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We are thrilled to have Tom Brokaw as our third Baker Distinguished Lecture speaker (BDLS) on Wednesday, November 13, 1:30 pm in the Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building.   The BDLS honors notable individuals who have had an impact and exemplify the values of Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr.  Mr. Brokaw follows previous BDLS speakers, Sen. George Mitchell and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. The event is free and open to the public and doors will be open at 1:00 pm.

Prior to the lecture, a fund-raising luncheon to support the BDLS, will be held at the Toyota Auditorium from 11:30 am – 1 pm.  You can purchase a ticket  to the luncheon for $150 or pay $1,000 for a table seating  7. YOU can ALSO help support  the BDLS by becoming a BDLS Patron.  Donate $250 to become a BDLS Patron and you will receive a reserved seat at the lecture, a DVD of the talk and your name listed in the program. (For both this lecture and Spring 2014 lecture.) You can also purchase a ticket for our fund-raising luncheon before the lecture for half-price or only $75. See this  BDLS Patron Information for complete information.

We also welcome Corporate Sponsors as well and information on that is available here  BDLS Sponsorship Information 13.14  We are pleased to have as sponsors Jupiter Entertainment, Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV 10, and WUOT 91.9 and we welcome others!

Tom Brokaw is best known as the anchor for NBC Nightly News from 1982-2004.  He has won numerous awards and honors for his excellence in journalism.  Following graduation from the University of South Dakota , he began his career in television in Sioux, Iowa at KTIV. He also worked at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska and WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia before joining NBC in 1966.  He anchored the 11 P.M. news for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, California. In 1973, Brokaw moved to the White House correspondent position for NBC where he covered the Watergate scandal and anchored the Saturday editions of Nightly News.  From 1976-1982 he was the host of the Today Show.

Brokaw is the author of several books among them, The Greatest Generation about WWII veterans, and his most recent book The Time of our Lives. Since retirement, Brokaw has hosted various television shows the most recent of which, The Brokaw Files, is about his own experiences as an anchor during major events in American history.


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