Brian Douglas Williams is an American journalist at MSNBC, formerly chief anchor and managing director (2014-15) of NBC Nightly News. He joined NBC News in 1993, announced that he would be resigning from the job at the end of this year. He is one of the country’s most recognizable anchors who’s been a part of NBC News for almost 28 years.
According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Williams, aged 62, says, “This is the end of the chapter and the beginning of another. There are many things that I want to do, and I will pop up again somewhere.” Williams’ contract is yet to expire this year after five years at MSNBC, where he hosted the successful program, “The 11th Hour.”
He joined the NBC TV channel “Nightly News” after a scandal, for which he was suspended six months, in 2015. Williams admitted that he overstated his role in a helicopter during the war in Iraq, a revelation that undermined his credibility before he re-entered MSNBC.
MSNBC president Rashida Jones said the network would miss Brian Williams. Williams has served as a figurehead for millions of Americans for nearly three decades. He played a pivotal role in the launch of MSNBC in the mid-1990s and conducted “NBC Nightly News” for a decade as it became one of the nation’s most-watched news programs.
Brian says, “I have been truly blessed. I have been allowed to spend almost half of my life with one company. NBC is a part of me and always will be.”