More than 60 women have signed a letter showing support of Tom Brokaw in the wake of recent sexual harassment claims against the NBC News journalist.

Brokaw has often spoken of his Irish roots and his mother's family the Conleys. He is Huguenot on his father's side. He has been honored by our sister publication Irish America in the past.

Brokaw wrote to friends and colleagues on Saturday morning. “It is 4 A.M. on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism. I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half-century of journalism and citizenship.” '

He stated he had helped the accuser, correspondent Linda Vester, in her career, met her twice in 24 years, and completely denied the allegation.

Current and former NBC News female staffers who have worked with Brokaw, including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Maria Shriver and Kelly O’Donnell, have since signed a letter of support praising him “as a man of tremendous decency and integrity” and as one who “treated each of us with fairness and respect.”

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The letter was issued after The Washington Post and Variety reported on Thursday that Brokaw, 78, was accused by former Middle East war correspondent Linda Vester, now 52, of sexually harassing her when she was in her 20s, in the mid-1990s.

Variety reports that the letter of support was written by Elizabeth Bowyer, a former producer who worked for Brokaw and NBC News and who also worked with Brokaw on his books The Greatest Generation and Boom: Voices of the Sixties.

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Bowyer sent the letter to several current and former NBC News staffers on Friday morning. She said the response was “overwhelming.”

Here is the complete letter:

As professional women, we fully endorse the conversation around abuse of power in the workplace. In the context of that conversation, we would like to share our perspectives on working with Tom Brokaw.

We are current and former colleagues of Tom’s, who have worked with him over a period spanning four decades. We are producers, correspondents, anchors, directors, executives, researchers, personal assistants, editors and technical staff.

Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect. He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers. As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.


Susanna Aaron

Anne Binford Allen

Heather Allan

Marilyn Altman

Liz Bowyer

Mary Casalino

Christine Colvin Casper

Martha Cotton

Karen Curry

Sara Cusimano

Helene Darvick

Linda Ellman

Judy Farinet

Dianne Festa

Tammy Fine

Mary Laurence Flynn

Susan Friedman

Soraya Gage

Maralyn Gelefsky

Cheryl Gould

Erika Beck Grothues

Colleen Halpin

Jody Henenfeld

Susan Morris Holey

Julie Holstein

Julie Huang

Peggy Hubble

Kiko Itasaka

Nancy Jacoby

Kat Keeney

Ann Kolbell

Audrey Beles Kolina

Susan LaSalla

Rachel Maddow

Donna Mastrangelo-Ryan

Andrea Mitchell

Mauri Moore

Frieda Morris

Elena Nachmanoff

Michele Neubert

Kelly O’Donnell

Bonnie Optekman

Mary Alice O’Rourke

Nancy Doyle Palmer

Polly Powell

Meaghan Rady

Elizabeth Vaughan Romaine

Amy Rosenberg

Stephanie Ruhle

Bita Ryan

Ruby Shamir

Maria Shriver

Robin Skolnick

Andrea Smith

Patricia Sullivan

Clare Duffy Swift

Yuka Tachibana

Bambi Tascarella

Zoya Taylor

Dee Dee Thomas

Anne Thompson

Kelly Venardos

Kristen Welker

Carolyn Wheatley

Mary Wolf