Brian Williams Biography
Brian Williams is an American journalist and a former news anchor for MSNBC. Before being promoted to anchor and managing editor of the broadcast in 2004, he worked as a reporter for NBC Nightly News beginning in 1993. For “misrepresenting[ing] incidents which occurred while he was reporting the Iraq War in 2003,” NBC suspended Williams for six months in February 2015. The network fired him from NBC Nightly News four months after the lying episode came to light and replaced him as the breaking news anchor for MSNBC.
Brian Williams Age
Williams was born on May 5, 1959, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S. He is 63 years old as of 2022. Williams celebrates his birthday on May 5th every year.
Brian Williams Height
Williams stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches and has a weight of 72 kg.
Brian Williams Family
Williams was raised in a “boisterous” Irish-majority Catholic household. He is the son of Gordon Lewis Williams, a former executive vice president of the National Retail Merchants Association in New York, and Dorothy May Williams (née Pampel). His mother was a want to be a theatrical performer. In addition, Williams is the fourth child and the youngest. Prior to relocating to Middletown Township, New Jersey while he was a student in high school, he spent nine years living in Elmira, New York.
Brian Williams Wife
On June 7, 1986, Brian wed Jane Gillan Stoddard at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, Connecticut. Allison, an actress, and Doug, the late-night host of Geico SportsNite on SportsNet New York, are their two children. Williams and his wife reside in New Canaan, and they also own a pied-à-Terre in Midtown Manhattan and a beach property in Bay Head, New Jersey.
Brian Williams Career
In 1981, Williams began his career in broadcasting at Pittsburg, Kansas’ KOAM-TV. The next year, he worked for WCAU in Philadelphia, which was then owned and run by CBS, before reporting on local news in the Washington, D.C., area for then-independent station WTTG. He began broadcasting at WCBS in New York City in 1987.
In 1993, Williams joined NBC News, where he served as the top White House correspondent and the host of the national Weekend Nightly News. He started working as the anchor and managing editor of The News with Brian Williams, which aired on MSNBC and CNBC, in the summer of 1996. Williams also served as the weekend anchor and the main fill-in anchor for The NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Additionally, He covered Diana, Princess of Wales,’ accident and death.
Return to MSNBC
Williams made a comeback to the airwaves in September 2015 as MSNBC’s lead anchor. Williams has since covered a variety of news stories for MSNBC, such as Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, the shooting at Umpqua Community College, and the terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and Nice. Brian added the position of chief elections anchor for MSNBC in January 2016 and made his debut in the new position during coverage of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.
Additionally, Brian hosted The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, a nightly news and politics wrap-up program, as part of his duties as lead anchor. In February 2019, The New York Post referred to the program as a “legit hit,” adding that it has “beaten [competitors] CNN and Fox News for three months straight.” Williams oversaw the network’s coverage of the 2020 US presidential election together with co-anchors Rachel Maddow & Joy Reid and head analyst Nicolle Wallace.
After five years of presenting the program and 28 years with the networks, Williams announced on November 9, 2021, broadcast of The 11th Hour with Brian Williams that he would be leaving NBC News and MSNBC at the conclusion of his contract the following month.
Rise and ouster at NBC Nightly News
On December 2, 2004, Williams took over as the anchor of NBC Nightly News in place of Tom Brokaw, who was retiring. Williams had to apologize for suggesting there are “greater challenges” than newsroom diversity in the year he took over, in December 2004. Neal Shapiro, president of NBC News, committed to stepping up the company’s efforts to hire more people of color.
He was nonetheless given permission to work, and for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, in particular “for expressing his outrage and disgust at the government’s failure to move promptly to help the victims,” he received high accolades. The Peabody committee decided that “Williams, and the whole crew of NBC Nightly News, demonstrated the highest levels of journalistic achievement,” awarding the network a Peabody. Williams accepted the honor on the company’s behalf.
Williams was the recipient of 12 News & Documentary Emmy Awards while anchoring the Nightly News. Additionally, He won one Emmy in 2006 (for the Nightly News’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005), two in 2007, one in 2009, two in 2010, one in 2011, one in 2013, and one in 2014 for his “excellent” performance as the managing editor and anchor of the Nightly News. Nightly News got the DuPont-Columbia University Award and an Emmy for its coverage of a fatal string of tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2014.
In addition, Williams won an Emmy in 2012 and 2013 for his work as one of the executive producers and editors of a documentary on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and his interview program Rock Center.
Rock Center with Brian Williams
On October 4, 2011, it was revealed that Williams would be the host of Rock Center with Brian Williams, a news magazine program that would replace the canceled drama series The Playboy Club and debut on October 31 at 10:00 pm Eastern.
Additionally, The program, which would be the first new NBC News program to premiere in primetime in two decades, would be named after the abbreviation for Rockefeller Center, the New York City landmark where NBC Radio City Studios are situated. On May 10, 2013, NBC canceled Rock Center because of the show’s poor ratings and difficulty securing a regular time slot. It aired its final episode on June 21, 2013.
Brian Williams Salary
Williams receives an average salary of $8 million annually.
Brian Williams’ Net Worth
Williams’ estimated net worth is $50 million. His primary source of income is his job as an anchor.
Brian Williams’ Social Media Accounts
Williams is active on social media and he posts personal and work-related stuff from time to time. He has over 2000 followers on Instagram, 1500 on Facebook, and 2300 on Twitter.