Anzio Williams New NBCU Stations Diversity SVP
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 move from his current role as VP of news for NBCU’s WCAU-WWSI Philadelphia. 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 advisers 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 broadcast professional with 27 years of experience, Williams has worked at TV stations 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 VP 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 the company says has ranked as Philadelphia’s 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 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 Sacramento, Calif., and WDSU New Orleans. Before this, he was assistant news director at WESH Orlando, Fla., and WCNC Charlotte, N.C. Prior to that, he oversaw newscasts and special sports programming for WLWT Cincinnati, and managed weekend news coverage at WSVN Miami. He launched his career in broadcast as a sports and news producer for WFMY in Greensboro, N.C.
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 Awards.
Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news from North Carolina A&T University and a Master 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