Going for Gold
A decorated sports broadcaster for more than 30 years, Brian Williams anchored CTV’s and TSN’s prime-time Olympic Games coverage, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the networks’ coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Going for Gold
A decorated sports broadcaster for more than 30 years, Brian Williams most recently anchored CTV’s and TSN’s prime-time Olympic coverage, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the networks’ coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Brian Williams won a prestigious 2010 Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast for his coverage at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
In addition to his work on the Olympics, Williams is also heavily involved in the CFL on TSN broadcasts, conducting weekly interviews with key newsmakers in the Canadian Football League. Rounding out Williams’ all-encompassing role on CTV/TSN are play-by-play duties for the men’s and women’s Rogers Cup tennis tournaments each summer in Toronto and Montreal. Considered the dean of Olympic sports broadcasting in Canada, Williams reported on his first Olympics at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 12 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile sporting event around the globe. His resume includes work with the NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA TOUR, Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Skiing, Formula One, IRL, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games. Williams’ respected broadcast style has endeared him to millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast.
He has won praise from critics and numerous accolades, including six Gemini Awards and two Foster Hewitt Awards. Williams is currently on the Governors Council at North York General Hospital in Toronto and a former member of the hospital’s Board of Directors. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Williams is also on the selection committee for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in Toronto and works with Special Olympics Canada.
In 2006, Williams received an honourary Doctor of Humane Letters when he delivered the commencement address at his alma matter Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Born in Winnipeg, Williams began calling university basketball play-by-play in 1967. He started his professional career in radio with Toronto’s CHUM. After a year at CFRB Radio in Toronto, Williams joined CBLT and remained with CBC until his move to CTV/TSN in June, 2006.