Pete Williams has covered the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court for NBC News since 1993 as a correspondent based in Washington, DC. He has also covered the Department of Homeland Security since its creation after the September 11, 2001 terrorist hijackings.
Among the stories he has reported: the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen spy cases, the Unabomber investigation, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Olympic bombing and search for Eric Rudolph, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the courtroom wrangling over the 2000 Florida election results, the federal government's massive investigative response to the 9/11 terror attacks, and the legal battles over the Obama administration's health care law.
He is a recipient of a national news Emmy award, a three-time Emmy nominee, and a recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He is now the senior television correspondent at the Supreme Court.
A native of Casper, Wyoming, and a 1974 graduate of Stanford University, Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO Radio and Television in Casper from 1974 to 1985. Working with the Radio-Television News Directors Association, which he served as a member of its board of directors, he successfully lobbied the Wyoming Supreme Court to permit broadcast coverage of its proceedings. And he twice sued Wyoming judges over pre-trial exclusion of reporters from the courtroom. For these efforts, he received a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
He came to Washington in 1986 to join the staff of Congressman Dick Cheney of Wyoming as a legislative assistant and press secretary. In 1989, when Cheney was named Defense Secretary, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and served as Pentagon spokesman during the Persian Gulf War and military operations in Panama and Somalia. The National Association of Government Communicators named him Communicator of the Year in 1991.