Brokaw found 'in great health' after being taken to hospital
September 6th, 2012
07:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Brokaw found 'in great health' after being taken to hospital

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, 72, was taken to the hospital Thursday morning while in Charlotte, North Carolina covering the Democratic National Convention.

A spokesperson with NBC said Brokaw felt "light-headed," and later Thursday, Brokaw said he "mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien," tweeting that it caused him to make "less sense than usual."


NBC News president Steve Capus said Thursday evening Brokaw was found to be "in great health."

"After medical evaluation and a round of tests, Tom was pronounced in great health and has been discharged," Capus said. "We're immensely grateful to the team at Carolinas Medical Center for their excellent care and professionalism."

After his appearance on "Morning Joe," the spokesperson said Brokaw was taken to a hospital "out of an abundance of caution."

A former anchor of NBC's "Nightly News," Brokaw now serves as a special correspondent for the network, where he reports and offers analysis for a variety of programs.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jackie in Atlanta

    I was watching Morning Joe this morning while Tom was on there. Oh my goodness!!! I'm praying that all is well, and that Tom continues to get better!! Take it easy Tom! Our age is a ready reminder of just how much we Seniors can do! We CAN do it all - just in moderation (smile)!

    September 6, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Tom, please get well soon. Obama12.

    September 6, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Pete

    Hope everything is well Mr.Brokaw,Gods speed in getting better we need competent announcers out there covering these big events,take care,again get well!!

    September 6, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Havoth

    Tom tweeted he took a half dose of Ambien by accident and is fine now.

    September 6, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Cecil

    I hope you're O.k. Tom. We've been losing too many of the icons of my generation lately.

    September 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Gloria

    I've always like, admired and respected Mr. Brokaw. I hope he feels better soon.

    September 6, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. janetlaw

    Gawd, where are all the REAL news reporters like this man – all we have now are pretty people and wimpy questions. Sad – get well soon Tom!

    September 6, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |

    Get well!

    September 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Godspeed, Mr. Brokaw! I hope you feel better soon!

    September 6, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Cat

    You are one of the best commentors we have ever had – please get well soon and take care.

    September 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. mikrik13

    I was thinking he didn't look so good on Jon Stewart the other night either.

    September 6, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    Slow down, Tom.

    Don't take these Conventions too seriously.

    Best Wishes!

    September 6, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. danita

    This is enough to send you to the hospital. Wish you well..

    September 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Timeonics

    So, did he drive himself to the convention from his hotel too? Ambien and punditing not a good combo.

    September 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Cat

    Sorry I made a spelling mistake – I meant commentator. Anyway good luck Tom!

    September 6, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Ed O'Malley

    Funny, very funny response. Tom you have a way with words obiviously this is why your in that line of work. Glad your ok!

    September 6, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Wondering

    How do you "mistakenly" take a half a dose of ambien? Try again Tom...

    September 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Be well Mr. Brokaw.

    September 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. madvaca

    Ambien is a hell of a drug. I refuse to touch it anymore after my experiences with it.

    September 6, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Stefanie Fletcher

    "Mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien" ... Ambien is one of the most dangerous drugs on the market today. I would presume Mr. Brokaw is taking the medication at night and was in an Ambien fog when he mistakenly took the Ambien in the morning. This drug is very effective and induces hypnotic states even when not taken for several days... during these states, people drive, cook, make phone calls (during which they make no sense at all) and other activities. They have no memory of these events, which can place their own lives or the lives of others at risk. The FDA should remove this drug from the market.

    September 6, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |