Talking with Tom Brokaw about Social Media, Changing Role of News Anchors

Some of my Poynter colleagues and I took a photo with Brokaw after his talk. (I'm the third one from the right.)

Last week I got the chance to meet Tom Brokaw, who spoke at The Poynter Institute in celebration of its 35th anniversary.

I interviewed him by phone a week prior to his visit and talked with him about the changing role of the news anchor, the need for more one-subject broadcasts, and the reason you won’t find him on Facebook or Twitter.

I first met Brokaw at Providence College in 2006. He was the graduation speaker that year, and I covered his speech for the student newspaper. Seeing him again still felt just as exciting as it did the first time. I just felt a little less nervous this time around!

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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