Brian Williams (b. 1959) is an anchorman and former managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the flagship evening news program of the NBC television network. In 2007, Williams was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.
Williams appeared on Sesame Street in a 2007 episode, announcing the word of the day, squid, in a special broadcast. Williams appeared on Sesame Street again in a 2008 episode reporting for Sesame Street Nightly News about the Mine-itis outbreak where he becomes a victim of it. He also was the host of the 2009 Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala.
When interviewing Elmo on The Bonnie Hunt Show in September 2008, Bonnie Hunt talked about her crush on Williams. This fact, a long-running joke on the show, would come up again when Elmo and Abby Cadabby appeared on the show in October 2008.