Brian Williams

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Date of Birth May 5, 1959
Place of Birth Ridgewood, New Jersey
Age 61 years old
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Brian Williams

Brian Douglas Williams is an American journalist at NBC News, currently serving as the chief anchor for the network's cable news channel MSNBC and as host of the network's nightly wrap-up program, The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. Williams is known for his ten years as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program on NBC. After Williams joined the program in December 2004, NBC News was awarded the Peabody Award for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and Williams accepted the award on behalf of the organization. In February 2015, Williams was suspended for six months from his position as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for "misrepresent[ing] events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003", and on June 18, 2015 he was demoted to breaking news anchor for MSNBC.

Born: Brian Douglas Williams, May 05, 1959, Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality: American
Education: George Washington University (no degree conferred) Catholic University of America (no degree conferred) Brookdale Community College Mater Dei High School
Years active: 1981–present
Employer: General Electric (1993–2013), Comcast (2013–present)
Television: NBC News reporter (1993–2004), NBC Nightly News weekend anchor (1993–1999), NBC Nightly News anchor (2004–2015), MSNBC anchor (2015–present), The 11th Hour anchor (2016–present)
Term: Anchor of NBC Nightly News
Predecessor: Tom Brokaw
Successor: Lester Holt
Children: 2, including Allison Williams
Parents: Gordon Lewis Williams (father), Dorothy May Pampel (mother)
Awards: 12 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, George Polk Award, duPont-Columbia University Award, Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism
Twitter: Brian Williams's Twitter profile
IMDb: Brian Williams's IMDb

About Brian Williams

NBC Nightly News anchor who replaced Tom Brokaw in 2004. After embellishing a story regarding his coverage of the Iraq War in 2015, he was suspended from Nightly News for six months. He also presented on Rock Center and Dateline NBC.

Before Fame

He worked as a volunteer fireman and a busboy throughout high school.


He has been dubbed the Walter Cronkite of the 21st century.

Family Life

He got married to Jane Stoddard Williams on June 7, 1986 and they had a daughter, Allison, and a son, Douglas.


When he was suspended from NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt took over as news anchor.

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  • Peabody Award winners
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Latest information about Brian Williams updated on February 23, 2021.