Brian Williams
News Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News
Brian Williams
Brian Douglas Williams is the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network, a position he assumed in 2004. Williams was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007, and in 2010, a prominent media observer dubbed him "the Walter Cronkite of the 21st century."
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Friday Talking Points -- Media Missing A Big Point On Trump's Muslim Ban
Huffington Post - 18 days
Before we launch in to this week's screed, we're going to shamelessly begin with a plug. Yesterday, we published a first-person account of what it was like to protest during Donald Trump's Inauguration weekend. There are some excellent photos of the demonstrations and an inspiring narrative by University of Maryland student Teresa Johnson. We urge everyone to check it out! Moving right along, we're going to ignore (for a moment) all the shiny distractions that have vomited forth from the White House this week, and instead attempt to draw attention to an aspect of Donald Trump's Muslim ban that few in the media seem to be noticing. [We should add an editorial aside here: Yes, our editorial policy from now on will be to use Donald Trump's own language in the term "Muslim ban." Sean Spicer can insist until he's blue in the face that it's not a Muslim ban, but Trump promised to ban Muslims on the campaign trail, so who are we to argue with the term? Also, to do so would be to su ...
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Cory Booker: 'I Refuse To Remain Silent' Under President Trump
Huffington Post - about 1 month
President Donald Trump may have just been sworn in but Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said the fight isn’t over. In an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams on the eve of Trump’s inauguration, Booker criticized Trump for his lack of transparency and the nominees he’s picked for his cabinet. “When you have a president himself who hasn’t allowed the kind of transparency we’ve seen with the Republican and Democratic presidents in the modern era,” he said. “Somebody’s who really hiding much of his financial information, potential conflicts, which on day one could put him in opposition to what we understand the Constitution to be requirements for a president. It makes me very sobered about the realities we have with a lot of his cabinet picks.” The senator said that while most of Trump’s appointees will probably be confirmed by Congress, he’s hopeful that “some of the more outrageous ones can be stopped.” He specifically pointed a finger at Jeff Sessions who’s spoken out aga ...
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Rand Paul's Annual Airing Of Grievances Features A Jab At Rick Perry
Huffington Post - 2 months
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) loves Festivus, a holiday that was the focus of a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld” that features a ceremony known as the Airing of Grievances. Every year, Paul takes to twitter for the Airing of Grievances, complaining about some of his colleagues in Congress, the media and more.  Hello again, I hope everyone is having a Happy Festivus! It's once again time for my annual #AiringofGrievances... pic.twitter.com/pZfRtAUtZN — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2016 This year, Paul set his sights on former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was recently tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Energy. Yes, that’s the department Perry famously forgot in a 2011 presidential debate while trying to name three departments he’d eliminate as president. My favorite Cabinet pick is what's his name, umm it's that guy who wanted to eliminate the Dept. of @ENERGY. Hang on I'll think of it... — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) Dec ...
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Ohio Supreme Court Says Capping Damages in Child Sex-Abuse Cases is Constitutional
NPR - 2 months
The Ohio Supreme Court says a state law capping damages in sex-abuse cases is constitutional. That means a 15-year-old Delaware County girl raped by her pastor in 2008 will get a quarter of a million dollars – not the $3.5 million the jury awarded her family. The girl’s lawyer had argued the $250,000 cap is unconstitutional, especially when it comes to underage victims of sex crimes. But a majority of the court agreed those caps on non-injury cases passed by state lawmakers in 2005 are constitutional. In her majority opinion, Justice Judith French wrote that evidence showed the girl played sports, had good grades and hasn’t sought mental- health treatment. So, she wrote, in this case the non-injury cap applies. In their pointed dissents, Justice Paul Pfeifer wrote that tort reform has ensured child rapists will not have to pay the full measure of damages. And Bill O’Neill wrote “Shame on the General Assembly." The pastor, 54-year-old Brian Williams, just finished serving an eight-year
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Reporter Sopan Deb Shifts From Chronicling Donald Trump To Covering Culture
Huffington Post - 3 months
NEW YORK ― Sopan Deb, who emerged as a standout 2016 reporter for his tireless coverage of Donald Trump, is joining The New York Times culture desk.  In a memo to staff, Times Culture Editor Danielle Mattoon said Deb will “cover a spectrum of news – cultural, political, race/gender/class, way-we-live-now – through arts and entertainment lenses in the Trump era.” Deb, 28, joined CBS in 2014 as an associate producer following stints at NBC News, Al Jazeera Media Network, The Boston Globe and Major League Baseball. He became one of the network’s campaign digital journalists, or “embeds,” in June 2015, just as Trump entered the race. He followed the insurgent Republican candidate throughout the country for CBS News and even got arrested at one particularly raucous Chicago rally. But it was Deb’s Twitter feed, a rolling resource for Trump interview transcripts and fact-checks of the candidate’s claims, that distinguished the journalist.  When Politico recently named Deb one th ...
