NBCUniversal (whose parent company, Comcast NBCUniversal, is No. 7 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) has announced the appointment of Anzio Williams as its senior vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion for its television stations. This is a newly created role where Williams will be responsible for creating and managing diversity and inclusion strategy that will be a top priority across NBCUniversal’s stations, according to reports.
“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,” Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, said in a news statement. “He has always been one of my most trusted advisors 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.”
Williams will bring experience from his current role as vice president of news for NBC10/WCAU and Telemundo62/WWSI. He has more than 25 years of experience in the TV industry, working at stations across the U.S. and excelling in leadership roles including his work at Hearst Television as news director at KCRA in Sacramento and WDSU in New Orleans, and as assistant news director at NBC affiliate stations in Orlando, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also held posts overseeing special sports programming for WLWT in Cincinnati and managing weekend news coverage at Miami’s WSVN.
The North Carolina A&T and Temple University graduate has been the recipient of nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Best Newscast, Breaking News and Continuing Coverage, and he has been part of news teams that have won honors including Edward R. Murrow and George Foster Peabody awards.