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Anzio Williams Named Sr. VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations – NBC10 Philadelphia


The NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division today announced that Anzio Williams has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the division. 

He will transition from his current role as Vice President of News for NBC10 / WCAU and Telemundo62 / WWSI. In this newly created role, Williams will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that will make diversity and inclusion issues a top priority across NBCUniversal’s owned stations group. He will report to Valari Staab, President of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.

“Anzio is committed,
passionate and thoughtful about fostering workplaces that embrace diversity and
represent the communities we serve.  He is also a thought leader in
editorial issues of equity and fairness in media.  He will help us drive
meaningful change across our entire division,” said Staab. “He has always been one
of my most trusted advisor on issues of diversity and
equity. His new
role will allow him to expand on the work that
he has already done throughout his career.”

A respected broadcast professional with 27 years of experience,
Williams has worked at TV stations all across the country and held numerous
leadership roles with increasing responsibility all-the-while mentoring and
coaching colleagues and journalists to help them advance in their careers. As
Vice President of News for NBCUniversal’s Philadelphia stations, Williams
played a key role in the stations’ successful move to their new
state-of-the-art facility located within the Comcast Technology Center. He also
spearheaded the integration and launch of WWSI, the Telemundo-owned station
that has ranked as Philadelphia’s #1 most-watched Spanish-language TV station
for local news among key demo groups for many years. At WCAU/WWSI, he’s managed
the news teams’ coverage for the most impactful stories including the 2020 protests
for social justice, the Eagle’s 2018 Superbowl win, the deadly Amtrak
derailment, Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia, and Hurricane Sandy’s
devastation and recovery efforts, among others. 

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, he spent 12 years with Hearst
Television working as News Director at KCRA in Sacramento and WDSU in New
Orleans. At WDSU, he spearheaded the station’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina,
the storm’s aftermath and multi-year recovery efforts. Before this, he worked
as Assistant News Director at NBC affiliate stations in Orlando, Florida and
Charlotte, North Carolina. At WESH, he managed the team’s coverage for the
biggest hurricane season in Florida while at WCNC he directed the team’s
reporting on the Columbia Shuttle disaster. Before this, he oversaw newscasts
and special sports programming for WLWT in Cincinnati, and managed weekend news
coverage at WSVN in Miami. He launched his career in broadcast as a Sports and
News Producer for WFMY in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

A recipient of nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Best
Newscast, Breaking News and Continuing Coverage, he was a member of news teams
honored with six Edward R. Murrow and two George Foster Peabody

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News from North
Carolina A&T University and a Masters of Business Administration degree
from Temple University’s Fox School of Business Executive MBA program. He is a
member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Urban League of
Philadelphia, 100 Black Men of Philadelphia, and is a Board Member for the
American Association of Diabetes Philadelphia Chapter. 

Since 2011, the owned stations division has launched numerous
employee development programs for its journalists, newsroom, sales and
marketing professionals to create a pathway for leadership roles for women and
people of diverse backgrounds. The programs include the “Reporter and Producer
Development Program” which launched in 2012 and has a 100% success in placing
on-air reporters in full-time jobs across NBC/Telemundo-owned stations, the
“Marketing Promo Producer Program” which trains professionals for bilingual
marketing roles across the group, and the very successful “Sales Associate
Program” which has been in existence for nearly 10 years.  Other
initiatives include the “Sales Support Development Program,”  the “Sales
Leadership Track,” and “She Leads,” an employee development program
launched by the division in 2018 for high potential female sales leaders. As a
sponsorship-focused program, participants are paired with division executives
to help them get the practical information and exposure they need to acquire
leadership roles within the division and NBCUniversal. The first class of “She
Leads” participants have already ascended to leadership roles including Station
GM roles, among others. The Telemundo Station Group’s “Telemundo University”
one-year training program created in partnership with select Universities and
Colleges in the U.S. that have vigorous journalism programs – is
offering bilingual, college journalism students a direct pipeline to local TV
and digital news jobs across the division and NBCUniversal. 

About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the
division of NBCUniversal that includes 42 NBC and Telemundo local television
stations and subsidiary digital businesses serving 30 markets, a regional news
network, multicast networks COZI TV and TeleXitos, and LX, the division’s new
TV/streaming network that serves adults 18-45, a group of out-of-home
properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company.
The local TV stations can be viewed in 38 percent of U.S. homes and in Puerto
Rico, and produce and deliver their local communities compelling and unique
local news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and
entertainment programming across all platforms to help keep their English and
Spanish-speaking audiences informed anytime and anywhere.

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