Brian Williams is an American journalist who now hosts NBC’s weeknight program The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. He was the former chief anchor at NBC and also worked as a reporter. From a busboy at Perkins Pancake House to NBC Chief anchor, Williams rose from humble beginnings to climb the pinnacle of success. In 2007, he was even listed in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He also received 12 Emmy Awards during his time as the editor of Nightly News.
Last Tuesday, Williams announced his departure from the channel NBC thus ending his 28 years long service. His contract with the company is expiring by the end of this year. He commented that a chapter in his life has ended, and it’s time for another one. Brian Williams was one of the most trusted anchors of America. Serving under almost seven Presidential eras, this man has seen America go through many events. He recalled all his friends, colleagues, and his former bosses who made an impact in his life and remarked that they made him the person he is today. Williams also expressed his gratitude for the company, and the trust company had in him. With the legend journalist signing off from his field, let us take a closer look at his life and earnings.
Brian Williams Net Worth
The 11th-hour host Brian Williams is estimated to have a net worth of $ 50 million. In his 40 years as a journalist, Brian has worked under many news stations, including MSNBC and CNBC. He also served as a chief anchor at MSNBC. Later, even though he was demoted to host, he served several years under this company. This is the chief contributing factor to his net worth. He also was awarded 12 Emmys for his documentaries, and he received a Peabody award representing the channel for the coverage of Hurricane Katrina. His annual salary is almost around $ 6 million. In 2017, it was reported that Brian Williams had a net worth of $ 35 million. This gradually increased to $ 50 million in the year 2021.
Career And Awards
In 1981, Williams started working in KOAM-TV, a channel based in Kansas. He then worked with Channel 2, channel 5, and channel ten before finally joining MSNBC and CNBC in 1996. He first served the channel in the position of an anchor. In 2004, he replaced Terry Brokaw and became the anchor of NBC Nightly News. For the coverage of the news regarding Hurricane Katrina, the network received a Peabody Award and a George Polk Award. Williams received the award on behalf of the channel. This was recognized as a career-defining moment for Williams, and through this, he escalated the trust and credibility of the channel.
But in 2015, he was suspended and later demoted due to the controversy regarding misrepresentation of the Iraq war. His claim about a helicopter being hit by an RPG was criticized. The helicopter landed due to the sandstorm. It had nothing to do with the attack. Hence he was blamed for fabricating the story and was removed from the program. Williams later apologized for the incident. However, in September 2015, he returned to the chief anchor position. Currently, Williams has been hosting NBC’s weeknight program, The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.
Brian Douglas Williams was born on May 5, 1959. He is 62 years old. Williams married Jane Gillan Stoddard on June 7, 1989. They have two children. The eldest, Allison, is an actress, and the son Doug, is a news anchor. On 9th November 2021, he announced that his contract with the channel is expiring this year, and hence he is departing. There have been rumors that NBC tried to renew the contract, but Brian insisted on leaving. He commented that it’d been a long journey, and he wished to start a new chapter. He recalled his former colleagues, bosses, and friends and also expressed his gratitude for the channel. Williams said that as of now, he doesn’t have any plan and wishes to spend the rest of his time with his family.