Brian Williams is a well-known American journalist. His full name is Brian Douglas Williams. He is widely acknowledged as the anchor and managing editor of the evening news program named NBC Nightly News. This news was awarded the Peabody award in the year 2005 for its broadcasting of the Hurricane Katrina story and the credit goes to Williams’s contribution to the channel. But he was suspended for six months from the news channel for misinterpreting issues while covering the Iraq War in 2003. William returned to the broadcast media as MSNBC’s Chief Breaking news anchor in the year 2015.
Early life and background
He was born on 5th May, 1959 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Later he was lifted in a “boisterous” Irish Catholic home. His father, Gordon Lewis Williams was an executive vice president of the National Retail Merchants Association in New York. His mother’s name is Dorothy May and she was an amateur stage actress. He lived in Elmira, New York with his parents and three siblings. After nine years he moved to Middletown, New Jersey while he was still in junior high school.
While living in Middletown, he completed his graduation from a Roman Catholic high school named Mater Dei High School. He joined Brookdale Community College after completing high school. After that he attended The Catholic University of America and the George Washington University. After completing his graduation, he pursued an internship with the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
He started serving as an anchor of NBC Nightly News in the year 2004. During the broadcasting of the Hurricane Katrina story he was acknowledged as “a nation’s anchor”. He was also awarded the Walter Cronkite for excellence in journalism by Arizona State University in the year 2009. He also achieved an Emmy award for his interview program Rock Centre in the year 2012 and another one in 2013 for being one of the executive producers and editors in a documentary.
Brian Wlliams – Wife and Children
William is married to Jane Gillan Williams. Presently they live in New Canan, Connecticut. They have a daughter named Allison, who acts in HBO’s Girls. In 1996, William was honored as “Father of the year” by the National Father’s Day Committee.
In the year 2015, Williams was criticized as he misinterpreted the Iraq War story. He declared on his show that a military helicopter had been forced down after being hit by a Rocket-propelled grenade. During the Hurricane Katrina event he referred to a suicide that occurred inside the New Orleans Superdome. He claimed that he was not a witness to the event but later in 2014, he confessed that he was a witness of this suicide.
Brian Williams – Salary and Net Worth
This eminent journalist is estimated to obtain a $40 million net worth. His annual salary is $12 to $13 million. He was asked to pay a penalty of $6.5 million by NBC for on-air misrepresentation
Williams and his wife currently lives in a lavish apartment built in 1890, in New Canan, Connecticut. Their apartment was built in 1890. The colonial style mansion has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a swimming pool.