Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
Okay, here's the truth: If I hadn't been reminded that today marked my 5th anniversary in the job, I would have worked right through it and gone home for dinner tonight. I'm not big on anniversaries (except for Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination and 9-11) so it wouldn't have occurred to me...but we had a lovely celebration here today, I got to thank the people I work with (and work for), and I was asked to write something for the web on this topic. I think the following best sums up my feelings:
Here in my office in New York, I keep a number of reminders of my upbringing and early life on the Jersey Shore—they are necessary leveling devices, because my life has far surpassed my wildest dreams. I have been blessed with a wonderful family at home—and a wonderful NBC News family at work. Most weeks I spend far more time with the latter. Whatever success we have enjoyed over these five years is thanks to the people I work with...and for. It's thanks as well to the fact that I took this baton from a pillar of class and decency, Tom Brokaw—who anchored this broadcast with distinction for 23 years. I believe I've forged a rather personal relationship with our viewers, and I will continue to endeavor every day not to disappoint them.
I was feeling pretty good about everything today...and then I made the mistake (and violated my own long-held rule) and read just one of the comments (from someone named "Yellowbird") posted to an internet article about the anniversary today. It reads:
"I can't STAND Brian Williams. He is so narrow-minded.
I refuse to watch NBC TV anymore until he is GONE."
So...there you have it. Remind me to ask members of my family not to post comments anymore. Overall, this has been a great day...and tonight I get to introduce Alicia Keys prior to the tree lighting behind our building.
We hope you can join us tonight.