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Since joining NBC News in 1993, Brian Williams has become one of the nation’s most accomplished and acclaimed anchors and traveling correspondents.
HIS LIVE, nightly hour-long newscast, The News with Brian Williams, has established a new brand of journalistic style and excellence. The broadcast is proud to count many of the nation’s lawmakers and opinion-makers among its nightly audience, and his work has been praised by many television critics and national publications.
In May 2002, it was announced that Williams is to become the anchor of NBC Nightly News effective December 1, 2004, taking over for Tom Brokaw. It was the first such announced changed in the major network news anchors in over two decades. He was the NBC News Chief White House correspondent from 1994-1996, and was the anchor and managing editor of the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News for six years. Williams is perhaps best known for his trademark ability to quickly and comprehensively pull together the elements of a breaking news story, combine it with historic context, and report it from either a world hot spot or while live on the air each evening.
In over 20 years of broadcasting, Williams has reported from 23 overseas nations on countless stories of national and international importance, including intensive live coverage of the September 11th attacks and their aftermath. After his election night coverage of the 2000 Presidential race, he was named Best Anchor by USA Today. In 1997, his continuous coverage of the death of Princess Diana was watched by countless millions worldwide on the networks of NBC. Millions also watched his many hours of live coverage following the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. GQ magazine has called him “the most interesting man in television today,” and in 2001 he surpassed all others in broadcast news to be named GQ’s Man of the Year.
Among other overseas assignments, Williams covered the historic election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the Arafat-Rabin Mideast peace agreement from Jericho and Jerusalem, and the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Williams has anchored live newscasts from the Middle East, Russia and Europe on numerous occasions.
While serving as NBC News’ Chief White House correspondent, Williams circled the world several times, accompanying President Clinton aboard Air Force One and covering virtually every foreign and domestic trip by the President during his years covering Mr. Clinton. On perhaps one of the most historic trips of the Clinton Presidency, Williams was the only television news correspondent to accompany three U.S. presidents - Clinton, Bush, and Carter - to Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral in Israel.
Williams has been awarded three Emmys: for his 1987 coverage of the stock market crash, his 1993 coverage of the Iowa floods, and in 2001 for his live coverage of the crash of a Singapore Airlines 747 in Taiwan. The National Father’s Day Committee named him “Father of the Year” in 1996. He is known to late night audiences as a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Prior to joining NBC News, Williams spent seven years at CBS’s owned-and-operated stations division as anchor and correspondent for WCBS-TV in New York, where he covered the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He began his service at CBS as a correspondent for the network-owned WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and was a correspondent at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. He started his broadcasting career “doing everything but operating the transmitter,” as he puts it, at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas
Prior to his broadcasting career, Williams worked in the White House during the Carter administration, beginning as a White House intern. He later worked as Assistant Administrator of the Political Action Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington. A native of both Elmira, New York, and Middletown, New Jersey, Williams is very proud of his several years of service as a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey.
Williams attended George Washington University and the Catholic University of America, both in Washington, and is the recipient of honorary Doctorates from Elmira College and Providence College. He and his wife, Jane Stoddard Williams, have two children.
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