Brian Williams, an American journalist got a breakthrough to success after joining the NBC News in 1993 & now, serves as Chief Breaking News Anchor of the network’s news channel MSNBC.
Since 2016, he works as the host of the one-hour nightly news and politics show The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. Earlier, Williams anchored his own show The News with Brian Williams on CNBC from 1996 to 2004.
Despite the fact that Brian earned 12 Emmy Awards, he does not lag behind from controversies though. In 2015, for misrepresenting events during the Iraq War, he received suspension & then was opted out of NBC Nightly News.
What Is Brian Williams’ Net Worth In 2020?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, 60-year-old Brian Williams has a net worth of $40 million as of April 2020. Without a doubt, his career as a journalist at NBC grabbed him showers of money & fame.
Turned professional in 1981, Brian made broadcasting debut through KOAM-TV & his prominence, saw him stints at other local channels including in WCBS-TV (1987- 1993) as reporter & weekday anchor.
The Ridgewood, New Jersey-born journalist’s career got hike after he joined NBC News in 1993 & is associated with the network ever since.
In 2004, on the behalf of the organization, Williams received Peabody Award for the coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Furthermore, for NBC News, he has covered the Boston Marathon bombing, the Umpqua Community College shooting, Pope Francis’ trip to USA & many more.
Salary From NBC News
Having worked as NBC News correspondent & as NBC Nightly News weekend anchor (1993-1999), Brian was promoted to anchor of NBC Nightly News in 2004 replacing Tom Brokaw.
According to The Richest, in 2007, his salary from the aforementioned TV news program was $8 million.
After Brian signed a 5-year deal with NBC News in December 2014, his payroll jumped to $10 million.
Furthermore, it was reported that his career peak salary reached $13 million per year.
Indeed, the infamous misrepresentation of helicopter incident of the Iraq War story aired in 2015 is among Brian’s most controversial incidents.
It got him a suspension from NBC Nightly News for 6 months & later was demoted to MSNBC, instead of being fired.
As per The Wrap, despite those bitter actions, Williams still makes $8-$10 million per year.
Career Update: What Is He Doing Currently?
After serving 6 months of suspension in NBC Nightly News, he joined the network’s news channel MSNBC in September 2015 & works as its Chief Breaking News Anchor since then.
Furthermore, he began anchoring The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (2016- Present) on MSNBC.
Reason Of Demotion From ‘NBC Nightly News’
Recalling the Iraq War story of 2003, Williams, on January 30, 2015, broadcast of NBC Nightly News, claimed that the military helicopter (he was in) was hit by an RPG & forced down.
However, Lance Reynolds, a flight engineer in one of the 3 helicopters during the incident, stated that the statement was false.
Furthermore, other soldiers came forth with Reynolds & told Brian Williams was on a separate group; also the attacked Chinook helicopter was forced down due to sand storm rather than the attack.
Later, on February 4, 2015, Brian apologized for misrepresenting his experience & was suspended for 6 months without pay by NBC president Deborah Turness; eventually, he was opted out of NBC Nightly News.
Lester Holt took over his position on February 9, 2015 (was interim until June 22) while Williams was demoted to MSNBC.
Did you know? During the original on-air coverage in 2003, Brian Williams stated: “Chinook ahead of us was almost blown out of the sky … by an RPG.” However, during its introduction, the then-anchor Tom Brokaw described Brian also being the victim of an attack that changed the whole story.
Career Timeline In NBC News
After 12 years of turning professional, Brian joined the NBC News in 1993 & his prominence grabbed him stairway to further success.
|1993- 1994||Correspondent in NBC|
|1993- 1999||Weekend anchor in Nightly NBC News|
|1994- 1996||White House correspondent for NBC|
|1996- 2004||Anchor of The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC|
|2004- 2015||Anchor of NBC Nightly News|
|2011- 2013||Host of Rock Center with Brian Williams|
|2015- Present||Chief Breaking News Anchor in MSNBC|
|2016- Present||Anchor of The 11th Hour with Brian Williams|
How Brian’s Journalism Career Kicked-Off?
In 1981, Williams began working in Pittsburg, Kansas-based KOAM-TV & then served as a correspondent in WTTG-TV (1982- 1986).
From 1985 to 1987, he worked as a New Jersey-based correspondent for WCAU-TV; later, he became WCBS-TV’s reporter & weekday anchor for 6 years until 1993.
Lives In Connecticut With Wife: What Is His House Worth?
The NBC journalist currently lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife Jane Gillian Stoddard. Brian and Jane bought the 3,448-sq ft home, built-in 1890, for $750,000 in July 1993.
Reportedly, the colonial-style property featuring 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms & a swimming pool valued at $1.7 million in 2015.
Formerly, Williams owned property in Jacksonville, Florida, too, which he sold in 2012 for $825,000; taking a loss of over $700,000.
The former NBC Nightly News anchor had paid $1.54 million for the house in 2006.
Father Of 2 Children: Wife & Relationship
Brian Williams enjoys a blissful relationship with his wife of over 3 decades, Jane Gillian Stoddard. The duo exchanged vows on June 7, 1986, at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, Connecticut.
Together, they welcomed 2 children: daughter Allison Howell Williams (born on April 13, 1988) and son Doug Williams.
His daughter Allison is an actress, famous for her appearance in TV series Girls and in 2017 horror movie Get Out. On the other, Doug is a late-night anchor for Geico SportsNite of the regional sports channel SportsNet New York.
Short-Bio: Family Background & Education
Brian Douglas Williams was born on May 5, 1959, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the USA.
He is the youngest of 4 children; his father Gordon Lewis Williams was an executive VP of National Retail Merchants Association, in New York while mother Dorothy May Williams was an amateur stage actress.
Raised a Roman Catholic, Brian lived in Elmira, New York for 9 years & later moved to Middletown Township, New Jersey. There, he attended Mater Dei High School.
Reportedly, while in high school, Williams worked as a volunteer firefighter.
Never Graduated But Received Many Honorary Degrees
Brian enrolled at Brookdale Community College & later transferred to The Catholic University of America and then went to George Washington University.
However, he never graduated from college.
As for a fact, with his success in journalism, Williams received 6 doctorate degrees:
|George Washington University in District of Columbia||2012||Doctor of Humane Letters|
|Fordham University in New York||May 21, 2011|
|The University of Notre Dame in Indiana||May 16, 2010||Doctor of Laws|
|Ohio State University in Ohio||June 8, 2008||Doctor of Journalism|
|Bates College in Maine||May 30, 2005||Doctor of Humane Letters|
|The Catholic University of America in District of Columbia||May 15, 2004|
Did you know? In 2013, Brian Williams was the commencement speaker for Elon University for the graduating class, which included his son Douglas.