User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

69° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options




[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


USD Reacts To Brokaw Cancer Diagnosis

February 12, 2014, 5:58 PM by Hailey Higgins

USD Reacts To Brokaw Cancer Diagnosis

South Dakota native Tom Brokaw revealed Tuesday that he has cancer.  Although Brokaw's prognosis is good, the news came as a shock to students at the University of South Dakota where he attended college.

It's easy to see Tom Brokaw's footprints at USD -- from journalism students studying under his banner in the Al Neuharth Media Center to Wednesday's student newspaper the Volante. 

Volante reporter Michael Geheren was up until 3:30 a.m. writing the article on Brokaw's cancer.

"This is something that students are going to look at and really care about today because it's a name that every student knows on this campus. People know that he went here and it's an important part of this school and we had to make it a front-page story," Geheren said.

Geheren says he knew the newspaper staff made the right decision to add the last-minute article because more than 1,000 people have already viewed it online.

"For our website, I'm currently shocked by it. I've not had a story like this that has had so many people on our website at once," Geheren said.

He admits he felt some pressure writing the article because he met Brokaw when he was in middle school and considers him an inspiration.

"He was the face of journalism for me and I wanted to do what he did," Geheren said.

The young journalist says his favorite element of Brokaw's story at USD is not his success, but that he almost failed.

"He dropped out and Doc Farber was able to pull him back in and have him accomplish so much. And I just thought that was so interesting and inspiring," Geheren said.

One of Geheren's journalism teachers, who also met Brokaw, agrees.

"Tom is respected not just here, but all across the country. We wish him the best as I know most of the country does," Volante Advisor Chuck Baldwin said.

"It's amazing to think that such a powerful person came from a small school, small community and has shaped the world by telling stories. It's just amazing," Geheren said.

Both Geheren and Baldwin say they expect Brokaw will continue to be an inspiration as he maintains close ties to the University in the years to come.

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Do You Suffer From Sleep Drunkeness?

8/25/2014 3:54 PM

It's called "Sleep Drunkenness Disorder" and as many as 15 percent of people may experience it.

Full Story
Girl Meets Life Saving Donor

8/23/2014 1:47 PM

A Howard girl with a rare disease needed of a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

Full Story
Sutton Named New CEO, President At Pierre Hospital

8/21/2014 2:41 PM

A Pierre hospital has a new leader.

Full Story
New Tablet For Allergy Sufferers

8/25/2014 6:21 PM

Sneezing, sniffling, and watery eyes are how many people recognize the start of allergy season. Allergies affect about 40 percent of all Americans. Qu...

Full Story | Watch
Certain Drinks, Food Can Cause Permanent Teeth Damage In Kids

8/22/2014 6:20 PM

According to experts, high-acidity foods and drinks can cause permanent damage within the first 30 seconds of coming into contact with teeth.

Full Story | Watch