Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, once television news' most popular broadcaster as he told viewers about the biggest events of that late 20th Century, said Friday that he's retiring from television.

Brokaw, who is 80, said he'll continue writing books and articles. He's the author of “The Greatest Generation,” about those who fought World War II.

In a final essay that appeared on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Dec. 30, Brokaw hinted at his announcement by reflecting on a career that took him from breaking into a local newscast in Nebraska and announcing the death of President John F. Kennedy, to coronavirus.

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