Diana Williams

Diana Williams

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Updated On June 23, 2021
Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Columbus, Ohio, USA

Dianna Williams is a retired American television Journalist known for being a news anchor at WABC television in New York City, New York. Dianna Williams hosts the Sunday morning public-affairs program Eyewitness News Up Close with Diana Williams, which airs Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

Early life and Childhood

As of now, Williams is 62 years old and she was born on 18th July 1958 in Columbus, Ohio. Similarly, there is no information available regarding her parents and siblings. She likes to keep her information private so she has not revealed her childhood as well. Likewise, her nationality is American. Furthermore, her ethnicity is unknown.


Regarding her educational history, she graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She completed her studies from the university in 1980 with a degree in economics. Further, she interned at WTVD in Durham.

Professional Career

After interning at WTVD in Durham, she began her television career in Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked at the WSOC as a reporter and later at WBTV as the weeknight anchor for the section of 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. From the year 1987 to 1991, she worked at WNEV (now WHDH) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Similarly, Diana started her television journalism career in Charlotte, North Carolina at the station WSOC-TV where she enrolled as a reporter. From WSOC-TV, she made a lateral move to different channels in Charlotte, WBTV, prior to 1987.

After a modest start in a small-town TV network, she began appealing for jobs in major cities around the country. She achieved her first break into the big league of television when she received a call from WNEV-TV (currently known as WHDH), Boston. She served at the station from 1987 till 1991. In 1991, she settled a news reporter’s job – a position at the world’s economic capital, New York.

She began working at WABC as a reporter and eventually promoted to weekend news anchor. It provided her opportunity to boost that she had been a desire for long and within a year of meeting the network, she began co-anchoring the network’s 11 pm newscast, ‘Eyewitness News’ with Bill Beutel. Till 1999, she extended reporting and co-anchoring Eyewitness News and began co-anchoring the 6 pm newscast with Beutel as well. This was a vital move as since 1986, after the withdrawal of his co-host Roger Grimsby, Bill had been anchoring the newscast solo.

Similarly, Willams joined WABC in the year 1991 as a reporter and eventually became a weekend anchor. Also, she was a co-anchor of the station’s 11 p.m. Eyewitness News newscast with Bill Beutel just a year later! In the year 1999, she joined Beutel on the 6 PM newscast as well, becoming Beutel’s first co-anchor at 6 pm since the departure of Roger Grimsby in the year 1986.

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Caption: Diana Willian captured with her co-host during the telecast of the show (Source: Net Worth Today)


Likewise, she traveled around the world covering stories for Eyewitness News including to Ireland and Israel to report on conflicts. She also traveled with the Pope to Baltimore, Maryland; Mexico City, Mexico; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Similarly, she covered the September 11, 2001 attacks and for its tenth anniversary in the year 2011. She reported from outside The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia. She has announced that she is retiring after 29 years here at WABC-TV.

Moreover, Williams also covered the news of from the fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2008; to the elections of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2001, 2005 and 2009; and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the same year. Hence, she covered news regarding politics very extensively. Moreover, Williams has been to every U.S. presidential nominating convention. It begins with the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York City.

Achievements and Awards

Talking about William’s achievements, she won Emmy Award for her half-hour special Dangerous Crossings that focused on the immigration issues along the Mexican and Arizona border. Similarly, Diana also won awards for her yearly breast-cancer special and has hosted the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk(s) for the American Cancer Society for over 17 years.

Personal Life

Talking about her personal life, Williams is a married lady. She married Douglas Wayne Shanks. They married on November 30, 1985. Similarly, they have three children. They have two daughters and a son named Nathaniel Williams. Furthermore, their son Nathaniel also experienced a near-death when he had a road accident at Panama City in the year 2015.

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Caption: Diana Willian posing with her husband and daughter (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurement

Williams is a very good looking woman with an amazing personality. At the age of  61, she has maintained herself fit and healthy. She has a height of 5 feet 6 inches and weight is 66 kg. Likewise, she has blonde hair and blue color eyes. Furthermore, her body measurements are 33-28-35 inches.

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Caption: Diana Williams posing along with Sade Baderinwa in an event (Source: Zimbio)

Social Media and Net Worth

Williams is active on social media. She has around 8,362k followers on Instagram, 54k followers on Facebook and 20.7k followers on Twitter.

Furthermore, Williams has a successful career. She might have earned a huge amount of money from her career. Her estimated net worth is around $1.5 million. According to sources, ABC News Anchor earns an average salary of $87,153 per year and their annual payroll ranges from $52,661 to $108,353.