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MEMPHIS — Former broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw will receive a Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award for Journalism from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

Themed "Breaking Barriers, Advancing Freedom," The Freedom Award, National Civil Rights Museum's annual fundraiser will be held Dec. 2.

Brokaw is a television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. Brokaw also produced specials for NBC, including 2001's "The Greatest Generation Speaks," based on Brokaw's best-selling 1998 book, The Greatest Generation.

Early in his career (1965), he moved to Atlanta to cover the civil-rights movement and was able to cover stories on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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