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Brian Douglas Williams is an American journalist at NBC News, currently serving as chief anchor of breaking news coverage for MSNBC and host of the network's nightly wrap-up program, The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. Williams is best known for his ten years as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network. Six months after Williams joined the program in December 2004, NBC News was awarded the Peabody Award for its coverage of the Hurricane Katrina story, with the award committee stating that Williams and the NBC staff displayed the "highest levels of journalistic excellence" in their reporting. In February 2015, Williams was suspended for six months, and eventually fired from the Nightly News for "misrepresent[ing] events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003."

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Williams in 2011
Born Brian Douglas Williams
(1959-05-05) May 5, 1959 (age 57)
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater George Washington University
The Catholic University of America
Years active 1981–present
Employer NBCUniversal, Comcast
Television NBC News reporter
NBC Nightly News weekend anchor
NBC Nightly News anchor
MSNBC Anchor
Spouse(s) Jane Gillan Stoddard (1986–present)
Children Allison
Douglas
Parents
  • Gordon Lewis Williams (father)
  • Dorothy May Pampei (mother)
Awards 12 News and Documentary Emmy Awards
George Polk Award
duPont-Columbia University Award
Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism

Brian Douglas Williams (born May 5, 1959) is an American journalist at NBC News, currently serving as chief anchor of breaking news coverage for MSNBC and host of the network's nightly wrap-up program, The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. Williams is best known for his ten years as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network. Six months after Williams joined the program in December 2004, NBC News was awarded the Peabody Award for its coverage of the Hurricane Katrina story, with the award committee stating that Williams and the NBC staff displayed the "highest levels of journalistic excellence" in their reporting. In February 2015, Williams was suspended for six months, and eventually fired from the Nightly News for "misrepresent[ing] events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003."