The New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) has selected NBC News Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams as its 2011 Broadcaster of the Year.
Williams will accept the honor on June 27th during the Tony Malara Awards Dinner, which will serve as the opening event of the NYSBA’s two-day Executive Conference at the Sagamore Resort Hotel on Lake George.
“Brian Williams isn’t just a face and voice reporting the news. He is an example of how to be a true news reporter — get in there, get dirty, get the facts and tell the stories that matter. His work in the field and behind the anchor desk is top-notch and that’s why we chose him as broadcaster of the year,” said NYSBA President Joe Reilly.
Williams, who joins other notable award winners, including Charles Gibson (2010), Barbara Walters (2007), Peter Jennings (2005), Dan Rather (2004) and Tim Russert (1999), is only the seventh anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. Earlier in his career, Williams served as NBC News’ chief white house correspondent and also is a former anchor and managing editor of MSNBC and CNBC’s, “The News with Brian Williams.”
This is not the first award for Williams, either. He already has 11 Edward R. Murrow awards, 12 Emmy Awards, and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2006, he garnered the George Foster Peabody Award, the industry’s highest honor, for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.