Tom Brokaw to Speak at Faulkner’s Annual Benefit Dinner

Faulkner University announced Tom Brokaw would be the speaker at Faulkner’s Annual Benefit Dinner during a press conference held Wednesday. President Billy Hilyer revealed the news. “Tom Brokaw has been the voice of a generation. His work in the field of journalism is remarkable. We’re extremely excited to have him speak.”

Faulkner University’s annual benefit dinner is a longstanding tradition and a red-letter-event on the social calendar every year for Montgomery and the River Region.  Faulkner has brought renowned politicians, athletes, coaches, comedians and astronauts to speak in Montgomery over the years.

Proceeds from the dinner go to support the university, and student scholarships in particular.

“The Annual Benefit Dinner is our biggest event each year. We love being able to share these great speakers with the River Region, but more than that, we are so excited about the scholarship opportunities this dinner provides for our students,” Hilyer said. “The contributions made by the people who attend our benefit dinner are changing the lives of students at Faulkner University.”

Tom Brokaw has spent his entire distinguished journalism career with NBC News beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the Sixties counter culture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.

From Los Angeles, Brokaw went to Washington as the White House correspondent during Watergate and as the principal back up for John Chancellor as anchor of NBC Nightly News. Next stop: New York and TODAY followed by his appointment as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

He took over Meet the Press for the 2008 campaign when his close friend and colleague Tim Russert died.

He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dali Lama; the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin wall came down.

In 1998 Brokaw published his first book, The Greatest Generation, one of the most popular non-fiction books of the 20th century. He followed that with five other books, including BOOM! Voices Of The Sixties and, most recently, The Time Of Our Lives.

He is also a popular essayist for publications ranging from The New York Times to Rolling Stone and a wide assortment of other periodicals and newspapers.

Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Brokaw with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored by not only intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to five colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, along with several online degree programs.

For tickets call 334-386-7487 or visit faulkner.edu/brokaw

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