Brian Williams-Net Worth, Professional Life, Wife, NBC News, Age, Height

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.

NBC journalist Brian Williams works for the network since 1993; he has $40 million net worth in 2020
NBC journalist Brian Williams works for the network since 1993; he has $40 million net worth in 2020

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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.

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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.

Weekend anchor-turned-anchor for NBC Nightly News, Williams earned $8 million in 2007 that rose up to $10 million in 2014
Weekend anchor-turned-anchor for NBC Nightly News, Williams earned $8 million in 2007 that rose up to $10 million in 2014

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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.

After misrepresenting his helicopter incident experience during 2003 Iraq war, Brian was suspended for 6 months without pay from NBC in 2015 & demoted to MSNBC
After misrepresenting his helicopter incident experience during the 2003 Iraq war, Brian was suspended for 6 months, without pay, from NBC in 2015 & demoted to MSNBC

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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.

Year Career
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.

Aerial view of Brian William's house in New Canaan, Connecticut
Aerial view of Brian William’s house in New Canaan, Connecticut

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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.

Brian Williams and his wife Jane Stoddard Williams
Brian Williams and his wife Jane Stoddard Williams

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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:

School Date Degree
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.

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