In the course of his decades-long career, legendary TV news anchor Tom Brokaw has reported on breaking news from around the world. In this exclusive clip from “Oprah’s Master Class," the journalist reminisces about what the television news industry was like when he first arrived at the "NBC Nightly News" desk.
"It was an unusual set of circumstances," he says. "Dan [Rather], Peter [Jennings] and I -- which came to be known as 'The Big Three,' and it was not us who came up with that -- we all arrived the same time at the anchor's chairs, relatively speaking."
But the Big Three weren’t destined to simply sit in their anchor's chairs and report the news. "We had the great good fortune to arrive at those chairs just as satellite television really exploded around the world," says Brokaw. "So we could both be anchors, but mostly, we could be working reporters. We could get on the planes and fly to wherever the big story was."
In the clip, Brokaw recounts the drama and excitement of reporting from remote locations. “The first Gulf War was a perfect example of that,” he says. “Racing across the landscape of that barren desert, popping up a satellite dish and: on the air.”