NBC News announced on Monday that they were dedicating their new Los Angeles bureau after Tom Brokaw, who is currently battling cancer.
The new bureau is located in the Universal Studios lot and will be known as the Brokaw News Center, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The West Coast operations of NBC News, KNBC, Telemundo, MSNBC and CNBC will be located there.
NBC News will hold a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, which Brokaw and his wife, Meredith, are attending. CEO Steve Burke, NBC News President Deborah Turness and News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel will also be in attendance.Burke said that Brokaw, who began his NBC career in L.A., “is synonymous with integrity, passion and a commitment to getting the story right.”
The 74-year-old news legend was diagnosed last summer with multiple myeloma, reports The Associated Press. Brokaw is currently undergoing chemotherapy. “The physicians all think it’s going to be successful,” he said.
“There are no guarantees in this business. I cannot say it has not affected my life. It has taken over my life in many ways. But I’m still able to write and work and do the things I like to do. I’m just not able to do them at the same pace.”
Brokaw stepped down from NBC Nightly News in 2004 after 22 years as anchor. He hasn’t completely stepped out of working on the news, as he stepped in as moderator on Meet the Press for a spell and is still a special correspondent for the network.
His first position with NBC News was in 1966 as a correspondent and KNBC anchor. His first story was on Johnny Keane leaving the New York Yankees and Brokaw said he got to meet Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris while working on interviews. “I though, it doesn’t get much better than this.”