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Trailblazing Women: Heidi S. Messer, Co-Founder & Chairman of Collective[i]
Huffington Post - 3 months
This interview is part of a series on Trailblazing Women role models (Entrepreneurs and Leaders) from around the world and first appeared on Global Invest Her. You have to see what you can be. Photo credit: Getty Images "Don't focus on the exit, focus on the journey and how you are going to get to whatever goal you set for yourself. Things change along the way, and not everything works out the way you want it to. You'll miss opportunities if you are focus on a finish line that is different than the one you are supposed to cross." Heidi Messer has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet. She currently serves as co-Founder and Chairman of Collective[i]™. Collective[i] (short for Collective Intelligence) is reinventing the way enterprises manage revenue. Collective[i] hosts a global network called intelligence.com, powered by predictive analytics and machine learning, that converts what is often referred to as " ...
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Trump Elected! Now How Did That Ever Happen?
Huffington Post - 3 months
Last night, millions of Americans (and millions more around the world) sat glued to their TV sets watching what, for many of them, was impossible. Donald Trump was elected the president of the United States. (I had, by the way, predicted this here in The Huffington Post in August... But don't let us dwell on the past). The idea of a Trump victory was 'impossible,' because for many months, we have depended on the news media to tell us what the country was thinking. This was a mistake. The pundits and the pollsters are now all backtracking furiously. Their never-ending predictions of a Hillary win, a Hillary sweep, a Hillary victory were all clearly wrong. Not only wrong, but dead wrong. Something fundamental was amiss (not to mention the millions of dollars that the pollsters charged for what turned out to be totally worthless information). What happened? How could they all have gotten it so wrong. The answer is right there on your TV set. Turn it on and take a look. Wha ...
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Clinton schools Trump on how abortions work
Yahoo News - 4 months
Between sexual assault allegations and painful slurs, it's been a traumatizing election season for many female voters.  During Wednesday night's presidential debate, Clinton attempted to give American women something to hope for. Responding to a question about the Supreme Court, Clinton made a powerful, emotional case for Roe v. Wade and women's right to choose. SEE ALSO: Poor Brian Williams can't quite say WikiLeaks After Wallace asked Clinton about her vote against a ban of "late-term partial birth abortions," Trump accused her of being willing to allow women to "rip the baby out of the womb . . just prior to the birth of the baby." Partial-birth abortions is a political term, a not medical one. The procedure Trump may have been referring to, called "dilation and extraction," makes up approximately .2 percent of abortions each year, and largely do not take  place in the third trimester.  Clinton clarified her position. Across Twitter, people spoke passionately about Clinton's respons ...
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Rachel Maddow Hated The VP Debate For The Same Reason You Did
Huffington Post - 5 months
You weren’t the only one who wanted to throw a remote at the TV during Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate. Rachel Maddow was also fed up with the candidates’ compulsion to talk over each other. “A lot of the time, I think those of us watching on television had no idea what was being said because not only were both men speaking over one another, the moderator was speaking over both of the candidates, and nobody was yielding to anybody else,” the MSNBC host said after the debate. “So there were long stretches of time when there were three voices at once and I don’t think you could pick out any intelligible words from any of them.” Maddow agreed with her co-host Brian Williams that the debate between Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was contentious, but she added that it was “at times, incomprehensible,” particularly in the first 15 minutes.  “It doesn’t reflect well on any of the people involved,” she said.  The moderator, C ...
