Does Brian Williams Have A Son or Daughter & Who Are His Wife and Family Members?

Age/Date of Birth:
May 5, 1959
Net Worth:$40 million
Wife or Girlfriend:Jane Gillan Stoddard
Parents:Gordon L. Williams and Dorothy May

As an American journalist, Brian Williams is best known as the former anchor of NBC flagship evening news program “NBC Nightly News”.

After he was fired from NBC following his “misremembering” of events on his coverage of Iraq War 2003, he now works for MSNBC, an NBC sister channel as the chief anchor and managing editor of the breaking news coverage.

Meet Brian Williams’ Family: Wife, Daughter, and Son

Wife, Jane Stoddard Williams

  • Date of Birth: Presumed to be in the early 1960s
  • Occupation: Journalist, Broadcaster
  • Spouse: Brian Williams (since 1986)
  • No of Children: 2

Jane Stoddard Williams with her husband and daughter

Brian Williams’ wife, Jane Stoddard Williams, is the daughter of Hudson Gillan Stoddard and Patricia Stoddard. Her father was a vice president of Channel 13 while her mother served as the director of Champion International Corporation. She attended Duke University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in political sciences.

Just like her husband, Jane is a journalist and a broadcaster. She is very passionate about education and as a result, serves as the host of a weekly radio program called Bloomberg EDU. She also works as a freelance producer for Panorama.

It is not exactly clear how Jane and Brian first met but it is important to point out that the MSNBC anchor had in 1985 worked as a Panorama host. A year later, on 7 June 1986, he married Jane at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, Connecticut, where the couple resides today in a $2 million mansion. The 3,448 square feet colonial-style home sits on 2.5 acres of land and includes 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a pool.

His Daughter: Allison Williams

  • Date of Birth: April 13, 1988
  • Occupation: Actress, Singer
  • Spouse: Ricky Van Veen ​(married in 2015 and divorced 2019)
  • No of Children: 0

Brian Williams’ first child with his wife Jane is daughter Allison Howell Williams. She was born two years after their wedding on April 13, 1988, and was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. Allison attended New Canaan Country School and Greenwich Academy before enrolling at Yale University where she majored in English, graduating in 2010.

While at Yale, Allison was a member of the St. Elmo secret society and the improv comedy troupe, Just Add Water. As a member of the troupe, she got to act in the YouTube series called College Musical. After leaving school, the young girl got her big break when she landed a part in the HBO series, Girls. She has since had headling roles in films and series like Get Out (2017) and A Series of Unfortunate Events (2018-2019).

In 2019, Allison Williams and her husband of four years, Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of the internet comedy company CollegeHumor, announced their separation. The pair had begun dating in 2011. They announced their engagement in 2014 and tied the knot a year later in September 2015 at a private ceremony officiated by actor Tom Hanks in Saratoga, Wyoming.

His Son: Douglas Williams

  • Date of Birth: Unavailable
  • Occupation: Journalist

Brian Williams

Unlike his father Brian and his sister Allison, Douglas Williams has a relatively small public following. This is despite the fact that he also appears on TV as the host of a nightly highlight show called Geico SportsNite on the New York sports channel.

Like his sister, who is about three years older than him, Doug was born and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. He had hoped to have a professional sports career but when that did not pan out, he focused his attention on becoming a sports broadcaster, attending Elon University in North Carolina to polish his skills in front of the camera.

An Inside Look at The Early Days of Brian Williams Life

Brian Douglas Williams was born on May 5, 1959, in Ridgewood, New Jersey into a staunch Roman Catholic family. For the early 9 years of his life, he grew up in Elmira, New York, and later Middletown, New Jersey.

Williams attended New Monmouth Roman Catholic High School, Mater Dei High School during which he served as an Editor for the school’s newspaper and also volunteered as a firefighter at Middletown Township Fire Department. He attended college at Brookdale Community College but was later transferred to The Catholic University of America and again, to The George Washington University. However, Williams never graduated from college as he opted to enter the workforce – a decision he has since openly declared he regrets.

