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Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Retired NBC Nightly News correspondent Richard Valeriani, who was on President Richard Nixon's "enemies list," dies at 85
Valeriani was NBC's senior White House correspondent under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. He also covered the Civil Rights Movement and the State Department under Henry Kissinger. In the 1995 film Crimson Tide, he played a CNN correspondent. After retiring in 1996, he became a media trainer with clients including Ted Danson and Jimmy Fallon.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Guilty or not, Tom Brokaw's ripping of his main sexual harassment accuser was out of the Bill Clinton/Bill Cosby playbook
"The legendary journalist’s wounded response to accusations of sexual harassment reveals a lot about who is entitled to power," says Eve Fairbanks of Brokaw's 4 a.m. "ambushed and perp walked" email addressing the allegations from former NBC News anchor Linda Vester. "This," says Fairbanks, "is the Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, and Bill Cosby playbook: Discredit the woman. Complain that she overreacted to a little fun. Accuse her simultaneously of career failure and of being too ambitious—her ambition a symbol of her voracious, smothering sexuality. Wildly overstate her own claims to make them appear ridiculous. And insist that any allegation against him, is, in essence, an attack on the notion that anything at all can be holy—an attack against America. Brokaw becomes, in his defense, a synecdoche for the proper success story, the ideal American man, the country itself and what is most precious in it." ALSO: University of Iowa is moving forward with its Tom Brokaw exhibit despite sexual misconduct allegations.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Tom Brokaw slams accuser as having "trouble with the truth": "I was ambushed and then perp walked"
Brokaw sent an email to his NBC News colleagues this morning saying he is "angry, hurt and unmoored," offering his rebuttal to former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester's sexual harassment allegations. Brokaw said he did visit her hotel room and her apartment in the 1990s, but her story is wrong. His attempt to kiss her, he said, was a "perfunctory goodnight kiss" on the cheek when he was leaving. "My NBC colleagues are bewildered that Vester, who had limited success at NBC News, a modest career at Fox and a reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth was suddenly the keeper of the flame of journalistic integrity," he says in the email. Brokaw, who did not address the anonymous accuser in The Washington Post's article, added: "I am not a perfect person. I’ve made mistakes, personally and professionally. But as I write this at dawn on the morning after a drive by shooting by Vester, the Washington Post and Variety, I am stunned by the free ride given a woman with a grudge against NBC News, no distinctive credentials or issue passions while at FOX." Brokaw said Vester "came to Me:Too late," and criticized her for not calling him in advance to discusses her issues with him. "Instead she became a character assassin," he wrote. "Strip away all of the hyperbole and what has she achieved? What was her goal? Hard to believe it wasn’t much more Look At Me than Me:Too." ALSO: Brokaw cancels commencement speech amid sexual harassment allegations.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 8:29PM EDT
Tom Brokaw accused of sexual harassment by two women
Both Variety and The Washington Post are reporting that former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester has accused the legendary NBC News anchor of sexual harassment in the 1990s, when Vester was 28. In a story accompanied by video of Vester, Variety reports: "in a series of interviews with Variety conducted over several months, Vester alleged that Brokaw physically tried to force her to kiss him on two separate occasions, groped her in a NBC conference room and showed up at her hotel room uninvited. Two friends who Vester told at the time corroborated her story with Variety, and she shared her journal entries from the time period. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that "another woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also has told The Post that Brokaw acted inappropriately toward her in the ’90s, when she was a young production assistant and he was an anchor." Brokaw is denying both alleged incidents. In a statement, Brokaw told Variety: “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC. The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other.”
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
NBC Nightly News celebrates its 70th anniversary
Tom Brokaw joined Lester Holt following Wednesday's broadcast for a 70th-anniversary celebration of NBC Nightly News, which premiered on Feb. 16, 1948 as the 10-minute program NBC Television Newsreel. Brian Williams apparently wasn't in attendance.
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
ABC's World News Tonight topped NBC Nightly News during an Olympics week for the first time in more than 25 years
While David Muir's newscast was No. 1 in total viewers, Lester Holt was No. 1 in the key 25-54 demo during the first week of the Winter Olympics. Because NBC is airing live across the country, NBC Nightly News is also being shown live coast-to-coast at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. ALSO: Today was dominant during the first week of the Winter Olympics.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Are play-by-play sports announcers the new anchors?