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Lester Holt Is About To Take The Biggest Stage Of His Life
Huffington Post - 5 months
NEW YORK  ― Lester Holt didn’t look like a man worried that as many as 100 million people would soon be watching his every move, parsing his every word for signs of bias.   After wrapping up “NBC Nightly News” on Tuesday night, Holt headed west to a rooftop lounge where colleagues were celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Dateline,” the weekly newsmagazine he also anchors. “I like the idea of being 25 again,” he joked with partygoers before jumping on bass for a few songs with his band, the 30 Rockers. The cocktail-sipping crowd, which included NBC News chief Andy Lack and network stars like Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell, requested, and received, an encore. The veteran journalist takes on a much tougher gig Monday night, when he moderates the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and the massive audience at home won’t be as forgiving. The highly anticipated faceoff is expected to rival some of the biggest moments in television history and presumab ...
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Nina Turner Quotes James Baldwin To Sum Up The Anger Among Black Protesters
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Brian Williams' new program, 'The 11th Hour,' debuts Tuesday on MSNBC
LATimes - 6 months
Brian Williams’ new, late-night newscast for MSNBC will start Tuesday. The half-hour wrap-up of the day’s presidential campaign coverage will be called “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams,” airing live Monday thru Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern time on the NBC-owned cable news channel. It will repeat...
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Brian Williams will get a late-night news program on MSNBC in September
LATimes - 6 months
Brian Williams is getting a new — and for now temporary — late-night news program, his first regular time slot since joining MSNBC. Starting in September, the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor will helm a live wrap-up of the day’s political coverage at 11 p.m. ET. According to an MSNBC executive...
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The Hostage's Daughter To Be Published This Fall
Huffington Post - 7 months
Almost three years ago, I started writing a book. It's a memoir and investigation of my father Terry Anderson's kidnapping and seven-year captivity by Shiite Muslim terrorists in Lebanon. It will be published with Dey Street, a HarperCollins imprint, on October 4 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I've included a summary and some of the advance praise it has received below. In this gripping blend of reportage, memoir, and analysis, a journalist and daughter of one of the world's most famous hostages, Terry Anderson, takes an intimate look at her father's captivity during the Lebanese Hostage Crisis and the ensuing political firestorm on both her family and the United States--as well as the far-reaching implications of those events on Middle Eastern politics today. In 1991, six-year-old Sulome Anderson met her father, Terry, for the first time. While working as the Middle East bureau chief for the Associated Press covering the long and bloody civil war in Lebanon, ...
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Brian Williams upsets, uses the phrase 'plowed over' during breaking news coverage
Fox News - 7 months
Brian Williams’ breaking news broadcast on MSNBC caused some controversy on Thursday night.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Williams
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 56
    In January 2016, Williams also added the role of Chief Elections Anchor for MSNBC, and sequentially debuted in the new role during coverage of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
    More Details Hide Details As part of his chief anchor duties, Williams currently anchors a nightly news and politics wrap-up show, entitled The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In September 2015, Williams' returned to the air as MSNBC's Chief Breaking News Anchor.
    More Details Hide Details News events that Williams has since covered for MSNBC include among others Pope Francis' trip to the United States, Umpqua Community College shooting and terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Belgium and Nice.
    On June 19, 2015, his suspension drawing to a close, Williams gave another apology and an account about his role in news going forward in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
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    The New Canaan Advertiser reported in February 2015 that NBC is no longer allowing Williams to make public appearances, in light of his suspension over the Iraq War statements.
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    On February 10, 2015, NBC News President Deborah Turness announced Williams's suspension from Nightly News for six months without pay for having misrepresented the Iraq incident.
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    In a February 5, 2015 interview with CNN, the pilot of the Chinook in which Williams was travelling said that while the aircraft did not sustain RPG fire, it did indeed sustain small-arms fire and the door gunners returned fire.
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    On February 4, 2015 Williams apologized for and recanted an Iraq War story he had told on the January 30 Nightly News broadcast, that a military helicopter he was traveling in had been "forced down after being hit by an RPG.” Williams's story was criticized soon after it was aired by Lance Reynolds, a flight engineer on board one of the three Chinook helicopters that had been attacked.
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    In February 2015, Williams was suspended for six months from the broadcast for misrepresenting his experience in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details Williams' salary was $10 million a year, with a five-year contract signed in December 2014. On October 4, 2011, it was announced that Williams would be the host of Rock Center with Brian Williams, a newsmagazine program premiering on October 31, 2011, at 10:00 pm Eastern, replacing the cancelled drama series The Playboy Club. Named after the nickname of Rockefeller Center, the New York City landmark where NBC Radio City Studios are located, the program would become the first new NBC News program to launch in primetime in nearly two decades. NBC cancelled Rock Center on May 10, 2013, due to low ratings; the network was also having trouble finding a permanent time slot for the program. The last show aired on June 21, 2013. Williams reportedly felt "insulted" by the program's cancellation.
