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Born: May 5, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Elmira, New York, USA Profession: anchorman, newscaster, volunteer fire fighter

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News journalist Brian Williams covered almost every major breaking news event and traveled around the world, often finding himself in a position to watch history unfold as it happened. With the awards to prove it, Williams also had the distinction of being one of the most honored broadcast journalists, garnering a multitude of Edward R. Murrow awards, Emmys, duPont-Columbia University awards, and the industry's highest honor, the George Foster Peabody award. He was also named "Father of the Year" by the National Father's Day Committee in 1996, "Man of the Year," by GQ magazine in 2001 and was on TIME magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2007. Williams filled the shoes of NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw after the legendary newsman left "NBC Nightly News" in 2004. In his new role as managing editor and anchor of his own nightly newscast, Williams proved his mettle by bolstering the ratings of the show, surpassing those of Katie Couric on CBS and Charles Gibson on ABC. In September 2015, Williams was named chief anchor for MSNBC and headed the network's coverage of Pope Francis' first papal visit to the United States. "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams," with a focus on...

News journalist Brian Williams covered almost every major breaking news event and traveled around the world, often finding himself in a position to watch history unfold as it happened. With the awards to prove it, Williams also had the distinction of being one of the most honored broadcast journalists, garnering a multitude of Edward R. Murrow awards, Emmys, duPont-Columbia University awards, and the industry's highest honor, the George Foster Peabody award. He was also named "Father of the Year" by the National Father's Day Committee in 1996, "Man of the Year," by GQ magazine in 2001 and was on TIME magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2007. Williams filled the shoes of NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw after the legendary newsman left "NBC Nightly News" in 2004. In his new role as managing editor and anchor of his own nightly newscast, Williams proved his mettle by bolstering the ratings of the show, surpassing those of Katie Couric on CBS and Charles Gibson on ABC. In September 2015, Williams was named chief anchor for MSNBC and headed the network's coverage of Pope Francis' first papal visit to the United States. "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams," with a focus on developing news stories and current political events, debuted on MSNBC on September 6, 2016.

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 NASCAR Behind the Scenes (1999) Host
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 1997 Cable Ace Awards (1997) Presenter
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 Decision '96 Election Night (1996) Correspondent (Polls)
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 To Your Health (1994) Correspondent
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1980:
Went to work for KOAM (Pittsburg, KS) as TV reporter
1981:
Joined WTTG in Washington, DC, covering the Pentagon
1988:
Hired as reporter at WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)
1995:
Signed a five-year contract with NBC reportedly worth $5 million
2011:
Hosted newsmagazine "Rock Center with Brian Williams"
2015:
Suspended for six months and replaced as anchor of "NBC Nightly News" after inconsistencies in his personal anecdotes about a helicopter incident during the Iraq War surfaced.
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Education

Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. -
Brookdale Community College: Lincroft , New Jersey -

Notes

"He's the front rank and I don't feel threatened by it at all. But he ought to be able to [concentrate] on becoming the best damn White House correspondent he can be and not worry about all this other stuff."--Tom Brokaw in PEOPLE, April 29, 1996

Williams was named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Council in 1996. He told TV GUIDE: "I have very cheap tastes. A backyard cookout is my favorite way to spend a Father's Day evening." (June 15, 1996

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wife:
Jane Stoddard. Was producer of talk show "Panorama"; married 1986.

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father:
Gordon Williams. Retired marketing executive.
mother:
Dorothy Williams. Amateur actress. Died in 1992 of lymphoma.
daughter:
Allison Williams. Born 1988.
son:
Douglas Williams. Born 1993.
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