Brokaw speaks on campus

Former 'Nightly News' anchor discusses changing global community

 by James Kindle
 published on Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Courtney Sargent / THE STATE PRESS
Tom Brokaw speaks to ASU students from the stage of the Galvin Playhouse Tuesday.

The world is changing rapidly and the U.S. needs to confront the effects of globalization, newscaster Tom Brokaw told ASU students and faculty Tuesday morning.
Speaking to a crowd of more than 200 in Galvin Playhouse, Brokaw listed international relations, energy resources and Islamic fundamentalism as major issues facing the U.S.
"The greatest challenge for America is to acknowledge that we're living in a transformational time globally," he said.
An author and the former anchor of "NBC Nightly News," Brokaw was at ASU to accept the annual Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, which is given to a standout journalist each year.
Brokaw also discussed the 2006 election, saying it was dominated by voters - which he called "the fed-up party" - who were angry with the current government.
"The fed-up party took numbers from the Republicans and members of the Democratic Party and ran with the race," he said.
The challenge is now for Democrats to manage their victory through 2008, Brokaw said.
"Because that is the big prize," he said, referring to the presidential election.
Brokaw also thanked the crowd for coming to the speech despite its early start.
"There is no way I would be anywhere at 8:30 in the morning, except sleeping it off," he told the crowd, which broke out in laughter.
Brokaw called the war in Iraq a failed experiment and a disaster.
Laura Kennedy, a journalism and communication sophomore, said she wished Brokaw didn't discuss his personal feelings on issues like Iraq and the Middle East.
"I don't think news people should show bias anytime," she said.
Kennedy said she attended the speech to see "a living legend in the [journalism] industry.
"It was just inspiring to see someone who had survived for such a long time in the broadcasting news industry," she said. "It's hard to keep a long career going in this business, and the fact that he was able to do it for almost
half a century is just astounding."
When asked about his book "The Greatest Generation," which chronicles Americans that grew up during the Great Depression and World War II, Brokaw said this generation of college students shows greatness.
He discussed how older generations admire college students who travel the world and adapt to technology, and his personal respect for young people in the military.
"This is a great generation that still has to realize its potential," he said.
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