West Long Branch, NJ  - “An Evening with Brian Williams & Friends,” celebrating the career and accomplishments of Brian Williams, Emmy & Peabody Award-winning anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News, is set for Thursday, September 23, 2010.  The event will be held in Monmouth University’s Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), located in the center of campus. The presenting sponsor is the Asbury Park Press; additional sponsors include Breeze Radio, Gem of An Idea, Marilyn & Ken Rocky, James P. Hickey, Jr. & Marcia Sue Clever, MD.

mu_brian_williamsBrian Williams to speak at Monmouth U on Sept. 23

Tickets for the VIP reception and presentation are $75. Tickets for the presentation only are $25.  All proceeds benefit the Monmouth University Department of Communication and its students.

A VIP reception will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the Varsity Club.  Scheduled to attend the reception and participate in a journalist roundtable are some of the most recognizable names in broadcast news, including Anne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC Nightly News, Brenda Blackmon, anchor of WWOR’s My9 News, and Brian Thompson of NBC’s News 4 New York .   The reception will feature complimentary beer and wine and an array of hot and cold foods – plus a live broadcast of NBC Nightly News on the arena’s jumbo screen.


The formal program begins at 7:30 pm with a journalists’ roundtable, featuring an entertaining exchange on the exciting world of TV journalism, with newscasters and friends of Brian’s from the news industry.

The event will conclude with a presentation by Brian Williams,formerly of Middletown, NJ, and the awarding of the 2010 Monmouth Award for Communication Excellence (MACE).

The MACE is given to individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions in the field of communications.  Previous honorees have included CBS sports commentator Jim Nantz; founding financial editor of CNN Myron Kandel, newspaper publisher Jules L. Plangere, Jr.; and former White House correspondent Helen Thomas

For more information on the program, go to www.monmouth.edu/mace or contact the Office of Special Events at 732-571-3509.

About Brian Williams

Brian Williams is one of the nation's foremost television journalists, covering virtually every major breaking news event and traveling extensively around the world.

In 2004, Williams was named anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News and in his first four years on the job he became the most highly decorated network evening news anchor of the modern era. He has received six Edward R. Murrow Awards, ten Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia University Award, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and broadcastings highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. In 2006, TIME Magazine named Brian Williams one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Brian Williams grew up in Middletown, NJ.  He attended Mater Dei High School, earning tuition money working at the Perkin’s Pancake House and Sears on Rt. 35 in Middletown.  He attended Brookdale Community College and spent several years as a volunteer firefighter with Middletown’s Old Village Fire Company 1340.