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Nightly News Looks Back: The First 10 Years With Brian Williams

In honor of Brian Williams’ 10-year anniversary at the helm of NBC Nightly News, here’s a look back at a few of the many stories he’s covered and some of our favorite moments.

The First Broadcast

Brian Williams took the reins as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News on Dec. 2, 2004, and he set the bar high on his first night in the chair.

#BW10: Brian Williams' First Broadcast 1:43

Hurricane Katrina

Brian Williams’ first year at the anchor desk was marked by two disasters: the South Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Williams reported from inside the Superdome in New Orleans during Katrina, where he witnessed those first days and, later, the descent into chaos, from the front lines.

New Hampshire, Our Apologies

Brian Williams offered a mea culpa after the state of New Hampshire disappeared off a map featured in a Nightly News report. “New Hampshire was lost by our graphics department, it has since been found, and put back,” Williams said, apologizing to the state and its people.

Fire Alarm

The show must go on. At least that’s what happened in 2011, when a fire alarm sounded in the NBC studio throughout the broadcast. Williams took it in stride and pushed on without missing a beat, as only he could.

#BW10: Brian Williams Stays Cool During Fire Alarm 1:02