Candy Bomber of World War II, and he also read the Christmas story from Luke. “This is the real spirit of Christmas,” Brokaw explained, “to give whatever we have, no matter how small the gift may be.”
Brokaw is best known as sole anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004 and is the author of the bestseller The Greatest Generation.
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