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Pete Williams

Pete Williams is an NBC News correspondent based in Washington, DC. He has been covering the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since March 1993. Williams was also a key reporter on the Microsoft anti-trust trial and Judge Jackson's decision.

Prior to joining NBC News, Williams served as a press official on Capitol Hill for many years. In 1986 he joined the Washington, DC staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named Assistant Secretary of Defense, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. While in that position, Williams was named Government Communicator of the Year in 1991 by the National Association of Government Communicators.

A native of Casper, Wyoming and a 1974 graduate of Stanford University, Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO-TV and Radio in Casper from 1974 to 1985.  Working with the Radio-Television News Directors Association, for which he served as a member of its board of directors, he successfully lobbied the Wyoming Supreme Court to permit broadcast coverage of its proceedings and twice sued Wyoming judges over pre-trial exclusion of reporters from the courtroom. For these efforts, he received a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Appearances

Judith Rodin discusses The Reslience Dividend with Gwen Ifill at Miami Book Fair

November 22, 2014
PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill interviews author and Rockefeller Foundation CEO Judith Rodin about her book, The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, at Miami Book Fair International 2014.

Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari discuss new film ‘Rosewater’

November 9, 2014
On Nov. 9, following a private screening at the Newseum, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart sat down with “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Gwen Ifill to discuss the new film “Rosewater,” Stewart’s directorial debut, and the real-life story that inspired it. Stewart and Ifill were joined by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian journalist and the inspiration for the film, and the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Joel Simon.
America After Ferguson

Roland Martin & Journalist Gwen Ifill On Having The Conversation About Black Men & Police Officers

September 24, 2014
Roland Martin talks to journalist and television anchor Gwen Ifill about the PBS town hall AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON and the amount of young black men who were killed at the hands of police officers, especially considering the unrest of Michael Brown and the unfortunate burning of his memorial last night in Ferguson.

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