NBC’s Pete Williams Named 2018 RTDNA Honoree

By Chris Ariens 

The Radio TV Digital News Association has named NBC’s justice correspondent Pete Williams the winner of the 2018 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award.

Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the freedom of the press.

“Over the course of his distinguished career, Pete Williams has served the public first as a government spokesman and then, for the last 25 years, as a reporter covering government,” said RTDNA chairman Scott Libin. “His insight and understanding of power and politics have proven hugely valuable to the viewers of NBC News.”


Williams, who celebrated 25 years with NBC News in March, has covered spy cases, federal criminal investigations, the Clinton impeachment, and the Supreme Court decision that decided the 2000 presidential election.

Williams joined NBC News in March 1993, two months after he left the George H.W. Bush administration where he was Pentagon spokesman for then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. He’d worked with Cheney since 1986. Before that, Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO Radio and Television in Casper, Wyoming.

Williams will be presented with this year’s John F. Hogan Award on Friday, September 28 at the RTDNA’s Excellence in Journalism event in Baltimore.