22 years ago in TIME

When TOM BROKAW steps down from the NBC Nightly News anchor's chair in 2004, he will have been with the peacock network for 36 years. In 1980, three years before he took over as anchor of the evening news show, Brokaw was fighting a morning-show ratings war as host of Today, beating CBS's Charles Kuralt and running neck and neck with ABC's David Hartman.

Tom Brokaw [is] NBC's Mr. Clean, an experienced journalist with the snub nose and boyish good looks of the class president, the boy most likely to succeed...Brokaw, 40, has something of the manner of a friendly corporate...

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