Tom Brokaw, 72, was on the set of MSNBC’s Morning Joe when he claimed to feel light-headed. Acting in “an abundance of caution,” he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He was released hours later. Brokaw was in town to cover the Democratic National Convention as a special correspondent for NBC.
Apparently the news correspondent mistakenly took Ambien—a prescription medication typically used to treat insomnia. Brokaw tweeted “All is well. Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual. Made a better comeback than Giants…”
Tom Brokaw was previously an anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News for 21 years. He also received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement and was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The correspondent has been involved in NBC’s presidential election coverage every cycle since 1968. Brokaw has also interviewed every president since Lyndon B. Johnson.
He is said to be in good spirits following his hospitalization.