The two jobs are similar, but with the network news anchor job diminished, play-by-play announcers may be the most-trusted and recognizable faces on network TV.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 7:20PM EST
NBC Nightly News interviews three of Dustin Hoffman’s accusers
Anna Graham Hunter — the first Hoffman accuser — Cori Thomas and Kathryn Rossetter sat down with Cynthia McFadden on Monday’s NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, marking the first time any of the legendary actor’s accusers have spoken on TV.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk explains her “incredibly strange” job of covering the Matt Lauer firing
Gosk tells Rachel Maddow she’s been trying to cover Lauer’s firing as she covered the firing of Charlie Rose last week. But she adds, “it gets difficult because I’m in this building. And although some of the conversations I’ve have had in this building have been on the record, things that are being shared publicly, very obviously there are also other conversations that I overhear amongst colleagues, things that are being said privately to each other, that are things that typically a reporter might glob onto and want to report. I have to draw those lines just by the very nature of the fact that I’m in this newsroom all day long.” Gosk says she chose not to attend a closed-door NBC News staff meeting because she wouldn’t be able to report its details.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 11:15PM EDT
Report: NBC execs quashed Ronan Farrow’s bombshell Harvey Weinstein story
The Huffington Post reports there was a “months-long struggle” inside NBC News in which executives “slow-walked Farrow’s story, crippling it with their qualms and irresolution” — even saying it required the approval of NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke, which was highly unusual. “By April, NBC News had two big scoops in its pocket: an on-record interview with (Rose) McGowan and the explosive audio of Weinstein admitting to sexual assault,” according to The Huffington Post. “But Farrow was told by multiple NBC News executives and producers that the reporting and interviews he had conducted weren’t sufficient for a televised story. According to four sources, Farrow and (NBC News investigative producer Rich) McHugh also prepared a lengthy text story to run on the NBC News website, but Farrow was told it wouldn’t run.” The Huffington Post also points out that NBC Nightly News ignored the story last Thursday, unlike its rivals, and it was given scant coverage the next morning on Today (while GMA and CBS This Morning covered the story extensively). That’s in addition to SNL completely ignoring the scandal, which Lorne Michaels said “was a New York thing.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 5:55PM EDT
Why NBC News investigative reporter Ronan Farrow broke the news of Harvey Weinstein rape allegations in The New Yorker
CNN’s Jake Tapper called it “media complicity,” but there was a reason Farrow took his work to The New Yorker. According to Variety, Farrow got NBC News’ permission to do his investigative work for The New Yorker, with the thinking that sources wouldn't open up to a TV outlet fearing that they would have to speak on camera. Farrow will discuss his exclusive on tonight’s NBC Nightly News.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Tom Brokaw: Megyn Kelly didn’t cut me off — my hearing aid went bad
The former NBC Nightly News anchor clarified what looked like Kelly cutting him off on this morning’s Megyn Kelly Today. “The acoustics in the studio were terrible,” Brokaw wrote in an e-mail to The Washington Post. “I didn't have an IFB (earpiece), and I am writing as I return from my hearing-aid mechanic. My hearing aid this morning went bad as the show started." Brokaw went on to add: "Chick Hearn, the late, great L.A. Lakers play-by-play announcer had a phrase: no harm, no foul. Exactly the case this a.m. No harm, no foul. Not worth any fuss. I'm a Kelly fan.” ALSO: Kelly is proving that it’s hard to thrive after leaving Fox News.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 4:56PM EDT
An NBC News crew was staying six floors above the Las Vegas killer
NBC News correspondent Joe Fryer was in town to cover O.J. Simpson’s release from prison when the gunfire broke out on Sunday night. “We’re in lockdown,” Fryer reported during NBC News’ live coverage of the shooting early Monday morning.
Posted Thursday 9/07/17 at 3:13PM EDT
Today’s Savannah Guthrie celebrates 10 years at NBC
Check out Guthrie’s first appearance on NBC as a reporter for NBC Nightly News. PLUS: Lester Holt becomes a grandfather.