Brian Williams Gave Tour of NBC Office Shortly Before Scandal Broke (Photos)
The anchor showed off mementos from his 10 years as 'Nightly News' anchor.
This story first appeared on Adweek.com.
Brian Williams is currently embroiled in a controversy after recanting the story he'd told multiple times over the years about his helicopter coming under RPG fire during a 2003 visit to Iraq. Shortly before the news broke, he gave The Hollywood Reporter sister publication Adweek a tour of his 30 Rock office, which includes mementos from his 10 years as Nightly News anchor. Below is the original story, published by Adweek the day before the scandal broke.
If you've ever seen his nightly broadcast, then you know Brian Williams is thoughtful. But nowhere is this fact more evident than inside his office at 30 Rock where, on any given weekday, he can be found writing copy for the evening's broadcast. And on the 10th anniversary of Williams hosting NBC Nightly News, we took a peek inside the space where the newscaster keeps some of his most meaningful mementos collected over the years.
"When you're dealing with a landmark building constructed during the Depression era, office space is precious," he said. "It's not large, but it's the perfect bunker-like respite. The one thing I cannot escape in there is the clock: Every second from about 4:30 to 6:30 I can feel in my chest. It's deadline pressure. As we like to say, NBC Nightly News doesn't air each night because it's ready—it airs because it's time to do it."
For five years, Williams wore the helmet as a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey.
The middle shelf displays a Sharpie drawing by Muhammad Ali (l.) and Martin Luther King Jr.'s autograph believed to date back to 1967.
Many items with personal meaning are displayed, including a Peabody Award and numerous fire helmets.
Williams' childhood baseball idol, Hank Aaron, gave the newscaster a signed ball at a 2006 dinner in New York.
Piece of History
This B-24 control panel from an American WWII aircraft was recovered in a field in Great Britain. "What I wouldn't give to meet the men who operated that panel and went up to the skies each day to fight in the titanic struggle for the future of the world," said Williams.
Kristen Wiig used the doll hands as part of an SNL skit on NBC.
Williams is a big Nascar fan: This helmet was signed in 1995 by Dale Earnhardt.
A signed photo of the Apollo astronauts is especially meaningful to Williams, a fan of space exploration.
A fellow New Jersey native and friend of Williams, Bruce Springsteen took this photo of Tillie, the Asbury Park mascot.