Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, 74, said on Tuesday that he is battling multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in the bone marrow.
Correspondent Tom Brokaw suffered a minor health scare Thursday morning on the set of MSNBC's “Morning Joe” when he mistakenly took a sleeping aid before the interview. He was rushed to a Charlotte, North Carolina hospital as a precaution after feeling lightheaded.tweeted, "All is well. Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual.” He added, “Made a better comeback than Giants,” referring to the New York NFL team’s 24-17 loss Wednesday night.
Tom Brokaw is taking over as host of "Meet the Press" -- in place of the late Tim Russert -- from next Sunday until the Presidential election in November, announced NBC.
"To have someone of Tom's stature step up and dedicate himself to ensuring its ongoing success is not only a testament to his loyalty to Tim, but his enduring commitment to NBC News and our viewers," said the network in a statement.
The former news anchor hosted a special edition of "Meet the Press" on June 15 in honor of Russert, who died of a heart attack on June 13.