August 10, 2006
NEW YORK -- Diane Sawyer had an 80 percent "favorable" rating. Star Jones Reynolds, meanwhile, had one of the lowest ratings. Sawyer is America's favorite news or talk personality, according to a Gallup Poll released Tuesday. Eighty percent of the respondents rated Sawyer "favorable," while only 11 percent labeled her "unfavorable." Sawyer's tally puts her ahead of her colleague and former Good Morning America co-host Charlie Gibson, who slides in at No. 2, followed by NBC's Matt Lauer and Dan Rather (who doesn't even have a job in network news anymore)
November 21, 2011
Since others like Mediaite and Eric Wemple in the Washington Post have commented on my denunciation of NBC News on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday for hiring the woefully unqualified Chelsea Clinton as a special correspondent, I guess I better explain how I really feel. I was only warming up in denouncing this inside job among the elite one-percenters when I said: "At a time when young people who have played by the rules, who have gone to college, who have worked hard are camping out in American cities because the system has failed them in terms of providing jobs, to then take another member of that elite - the 1 percent - and give them one of those jobs is really a dispiriting message to the people in this country...
March 22, 1991
FROM THE WEST* TOUGH TO PLEASE: Listen to Nevada-Las Vegas and you'd never believe it is 33-0 and riding a 17-point win into tomorrow's West Regional final. "We just haven't had great chemistry on defense," guard Greg Anthony said. "We're just a very average team now." Average?* TALL TALE: Arizona had Brian Williams (6-10), center Sean Rooks (6-11) and off the bench, center Ed Stokes (7-0). Seton Hall responded with 6-10 Anthony Avent and, uh . . . Anthony Avent.Guess what? The Pirates matched Arizona in rebounds, Avent neutralized the Wildcats' front line and it is Seton Hall who today stands tall heading into the West final.
December 3, 2004
No anchorman in the history of American television has ever been as groomed and prepped as Brian Williams was to take over NBC Nightly News from Tom Brokaw last night. The transition was announced 2 1/2 years ago, and for the past 10 years Williams has been sitting in at the Rockefeller Center anchor desk in New York any time Brokaw needed to be away from it. "One of the things we're very proud of is that we've planned for a long time to make this a very smooth, seamless transition," Neal Shapiro, president of NBC News, said this week.
December 11, 2004
Onscreen, the transition at NBC News from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams has been a great success, with favorable reviews and strong ratings. But just one week into his new job as anchorman and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Williams is under fire for a statement he made that groups that represent minority journalists say minimizes the need for newsroom diversity. The National Association of Black Journalists, saying it is "dismayed" by Williams' remarks, is scheduled to meet today in New York with NBC News President Neal Shapiro and other network officials to discuss the matter, according to leaders of the organization.
November 6, 2000
Ralph Williams, 80, World War II submariner Ralph Lander Williams, who served aboard submarines in the Pacific during World War II and later worked at a Baltimore printing company, died Friday of an aneurysm at Northwest Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 80. Known to friends as "Buck," Mr. Williams grew up in York, Pa., and volunteered to go to Pearl Harbor as a civil defense worker three months after the Japanese attack on the Navy base there in 1941. Twenty-one months later, he enlisted in the Navy and joined the submarine fleet as a diesel engine mechanic.
January 1, 1992
BaseballNew York Yankees -- Named Daniel McCarthy general partner.Pittsburgh Pirates -- Agreed with P Bob Walk (9-2, 3.60 ERA) to a two-year contract worth approximately $3 million.BasketballNBA -- Fined Indiana Pacers F Chuck Person $7,500 for elbowing Chicago Bulls G John Paxson. Fined F Scott Williams, F Stacey King, C Cliff Levingston, C Will Perdue, G Bobby Hansen, G B.J. Armstrong and F Craig Hodges of Chicago and G George McCloud, C Greg Dreiling, F LaSalle Thompson, F Dale Davis and F Kenny Williams of Indiana $500 each for leaving their benches.
October 18, 1999
Dallas (3-1) at N.Y. Giants (2-3)Time: 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7Line: Cowboys by 3.Vs. spread: Cowboys 3-1; Giants 2-3.Last week: Cowboys lost to Eagles, 13-10. Giants lost to Cardinals, 14-3.Series: Cowboys lead 46-25-2.Last meeting: Cowboys won, 16-6, on Nov. 8, 1998, at Dallas.Outlook: When these two teams met in a Monday night game last season, the Cowboys' Deion Sanders taught the Giants a prime-time lesson they'll never forget. Sanders returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown, had a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown and set up a touchdown with a 55-yard catch.
November 19, 1991
Magic signs ex-Terp Brian WilliamsFirst-round NBA draft pick Brian Williams, the 10th selection overall, signed a multiyear contract with the Orlando Magic yesterday.Williams, a 6-foot-11 power forward who transferred from Maryland to Arizona after the 1987-88 season, will be in uniform against the Utah Jazz tomorrow night. The contract is believed to be the same four-year, $4.6 million offer Orlando made during preseason.Williams' signing and that of the Indiana Pacers' Dale Davis yesterday leaves only Luc Longley of the Minnesota Timberwolves unsigned among first-rounders.
December 13, 2004
After meeting with NBC News President Neal Shapiro to discuss concerns about anchorman Brian Williams and the newsroom's attitude toward diversity, the National Association of Black Journalists yesterday issued a statement expressing confidence in the network. "We are confident that from Neal Shapiro to Brian Williams on down, that having a diverse newsroom is a priority at NBC," Herbert Lowe, president of the NABJ, said in a statement. "With Neal's commitment to future participation in our NABJ Media Institute and a continued dialogue about hiring and retaining black journalists, I look forward to working with him."