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Biofile with Brian Williams

Published by on November 28, 2012 filed under BioFiles   ·   Comments (0)
Biofile with Brian Williams  | read this item
Status: Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News.
DOB: May 5, 1959  In: Ridgewood, N.J.
Childhood Heroes:  “Henry Aaron, Walter Cronkite, Lyndon B. Johnson, my father and mother.”
Hobbies/Interests:  “NASCAR. I love driving stock cars.”
Favorite Movies:  “The Thomas Crown Affair – the original version. The American President. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II.”
Musical Tastes:  “I’m all over the place…Sinatra to Springsteen, James Taylor to REM, Leonard Cohen to Creedence Clearwater Revival.”
Childhood Dream:  “I’m doing it.”
Favorite Meal:  “Texas-style barbecue. Or any barbecue, for that matter.”
First Job:  “Selling Christmas trees out of a trailer at nights in Red Bank, N.J.”
First Car:  “1967 Ford Galaxy, which cost me $500.”
Early Career Memory:  “My first broadcast job. Doing weather and sports in the same broadcast, separated by one commercial break, every weekend, for one year. At KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas.”
Greatest Career Moment:  “Being in Berlin for the destruction of the Wall. (Williams won an Emmy Award for his coverage of the historic event for WCBS-TV New York in 1989).”
Most Painful Career Moment:  “Watching people die. And also moments that happen to be huge news stories – 9/11, TWA Flight 800, Diana and JFK Jr.”
Funny Career Memory:  “I remember a freezing-cold night on live television in Brooklyn, New York, I mispronounced the phrase ‘city-run shelters’ – with disastrous results [smiles].”
Pre-Work Feeling/Attitude:  “Anti-climactic. My day’s work is 90% writing and editing what I deliver on the air.”
Last Halloween Costume:  “A fireman. I still have my gear from a three-year stint as a volunteer firefighter in Middletown, N.J.”
People Qualities Most Admired:  “Plain-speaking, risk-taking people of principle and ethics.”
Family: Wife, Jane, Son, Douglas, Daughter, Allison.
Residence:  New Canaan, Connecticut.
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