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NBC Nightly News Covers Allegations Against Former Anchor Tom Brokaw

30 April 2018

The e-mail stated that Brokaw will likely be changed by Linda McMahon.

"It is 4:00 am on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism", he began.

After her time at NBC, during which Vester worked for the station in Washington, London, Chicago and NY, where she would latterly be an anchor on NBC News at Sunrise and MSNBC, the journalist was poached by Fox News.

According to the letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter, Brokaw characterized the allegations as a "drive by shooting" on the part of Linda Vester, the former NBC correspondent who recently detailed her accusations to the Washington Post and Variety.

News today has been covering the allegations of sexual harassment against Tom Brokaw.

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As it happens, Brokaw addressed the topic of sexual harassment while appearing on a panel on MSNBC in December, the Washington Post said.

"Vester, the Washington Post and Variety can not diminish that", he wrote.

Vester alleged that on one occasion when she was visiting Denver to cover the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1993, Brokaw approached her from behind and acted inappropriately.

In a statement to The Post, Vester's lawyer said that "my client stands by the allegations which speak for themselves".

"There was a culture at NBC News, in my experience, where women who raise questions about misconduct get labeled as troublemakers", Vester told Variety. He offered a contrasting account of his meetings with Ms. Vester, denying that he touched her beyond "a perfunctory goodnight kiss".

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He says that he did go to her room but should not have and did not verbally or physically attack her in any way.

Vester, who worked as a war correspondent for NBC News, told the publications that that Brokaw groped her and tried to forcibly kiss her in the 1990s. She also mentioned she was Catholic as a way of rebuffing his advances. "If NY was so traumatic, why a reunion?" he wrote.

"I received three calls that night". No clenching her neck. "Not in high school, college or thereafter".

"Some of her relatives by marriage are very close friends", Brokaw wrote. I don't recall saying, 'Ok.' I just remember being frozen. He notes that her contract was not renewed, a detail Vester also shared with The Post.

"I am not a ideal person", Brokaw wrote, "I've made mistakes, personally and professionally". Hard to believe it wasn't much more Look At Me than Me:Too.I am proud of who I am as a husband, father, grandfather, journalist and citizen. "Instead she became a character assassin".

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In a memo to staff on Friday, NBC News President Andrew Lack repeated that Brokaw "emphatically denies" the allegations.

NBC Nightly News Covers Allegations Against Former Anchor Tom Brokaw