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Tom Brokaw recounts Oklahoma memories

Longtime newsman Tom Brokaw spoke in Oklahoma City on Tuesday as part of Oklahoma State University's Spears School of Business speaker series.
by Brianna Bailey Published: April 3, 2013

Speaking to a packed house Tuesday at the Civic Center Music Hall, longtime television journalist Tom Brokaw recalled his visits to Oklahoma, which included covering the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building for NBC and being booed at an OU-Nebraska football game.

Brokaw, 73, former anchor for NBC Nightly News, was in Oklahoma City on Tuesday as part of Oklahoma State University's Spears School of Business speaker series.

The veteran journalist spoke about Oklahoma City's resilience after the federal building bombing.

“What struck me about Oklahoma City was that through its grief there was a determination that through work, it would survive and become a better city,” Brokaw said

Brokaw flew into Oklahoma City on a chartered flight the day after the bombing in April 1995 and recalled staying in hotels and eating barbecue supplied by a local restaurant during his time here, he said during brief remarks to the media before his speech at the Civic Center.

He also covered the 1997 trial of Timothy McVeigh in Denver.

Question backlash

During the news conference, Brokaw also recalled the backlash fellow news anchor Connie Chung encountered while covering the bombing after she asked during a televised interview whether the Oklahoma City Fire Department could handle the aftermath of the bombing.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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