Once called "the most interesting man in television today," news journalist Brian Williams certainly seemed to have seen and done it all, covering almost every major breaking news event and traveling around the world. With the awards to prove it, Williams also had the distinction of being one of the most honored broadcast journalists, garnering a multitude of Edward R. Murrow awards, Emmys, duPont-Columbia University awards, and the industry's highest honor, the George Foster Peabody award. He was also named "Father of the Year" by the National Father's Day Committee in 1996, "Man of the Year," by GQ magazine in 2001 and was on TIME magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2007. Williams filled the shoes of NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw after the legendary newsman left "NBC Nightly News" in 2004. In his new role as managing editor and anchor of his own nightly newscast, Williams proved his mettle by bolstering the ratings of the show, surpassing those of Katie Couric on CBS and Charles Gibson on ABC. Williams' career was damaged in early 2015 when it surfaced that the anchor had told widely-varying stories about a helicopter incident during the Iraq War, as well as other inconsistencies in his personal anecdotes. NBC News suspended Williams for six months and replaced him as anchor of "NBC Nightly News" with Lester Holt. Williams returned to the air in September of that year as the host of MSNBC's coverage of Pope Francis' first papal visit to the United States.