Former "NBC Nightly News" anchorman and author Tom Brokaw is being treated for cancer. Credit: Reuters
Longtime NBC anchor Tom Brokaw announced late Tuesday that he has multiple myeloma.
The 75-year-old newsman said he was diagnosed with the disease at the Mayo Clinic in August and is undergoing treatment. NBC announced in a statement that the prognosis was "optimistic." The disease affects blood cells in the bone marrow.
"His doctors are optimistic about the outcome of the treatment he is receiving, and Brokaw said he remains 'the luckiest guy I know,'" the statement read. "Throughout the treatment, Brokaw has continued to work on NBC News projects, including a two-hour documentary on the assassination of JFK, appearances on 'Today,' 'Nightly News with Brian Williams,' 'Meet the Press' and MSNBC. He is also contributing to NBC Sports coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi."
Brokaw, who is a native of South Dakota, got his start in local TV in the Midwest during the early 1960s, before ascending to a position with NBC affiliate KTLA in Los Angeles in 1966. He has remained with NBC ever since, first as White House correspondent beginning in 1973, followed by a stint as "Today" host and eventually taking over the "Nightly News" desk in 1982 with Roger Mudd.
He continued in that role until 2004, when he handed the job over to current anchor Brian Williams.
Brokaw is also a best-selling author, including "The Greatest Generation" in 1998 about the United States during World War II.