After dropping out of college, Williams became an intern in the White House. This was during President Jimmy Carter’s administration.

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His Career Breakthrough, Salary, and Net Worth

Brian Williams Net Worth

Brian Williams’ first job as a journalist came in 1981 at Pittsburg, Kansas station KOAM-TV. In 1982 he worked for Washington’s WTTG. After working for Philadelphia’s WCAU, he began working for New York’s WCBS in 1987. At WCBS, he won his first-ever Emmy Award for his outstanding reporting on the stock market collapse. After another 6 years of outstanding reporting, Williams got his breakthrough in 1993 when he landed a job at NBC.

His early role at NBC was as anchor of the national Weekend Nightly News and as White House Correspondent. Three years later (in 1996), he got promoted to serve as anchor and managing editor for both CNBC and MSNBC program “The News with Brian Williams”. For his role, Williams received a salary of $8 million. Fast forward to 2004, Williams’ career got another breakthrough as he succeeded Tom Brokaw to sit at the helm of NBC’s flagship program “Nightly News”. His salary surged to $10 million by 2006, and $13 million by 2014.

Some of the outstanding moments of his career with NBC was his coverage of The Hurricane Katrina which received huge raves from critics accompanied with a variety of awards for him as a reporter and for the Network; thus, increasing its ratings and credibility. Under Williams’ tutelage, News Nightly became the highest-rated news program beating the ABC and CBS main rivals. This is according to Nielsen ratings.

Brian Williams

Williams is also an acclaimed political journalist who has moderated 8 presidential debates. He has received 12 News & Documentary Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody award and an honorary award from Ohio State University. It is believed that the value of the man’s wealth is currently at $40 million.

Scandal and Comeback

The credibility and integrity Williams had built for himself over the years as a journalist was thrown into jeopardy in February 2015, after it was revealed that he had made false statements about his reporting on the 2003 Iraq War. Williams first spoke of the experience on Dateline NBC and later on David Letterman‘s show and an Alec Baldwin-hosted podcast.

The Emmy winning broadcaster stated that a helicopter he was in alongside US soldiers was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and forced to make an emergency landing. However, in 2015, a US soldier revealed that though they were forced to make a landing, Williams was not in the particular helicopter that was hit but in another following behind. It was revealed that Williams had made contradictory statements over the years about the incidence like in 2007 when he stated that he “looked down the tube of the RPG” that was fired at them.

Brian Williams

Crews of the helicopter disputed this saying that the target helicopter was 30 minutes away from the one that carried Williams. In 2015, another crew member revealed that Williams’ helicopter did sustain fires but was from small arms fired rather than an RPG. Williams later apologized for misrepresenting the events. The revelation led to a tongue-lashing on social media causing NBC ratings to plunge by 16%.

Williams was suspended for 6 months without pay in February 2015, despite having just signed a multi-year multi-million contract months before to continue at the helm of the show. He was later fired and replaced with Lester Holt.

Brian Williams returned to MSNBC as its Breaking News Chief Anchor in September 2015 and in January 2016, he became the Chief Elections Anchor for MSNBC. Williams debuted his new nightly and political-focused program entitled The 11th Hour with Brian Williams on September 6th, 2016. He looks towards regaining the reputation he lost via the program. If ratings are anywhere near his previous NBC Nightly News, he could ink another multi-million contract. Good luck to him.

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Profile Summary 
First Name:Brian Williams
Last Name:Brian Williams
Also Known As:
Not available
Famous For:Serving as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for ten years
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Brookdale Community College, The Catholic University of America and George Washington University
Educational Qualifications:
Dropped out
Not available
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
May 5, 1959
Zodiac Sign:Taurus
Birth Place:
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Country of Residence:
Physical Attributes
Eye Colour:
Light brown
Hair Color:
Dark Brown
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Jane Gillan Stoddard
Family and Relatives
Gordon L. Williams
Mother:Dorothy May
Allison Williams and Douglas Williams
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$40 million
Salary:Over 13 million dollars
Source of Wealth:
Journalism career

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