Brian Williams

Brian Williams
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Brian Williams Biography

This article is about the American journalist. For other uses, see Brian Williams (disambiguation).

Brian Douglas Williams (born May 5, 1959) is the seventh anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the flagship evening news program of the NBC television network. Williams replaced Tom Brokaw on December 2, 2004. Previously, Williams was the network's chief White House correspondent and host of The News with Brian Williams on CNBC and MSNBC. In 2007, Williams was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife, Jane Stoddard Williams, one of their two children and two dogs. Read Full Bio >>

Brian Williams Trivia

  • Brian is a native of both New York and New Jersey
  • Brian has two children
  • He lives in Connecticut
  • He named "Father of the Year" by the National Fathers' Day Committee in 1996
  • He received honorary doctorate from Elmira College in May 1998
  • He is an occasional guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993), and "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993).
  • He spent several years as a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey
  • He worked in the White House during the Carter administration
  • Brian has won several Emmys
  • He will take over for Tom Brokaw on the "NBC Nightly News" (1970) in November 2004 after the elections.
  • He received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic university of America in May of 2004 although he never graduated from there.
  • Brian attended Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, New Jersey
  • He appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) September 30, 2006 ready to co- anchor the Weekend Update segment with Amy Poehler, but is told by Poehler that Seth Meyers will be co-anchoring Weekend Update.
  • At the 2007 Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner, Williams was pulled up on stage by Improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood and made sound effects as the two comedians performed a skit.
  • He has appeared three times on "The Daily Show" (1996) as a celebrity guest and interviewed by Jon Stewart, most recently on Tuesday, August 8th, 2006. A gag involving his head being projected on a screen behind Stewart has been used twice since the show moved to a new set on April 9, 2007; during one of these appearances, the head actually addressed and made fun of Stewart as part of the joke.
  • In "The Head and the Hair" episode of the sitcom "30 Rock" (2006), Jack and Kenneth are sent to clean up Williams' dressing room while he is apparently at the liquor store - in the room they find underwear filled with bird seed and graffiti on the wall reading "Katie Couric Sucks".
  • He replaced Maury Povich as host of locally produced Washington D.C chat show Panorama in 1985.
  • He is a big New York Giants fan. On "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993), Williams announced he "bleeds Giants blue".
  • Currently the longest serving network news anchor with the retirements of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather and the death of Peter Jennings.
  • Known to have been a big Dale Earnhardt fan, even visiting Earnhardt a few times (Williams and his son Douglas were at Talladega Super speedway in October 1999 for a race when Williams interviewed Earnhardt for his show.
  • Brian worked as an intern during the administration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter.


Brian Williams Photos

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    2013 Canadian Screen Awards - Arrivals

  • Brian Williams and Jane Staddard Williams

    2012 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala - Outdoor Arrivals

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    Tribeca Film Institute Hosts a Benefit Screening of "New Year's Eve" - Arrivals

  • Brian Williams and Jane Stoddard Williams

    2011 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala - Arrivals

  • Brian Williams and Jane Williams

    10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival - Tribeca Talks Directors Series with Robert De Niro and Brian Williams - Arrivals

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    2010 Stand Up to Cancer Benefit - Arrivals

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