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    • Brian has been tapped to temporarily host MSNBC's Meet the Press, filling the spot left behind when host Tim Russert passed away in June of 2008.

    • Brian won his very first Emmy for his reporting during the stock market collapse.

    • Brian went to Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, New Jersey.

    • Brian married Jane Stoddard in 1986. They have two children together: a son and a daughter.

    • Brian took off work on May 25th, 2006 to go to his daughter Allison's high school graduation. Campbell Brown sat in for him at the newsdesk that night.

    • Brian's sister, Mary Jane Esser, died on February 27, 2006. When he heard the news of her death that day, Brian cancelled his scheduled coverage of Mardi Gras.

    • Brian's brother, David, died of liver failure in 2001.

    • Brian was hand-picked by Tom Brokaw to take over NBC Nightly News after Brokaw's retirement.

    • Brian is a very big Dale Earnhardt fan, and for years drove a car with an Earnhardt sticker on the back.

    • Brian was the honored guest at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Fall Gala in 2005.

    • Known for his quick wit, Williams is a frequent guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brian and The Late Show with David Letterman.

    • GQ magazine has called him "the most interesting man in television today," and in 2001 named him "Man of the Year." The National Father's Day Committee named him "Father of the Year" in 1996.

    • USA Today named him "Best Anchor" of the marathon 2000 Presidential election night coverage.

    • Williams was the anchor and managing editor of the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News for six years before becoming anchor of the weekday edition.

    • From 1996 to January 2004, he was anchor and managing editor of The News with Brian Williams, a live, hour-long nightly newscast on MSNBC and then on CNBC.

    • Brian Williams succeeded Tom Brokaw to become the seventh anchor and managing editor in the distinguished history of NBC Nightly News on December 2, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Brian has said that he listens to the Rush Limbaugh show. Brian: I do listen to Rush. I listen to it from a radio in my office, or depending on my day, if I'm in the car, I will listen to Rush. And he will tell you I've been listening for years. I think it's my duty to listen to Rush. I think Rush has actually yet to get the credit he is due, because his audience for so many years felt they were in the wilderness of this country. No one was talking to them.

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