Annie Barrett
March 12, 2009 AT 02:48 PM EDT

Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw has signed on for a documentary project at NBC Universal that will feature the newsman filing dispatches on life during the recession, reports Variety. Inspired by photographer David Eustace’s upcoming book,”American Character: A Photographic Journey (for which Brokaw penned the forward), the newsman will spend 10 months road-tripping around the U.S. to visit families and small businesses affected by the recession. Brokaw’s “Dispatches From The Road” will air on USA and MSNBC in primetime, as well as on NBC Nightly News and the Today show. 

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