NBC Reflects on JFK's Life and Death in Tom Brokaw Special

Friday, Nov. 22 marks fifty years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In remembrance of the historic event, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw looks back in his new documentary special Where Were You the Day JFK Died?

Through various interviews with celebrities, politicians, and journalists, Brokaw seeks to understand the true effect of that day and of JFK the man. The special airs Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. only on NBC.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, Brokaw was a guest of NBC's Meet the Press to discuss the traumatic event that gripped the nation for years and years to come. The veteran anchor also captured first-hand accounts in a recent post for NBCNews.com.

"We now have full realization of how complicated he was, he divided his life into compartments," said Brokaw on Meet the Press. "He was more complex than those magazine covers with that big smile and that beautiful wife."

Brokaw also responded to the many conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around the assassination. "I’ve come to the conclusion, based on a fair amount of research at this point, that Oswald shot him and that there was not a straight line conspiracy," said Brokaw. "It’s a dotted line at best".

A companion book to the two-hour documentary, "Where Were You?" was released Nov. 5. The compendium was compiled and edited by Gus Russo and Harry Moses, with a foreword by Tom Brokaw. The book features transcripts from the NBC News special.