WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ  - Monmouth University recently held a special event “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, at Monmouth’s Multipurpose Activity Center.

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At the event, Brian Williams, formerly of Middletown, NJ, was presented with 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 White House correspondent Helen Thomas; newspaper publisher Jules L. Plangere, Jr.; Myron Kandel, founding financial editor of CNN; and CBS sports commentator Jim Nantz.