Brian Williams is undoubtedly one of America’s most accomplished journalists. This is evident from the awards he has received so far for his journalistic activities. If the man wishes, he can boast of having won a dozen new Emmy Awards and documentaries.
Overlooking this, Brian received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is also the recipient of the George Polk and duPont-Columbia University awards, which recognize excellence in broadcast and digital journalism.
Brian Williams Bio
The American television journalist is best known for his contribution to NBC Nightly News. The famous journalist was born Brian Douglas Williams on May 5, 1959 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States. He lived in Elmira, New York for the first nine years of his life, then in Middletown, New Jersey. he was raised Catholic.
Brian Williams attended Mater Dei High School in Middletown which is a Roman Catholic school. At Mater Dei, he edited the school newspaper. During this time, he also volunteered as a firefighter with the Middletown Township Fire Department. Brian eventually graduated from school and then moved on to Brookdale Community College. But that was short-lived when he transferred to the Catholic University of America and later George Washington University.
He didn’t finish university – a decision he regrets. After dropping out of college, he interned at the White House under the administration of former United States President Jimmy Carter.
His early work in broadcasting began at KOAM-Television in Pittsburgh, Kansas. His first job at NBC was as the anchor of the National Weekend Nightly News. From there, he was promoted to anchor of the NBC Nightly News. He received 12 Emmy nominations for the program and a few other notable awards.
Williams enjoyed respect for his contribution to NBC until his 2003 Iraq War reporting scandal came to light. In this report, Williams claimed that a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter he was in with US soldiers, causing the plane to land. He pursued the story for years until 2015 when it was discovered that the Emmy Award winner had falsified the reports. It was revealed that he was not on said plane, but on a plane behind him.
It was also revealed that while the plane he was in was also forced to land, it was due to small guns being fired at the plane and not an RPG. NBC saw its ratings plummet due to the controversy. The network had Williams suspended without pay for 6 months. In September 2015, he returned to MSNBC as the chief anchor of Breaking News, much to the chagrin of many.
The award-winning journalist reportedly received six-figure salaries from NBC. His net worth is said to be a whopping $40 million. He and his wife reside in a two million dollar home in Connecticut. He currently earns $10 million on MSNBC – a sister company of NBC. That’s $5 million less than what he was making at NBC.
Family – wife, daughter and son
Brian Douglas Williams was born to an amateur theatrical actress, Dorothy May Pampel and former executive vice president of the National Retail Merchants Association, New York, Gordon Lewis Williams. His parents are faithful Catholics.
This journalist has been married since 1986. He married Jane Gillan Stoddard at First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, Connecticut. Jane is an independent television producer and broadcaster. She is the executive producer of the radio show Bloomberg Ed.
They have one daughter, Allison Howell Williams, born April 13, 1988. She is a film and television actress, singer, and comedian. Allison featured in the hit HBO series, Girls and the 2017 movie, Get Out. Allison got engaged to CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen in 2014. The couple married in 2015 and live together in Chelsea, New York.
Brian Williams also has a son named Douglas. He is three years younger than Allison. Douglas played the role of his father and hosts a show on SportsNet New York.
Body height and features
Brain Williams is a handsome man. He is an inch taller than 6 feet (185 cm) and weighs 81 kg (179 pounds). The smart reporter has blue eyes and light brown hair. He is beardless and always looks smart.