Brian Williams

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Brian Williams is an American news anchor born in 1959 in Elmira, New York. He is the managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News. Williams started his broadcasting career in 1981 for KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas. He later moved to WTTG in Washington D. C. and then worked for WCAU in Philadelphia. Williams has also made guest appearances on the television shows 30 Rock, Family Guy, and The Soup. Due to his coverage of Hurricane Katrina he earned the George Polk Award. He was also instrumental in NBC earning a Peabody Award for that coverage as well. He is married to Jane Gillan Stoddard Williams and they have two children. Their daughter Allison Williams stars on the HBO show Girls.

10 Feb, 2015
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Suspended for six months

NBC suspends Williams for six months, without pay, for having inaccurately reported he came under fire in Iraq in 2003. The president of NBC News indicates the suspension will take effect immediately:

We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor NBC Nightly News.

4 Feb, 2015
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Admits Helicopter story inaccurate

Interview

Williams admits that a report he made in 2003 is not true. At the time he stated that that the helicopter he was flying in came under attack, but he now says that his helicopter never actually came under fire, that he confused his aircraft with another. Williams insists that he did not deliberately lie:

No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft.

24 Aug, 2010
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Elle Magazine interview

Interview

Williams gives interview to Elle about announcing he was going to marry his wife, the first time they met.

It was a one-time thing. You don’t toss those words around! I got off the air at one p.m. I’d met my wife within that last hour. Later that afternoon, I sat in Bernie Smilovitz’s office and said, I think I’m off the market. That’s the exact expression I used.

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