Brian Williams

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Brian Williams (born May 5, 1959) [1] is the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, the flagship evening news program of the National Broadcasting Company. Williams succeeded Tom Brokaw on December 2, 2004, following Brokaw's retirement on December 1. Previously, Williams was the network's chief correspondent at the White House and then anchor of The News with Brian Williams on CNBC and MSNBC cable networks.

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Background

Williams was raised in Elmira, New York where he attended Hendy Avenue Elementary. Later, Williams moved with his parents to Middletown, New Jersey where he was a volunteer fireman, worked at a pancake restaurant and local Sears store. After high school, Williams attended George Washington University and transferred to Catholic University of America, both schools in Washington, DC.

Upon leaving college without a degree, a decision that he terms "one of my great regrets" [2], Williams began his broadcasting career at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas and later moved back to Washington, DC to work at WTTG-TV as general assignment correspondent. After his stint there, Williams was hired at WCBS-TV in New York, NY where he won his first Emmy for his reporting of the stock market collapse.

It was at WCBS-TV where Williams was discovered by national network executives. In March of 1993, Williams began work at NBC News where he climbed the ranks to his current position.

In the past, some viewers held the perception that Williams was stiff and lacked charisma during his broadcasts. After the announcement that he would succeed Brokaw, Williams was a guest on various television entertainment programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where he showed a more jovial and charismatic side of his personality which largely eliminated this perception.

He should not be confused with the Canadian sports announcer Brian Williams.

GOP "Go-To" Man

While Fox News Channel remains the favorite network of Republican lawmakers, NBC's new anchor, Brian Williams, is the one turning GOP heads. Republican message guru and former MSNBC contributor Frank Luntz said in a confidential memo to Hill leaders that Williams has emerged as the "go-to network anchor" because of his brains and "lack of detectable ideological bias." Luntz credits NBC Executive Producer Steve Capus for "a flawless transition to a new generation of news anchor." Still, Fox and CNN lead the nets when it comes to GOP loyalty.[3]


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