    In February 2015, Williams was suspended for six months, and eventually fired from the Nightly News for "misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003."
    More Details Hide Details Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Williams was raised in a "boisterous" Irish Catholic home. He is the son of Dorothy May (née Pampel) and Gordon Lewis Williams, who was an executive vice president of the National Retail Merchants Association, in New York. His mother was an amateur stage actress. Williams is the youngest of four siblings. He lived in Elmira, New York for nine years before moving to Middletown, New Jersey, when he was in junior high school. Williams graduated from Mater Dei High School, a Roman Catholic high school in the New Monmouth section of Middletown. While in high school, he was a volunteer firefighter for three years at the Middletown Township Fire Department. Also while in high school, he was the Editorial Editor for the school newspaper. He suffered an accident during a football game which left him with a crooked nose. His first job was as a busboy at Perkins Pancake House.
  • 2014
    Age 54
    In a 2014 interview, however, Williams said, "We watched, all of us watched, as one man committed suicide."
    More Details Hide Details A reference to the fall of the Berlin Wall also received scrutiny. In 2008, Williams said that he was "at the Brandenburg Gate the night the wall came down," while CBS and other sources report that Williams did not arrive until November 10, the day after the gates between the two halves of Berlin were opened. "'The night the wall came down' is widely recognized as November 9, 1989," according to a CNN report. Williams joked in 2014 that he was upset that NBC's Tom Brokaw had arrived first in Berlin, adding that "by the second night of the story, we were all there." Another statement by Williams, this one regarding the Navy SEALs, also received attention. Williams said he flew into Baghdad with SEAL Team Six, but Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw stated the SEALs do not embed journalists.
  • 2013
    Age 53
    He was also the commencement speaker for Elon University's graduating class of 2013, which included his son Douglas.
    More Details Hide Details Williams has written for publications including The New York Times and Time magazine.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    In May 2012, he spoke at the George Washington University commencement on the National Mall.
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    In April, 2012, on the West Coast installment of the 30 Rock season 6 live show, Williams portrayed a news anchor covering the Apollo 13 story.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was the commencement speaker at Bates College in December 2004, The Catholic University of America in May 2004, Ohio State University in June 2008, and at the University of Notre Dame in 2010.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    During an appearance on July 26, 2011, he demonstrated a skilled vocal impersonation of TV personality Regis Philbin.
    More Details Hide Details He has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where he took part in numerous skits and interviews. Williams also frequently made guest appearances on NBC's television comedy 30 Rock, as a caricatured version of himself. In the episode "The Ones," he's seen at home receiving proposition calls meant for Tracy Jordan. In "Audition Day," he auditions to be a new TGS cast member. He also is seen once on the show taunting Tina Fey's character, Liz Lemon.
  • 2010
    Age 50
    On February 22, 2010, while covering the Winter Olympics, Williams did a skit with Brian Williams, the Canadian sportscaster of CTV Sports, on the CTV Olympic set.
    More Details Hide Details Some in the media dubbed this the new "Battle of the Brians," as NBC's Williams compared his own modest set to CTV's expensive Olympic studio. Williams regularly appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he slow jams the news of the previous week as Fallon sings and reiterates what Williams says, with The Roots providing the musical backing. A mash-up video created by Fallon, where Williams appears to rap to hip-hop instrumentals, became viral within a few hours. Williams has also made numerous appearances on Late Show with David Letterman.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    He was also the host of the 2009 Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala.
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  • 2008
    Age 48
    Williams appeared on Sesame Street again in a 2008 episode, reporting for Sesame Street Nightly News about the "mine-itis" outbreak, becoming a victim.
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  • 2007
    Age 47
    Williams appeared on Sesame Street in a 2007 episode, announcing the word of the day, "squid," in a special broadcast.
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    He appeared on the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live on the season 32 premiere hosted by Dane Cook and then hosted a season 33 episode on November 3, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details With this episode, Williams was the first, and (so far) only, sitting network news anchor to host SNL.
    Williams frequently appeared on The Daily Show as a celebrity guest interviewed by Jon Stewart and in 2007, made regular cameos as a giant head sidekick looking on Jon Stewart and helping out with pronunciations of foreign names and occasionally other foreign affairs all beginning at the premiere of the new Daily Show set.
