• Monmouth University’s Department of Communication and Communication Council Presented:

    "An Evening With Brian Williams and Friends"


    On Thursday, September 23, 2010, we celebrated the career and accomplishments of Brian Williams, Emmy & Peabody Award-winning anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News.

    A VIP reception was held in the Varsity Club and was attended by some of the area’s most recognizable names in broadcast news, including:

    Anne Thompson and   Dr. Nancy Snyderman

    of NBC Nightly News;

    Brenda Blackmon

    of WWOR’s My9 News;

    and Brian Thompson

    of WNBC’s News 4 New York.

    The formal program began at 7:30 p.m. with a journalists’ roundtable, and featured an entertaining exchange on the exciting world of TV journalism with newscasters and friends of Brian’s from the news industry.

    The event concluded with a presentation by Brian Williams, formerly of Middletown, NJ, and the awarding of the 2010 Monmouth Award for Communication Excellence (MACE).

    Brian Williams

    Brian Williams is only the seventh anchor and managing editor in the history of NBC Nightly News. In his first four years on the job, he became the most highly decorated network evening news anchor of the modern era. He has received six Edward R. Murrow Awards, ten Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia University Award, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the industry’s highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. Many were awarded for his work in New Orleans while covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The New York Times said his reporting of Katrina was "a defining moment,” and Vanity Fair magazine later called his work "Murrow-worthy" and reported that during the crisis he became “a nation’s anchor.” In 2006, Time magazine named Brian Williams one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    Williams is a former NBC News chief White House correspondent, and former anchor and managing editor of The News With Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC. He has traveled the world extensively, including two years covering the President on board Air Force One. He has covered numerous nominating conventions and presidential campaigns and elections, and has moderated seven presidential debates. He was the first NBC News correspondent to reach Baghdad during the 2003 war in Iraq, and was part of a U.S. Army helicopter mission that was forced down by enemy fire south of Najaf. He nonetheless has returned to Iraq several times, in addition to recent travels to Afghanistan and Iran.

    He is a native of Middletown, New Jersey, where he spent many years as a volunteer firefighter, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He attended Catholic University and George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C. He is a former White House intern, and has been awarded seven honorary degrees.

    Williams is a frequent guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has often appeared with David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Conan O’Brien. He has written for The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. After hosting Saturday Night Live in November 2007, Entertainment Weekly said his name belongs alongside SNL’s all-time greats. He is married to Jane Stoddard Williams, and the couple has a daughter and son, both in college. Brian Williams was named "Father of the Year" in 1996 by the National Father's Day Committee.

    About the Award

    The Monmouth University Award for Communication Excellence (MACE) was created in 2004 to honor individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions in the field of communications.

    Previous honorees have included:

    • Jim Nantz, award-winning CBS Sports commentator
    • Myron Kandel, founding financial editor of CNN
    • Jules L. Plangere, Jr., former publisher of the Asbury Park Press and partner in Press Communications, LLC
    • Helen Thomas, former senior White House correspondent