Created May 06, 2010

Brian Williams

Anchor, MSNBC Breaking News and Special Reports, and “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” more

Brian Williams anchors MSNBC breaking news and special reports as well as The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, a campaign-focused program airing live at 11 p.m. ET weeknights through the 2016 election.

Williams rejoined MSNBC in September 2015 and has since anchored over 300 hours of coverage including primary nights, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and major breaking news events around the world.

Williams began his broadcasting career in 1981 at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kan. He worked at several local stations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City before joining NBC News in 1993. A few years later, he became NBC News chief White House correspondent and then anchor and managing editor of The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC.

In 2004, he took over as anchor of NBC Nightly News, the nation's top-rated nightly news program, a distinction it maintained throughout Williams' decade-long tenure in the anchor chair. In 2007, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Of the course of his career, Williams received nineteen Emmy Awards, eleven Edward R. Murrow Awards, four duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and the industry's highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award.

Williams is a native of Middletown, NJ where he was a firefighter for several years. Before his start in broadcasting, Williams worked in the White House during the Carter administration, beginning as an intern. He later worked as assistant administrator of the political action committee of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington. He attended Brookdale Community College, Catholic University and George Washington University, and is a member of the board of the Leary Firefighters Foundation.