What Are Some Biographical Facts About Brian Williams?


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Brian Williams is a newscaster and the former anchor of "NBC Nightly News." Williams was removed from this position in February 2015, when evidence surfaced indicating that he had lied about being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq.

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Brian Williams was born on May 5, 1959, in New York. Williams never graduated from college, opting instead to directly enter the broadcasting industry. Williams began his broadcasting career in 1981 in Pittsburgh, Kansas, and was hired by WCBS-TV in New York City in 1987. After winning an Emmy award for his work at WCBS, Williams was hired by NBC News in 1993. He began as a White House correspondent, but soon became the anchor for MSNBC's "The News with Brian Williams," which premiered in 1996.

In 2004, Williams became the host of "NBC Nightly News," replacing Tom Brokaw. Williams received considerable acclaim for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, in which he personally covered the events in the aftermath of the disaster. In February 2015, Williams became the center of controversy when it was revealed he had lied about being on a helicopter shot down in Iraq. Williams was removed as the host of "NBC Nightly News," and, as of July 2015, is set to appear on MSNBC in mid-August to deliver breaking news and special reports.

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