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    In a 2007 retelling, Williams did not state that his craft had been hit, but said, "...
    More Details Hide Details I looked down the tube of an RPG that had been fired at us, and it hit the chopper in front of us." This contradicted the statements by the crew of the craft that was hit, that it was at least 30 minutes ahead of the Williams's helicopter. However, the soldiers who piloted Williams’s helicopter in Iraq said no rocket-propelled grenades had been fired at the aircraft, a fact that Williams did not dispute and apologized for. Also, a military helicopter that preceded Williams’s helicopter to a landing spot in the Iraqi desert did sustain damage from an RPG, but it was at least a half-hour ahead of Williams’s flight, making it unlikely that he could have “looked down the tube” of the weapon. In a 2013 account, Williams said that his helicopter had been "hit … and landed very quickly."
  • 2006
    Age 46
    Williams was a member of the board of directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation from September 2006 until resigning in the wake of the scandal over his Iraq War comments.
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    For "outstanding" work as anchor and managing editor of the Nightly News, he received one Emmy in 2006 (for Nightly News coverage of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina), two in 2007, one in 2009, two in 2010, one in 2011, one in 2013, and one in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The 2014 Emmy was awarded Nightly News for its coverage of a deadly series of tornadoes in Oklahoma, for which it also received the duPont-Columbia University Award. Williams also received a 2012 Emmy for his interview program Rock Center and a 2013 Emmy for being one of the executive producers and editors of a documentary on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. He also shared a 2014 Emmy awarded for an NBC News Special on the Boston Marathon bombings. Based on the Nielsen ratings, from late 2008 Williams' news broadcast consistently had more viewers than its two main rivals, ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News. In fact, from late 2008 to late 2014, NBC Nightly News beat the other two network programs in the Nielsen ratings all but one week.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    CNN reported in a 2005 television documentary that Williams said he was not a witness to the suicide, stating, "We heard the story of a man killing himself, falling from the upper deck."
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    Williams became anchor of NBC Nightly News on December 2, 2004, and his first year in that post was marked by coverage of two disasters: the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.
    More Details Hide Details His and NBC's Katrina coverage was widely praised, and Williams in particular was applauded "for venting his anger and frustration over the government's failure to act quickly to help the victims." NBC News was awarded a Peabody Award for its coverage, the Peabody committee concluding that "Williams, and the entire staff of NBC Nightly News exemplified the highest levels of journalistic excellence in reporting on Hurricane Katrina." NBC Nightly News also earned the George Polk Award and the duPont-Columbia University Award for its Katrina coverage. Vanity Fair called Williams' work on Katrina "Murrow-worthy" and reported that during the hurricane he became "a nation's anchor." The New York Times characterized Williams' reporting of the hurricane as "a defining moment." In 2007, Time magazine named Williams one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2009, Williams was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism by Arizona State University. At the announcement of the award, Cronkite said he was one of Williams's "ardent admirers" and described him as a "fastidious newsman" who brought credit to the television news reporting profession.
  • 2003
    Age 43
    A book published by NBC in 2003 said that "Army Chinook helicopters were forced to make a desert landing after being attacked by Iraqi Fedayeen," with Williams aboard.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 36
    In the summer of 1996 he began serving as anchor and managing editor of The News with Brian Williams, broadcast on MSNBC and CNBC.
    More Details Hide Details Williams also served as primary substitute anchor for Tom Brokaw on The NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, and the Weekend anchor of that news broadcast.
  • 1993
    Age 33
    Williams joined NBC News in 1993, where he anchored the national Weekend Nightly News and was chief White House correspondent.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 27
    Beginning in 1987 he broadcast in New York City at WCBS.
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  • 1986
    Age 26
    Williams married Jane Gillan Williams (née Stoddard), at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, Connecticut, on June 7, 1986.
    More Details Hide Details They currently live in New Canaan, Connecticut. Their daughter Allison is an actress who stars in HBO's Girls. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Bates College in 2005. Brian Williams was named "Father of the Year" in 1996 by the National Father's Day Committee.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    Williams first worked in broadcasting in 1981 at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he covered news in the Washington, D.C., area at then-independent station WTTG, then worked in Philadelphia for WCAU, at that time a CBS Owned-and-Operated station.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on May 5, 1959.
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