Brian Williams

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In his one-hour-and-fifteen-minute interview, Brian Williams describes his early home life, including writing a letter to President Lyndon Johnson at age eight, and receiving a reply. He chronicles his time as a White House intern during the Carter Administration and developing his burgeoning interest in politics and news. He recalls his many years in local news, culminating in a job reporting for WCBS in New York City, where he was first noticed by Tom Brokaw. Williams then discusses his transition to a national platform when he was hired by NBC News, first as a national correspondent, later as the White House correspondent, and eventually as an anchor for the newly formed MSNBC cable channel. He speaks of the coverage of 9/11, and talks of succeeding Tom Brokaw as the anchor of NBC Nightly News. He outlines his philosophy on anchoring and explains the ways he keeps in touch with his audience through email and social media. Finally, he describes his hosting experience on Saturday Night Live. Karen Herman conducted the interview on June 14, 2011 in New York, NY.

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"I can usually figure out how a story's going to break, how it's going to play across this country, what the rock-ribbed American reaction is going to be, and how people will view the story differently in SoHo. It's just about knowing your country, and I have a point of pride on that."

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Brian Williams on writing a letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson at age eight
03:06
Brian Williams on his time as White House Correspondent for NBC Nightly News and getting the contract to be anchor
04:31
Brian Williams on the creation of MSNBC and covering 9/11
05:53
Brian Williams on his early broadcasting style
03:14
Brian Williams on hosting Saturday Night Live
04:20
Brian Williams on his time at WCBS in New York moving over to NBC
03:51
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Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his on-camera abilities; on writing a letter to President Johnson at age eight
On his time as a White House intern during the Carter Administration; on getting into broadcasting; on working in local news
On his early broadcasting style; on his time at WCBS in New York; on meeting Tom Brokaw and being hired by NBC News
On being the NBC White House Correspondent during the Clinton administration; on the creation of MSNBC and covering 9/11

Chapter 2

On anchoring NBC Nightly News; on staying in touch with his audience
On hosting Saturday Night Live; on his talent and career
Shows

NBC News

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Brian Williams on becoming a correspondent on NBC Nightly News and working with Tom Brokaw
04:03
Brian Williams on his first stories on NBC Nightly News and the then-current state of network news
03:19
Brian Williams on anchoring NBC Nighty News Saturday
03:42
Brian Williams on "crossing the line" and dealing with internet criticisms; on keeping in touch with his audience
04:26

NBC Nightly News

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Brian Williams on his time as White House Correspondent for NBC Nightly News and getting the contract to be anchor
04:31
Brian Williams on becoming anchor of NBC Nightly News and his philosophy on anchoring
05:38

Saturday Night Live

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Brian Williams on hosting Saturday Night Live
04:20
Topics

9/11

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Brian Williams on the creation of MSNBC and covering 9/11
05:53

Bill Clinton

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Brian Williams on his time as White House correspondent for NBC Nightly News and getting the contract to be anchor
04:31

Jimmy Carter

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Brian Williams on his time as a White House intern and getting into broadcasting
07:56

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Brian Williams on writing a letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson at age eight
03:06

Network Creation

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Brian Williams on the creation of MSNBC and covering 9/11
05:53

Television Industry

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Brian Williams on the creation of MSNBC and covering 9/11
05:53

Television and the Presidency

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Brian Williams on writing a letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson at age eight
03:06
Brian Williams on his time as a White House intern and getting into broadcasting
07:56
Brian Williams on his time as White House correspondent for NBC Nightly News and getting the contract to be anchor
04:31

Vietnam War

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Brian Williams on writing a letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson at age eight
03:06

War

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Brian Williams on writing a letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson at age eight
03:06
Professions

Anchor

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Brian Williams on his early broadcasting style
03:14
Brian Williams on becoming anchor of NBC Nightly News and his philosophy on anchoring
05:37

Journalists & News Producers

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Brian Williams on his early broadcasting style
03:14
Brian Williams on becoming anchor of NBC Nightly News and his philosophy on anchoring
05:37
Genres

Late Night

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Brian Williams on hosting Saturday Night Live
06:27

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Brian Williams on hosting Saturday Night Live
06:27

News and Documentary

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Brian Williams on being a correspondent on NBC Nightly News and an anchor on MSNBC
26:08
Brian Williams on anchoring NBC Nightly News
10:03
People

Tom Brokaw

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Brian Williams on his time at WCBS in New York moving over to NBC
03:51
Brian Williams on becoming a correspondent on NBC Nightly News and working with Tom Brokaw
04:03

Chevy Chase

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Brian Williams on hosting Saturday Night Live
04:20

Walter Cronkite

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Brian Williams on his affinity for Walter Cronkite and Johnny Carson
02:09

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Brian Williams on writing a letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson at age eight
03:06

Lorne Michaels

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Brian Williams on hosting Saturday Night Live
04:20

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