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Brian Williams Biography

Birth Place:
Elmira, New York, United States
TV news anchorman

Fast Facts

  • Wrote press releases while a student at Catholic University
  • Has worked as a volunteer firefighter
  • Was an intern at the White House under President Jimmy Carter
  • After dropping out of college, he got a low-paying reporting job in Kansas
  • In 1993, he moved from CBS to NBC, where he hosted the News with Brian Williams on MSNBC and then CNBC, became a White House correspondent, and filled in occasionally for Tom Brokaw
  • Named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Committee in 1996
  • Was named Man of the Year by GQ in 2001
  • Began writing a blog for msnbc
  • com in 2005
  • In 2005, he released a personal documentary called In His Own Words: Brian Williams on Hurricane Katrina
  • Earned an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree from The Ohio State University in 2008
  • Received the 2009 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University
  • In 2009, he started a web series called BriTunes where he interviewed and showcased musicians
  • Has written for The New York Times, Time magazine, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times


  • David Williams -- Brother
  • Richard Williams -- Brother
  • Gordon Williams -- Father
  • Dorothy Williams -- Mother
  • Mary Jane Esser -- Sister
  • Douglas Williams -- Son
  • Jane Stoddard Williams -- Wife