Brian Williams is the seventh anchor and managing editor in the history of NBC Nightly News, which represents the largest single daily source of news in America.
Recently, Williams became the most honored network evening news anchor. He received four Edward R. Murrow awards, his fifth Emmy Award, the duPont-Columbia University Award and the industry's highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. Most were given for his work in New Orleans while covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and all were awarded to Williams in only his second year on the job.
Williams was the first and only network evening news anchor to report from New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hit, and was the only network news anchor to report from the Superdome during the storm. He remained in New Orleans to report on the aftermath and destruction of Hurricane Katrina, and continues to travel back and forth to the region to cover the recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Originally from New Jersey, Williams attended George Washington University, and the Catholic University of America. After working in the lobbying arm of the National Association of Broadcasters, Williams began his broadcasting career at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas in 1981. A year later he moved back to Washington, D.C. and worked at WTTG-TV as general assignment reporter. Williams lives in Connecticut with his family.
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