Herbert S. Schlosser, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Museum of the Moving Image, announced today that BrIan Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, and Kenneth W. Lowe, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., will be honored at the Museum's annual black-tie benefit on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at The St. Regis Hotel. Each spring, the Museum holds this event, recognizing two leaders in the media industry.
BrIan Williams is seen by more U.S. television news viewers on a daily basis than any other American. He has become the most highly decorated evening news anchor of the modern era, and NBC Nightly News is the most-watched newscast in all of television. Williams's coverage of world events has earned him high praise and several citations for journalistic excellence, many of which were awarded for his work covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The New York Times said his reporting of Katrina was "a defining moment," and Vanity Fair later called his work "Murrow-worthy" and reported that during the crisis he became "a nation's anchor."
Williams joined NBC News in 1993 after several years working at local stations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. A few years later, he became NBC's chief White House correspondent and then anchor and managing editor of The News with BrIan Williams on MSNBC and CNBC. In 2004, he took over as anchor of NBC Nightly News, the nation's top-rated nightly news program, a distinction it has maintained throughout Williams's tenure in the anchor chair. Two years later, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
"In his nearly thirty years as a broadcast journalist, Brian has covered the most important news of our time and at the highest level of excellence," said Mr. Schlosser. "We are pleased to be honoring such a talented and deserving journalist who has been among the most trusted figures during periods of national crisis. His charm, intelligence, and popularity are evident from his appearances on Saturday Night Live and with Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, and Jon Stewart."