Broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw will receive an honorary degree and deliver a speech at Montana State University on Monday, Feb. 28.

Tickets are free and will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 7, MSU announced Saturday.

Over the course of his high-profile television news career, Brokaw has interviewed dignitaries ranging from the Dalai Lama to Mikhail Gorbachev, including every U.S. president since Lyndon B. Johnson.

He is also the author of five books, including "The Greatest Generation."

He splits his time between New York and his ranch east of Livingston.

"All of us, and especially the students, are thrilled about Mr. Brokaw's visit to MSU," said Carmen McSpadden, director of MSU Leadership Institute. "The students have a keen interest in Mr. Brokaw's insights about how their generation can become another ‘Greatest Generation' and positively impact the challenges facing our nation and our world."

Brokaw was NBC's White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal, reported from the Berlin Wall during its fall and Tiananmen Square in 1989. He anchored the "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 to 2004. He now serves as special correspondent to NBC, providing expertise during elections and other events.

He has won 12 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Excellence in Journalism Award.

As part of the Feb. 28 event, MSU President Waded Cruzado will present Brokaw with an MSU honorary degree.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held in the Strand Union Building ballrooms.

Tickets are free, required for admittance and limited to two per person. They will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at the Bobcat Ticket Office, TicketsWest locations and at There may be service and handling fees.

In addition, a limited number of student-only tickets will be available at the Leadership Institute, SUB room 187, starting at 1 p.m. Monday.

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