Brian Williams to Anchor NBC New Coverage of Nelson Mandela Memorial

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Brian Williams to Anchor NBC New Coverage of Nelson Mandela Memorial

As memorial events honoring Nelson Mandela take place across South Africa this week, NBC News will continue to provide special coverage of the life and legacy of the man who has been called a towering figure in world history.

Brian Williams will anchor "NBC Nightly News" from Pretoria, South Africa on Monday and Tuesday with the latest on the world's reaction to Mandela's passing. On tonight's broadcast, former President Jimmy Carter speaks to Brian about Mandela's impact.

On Tuesday, Williams will anchor a special report on the NBC broadcast network and beginning at 4am ET as international leaders and dignitaries join members of the public in paying tribute at the national memorial service in Soweto. The U.S. delegation attending this historic international gathering will be led by President Barack Obama, along with former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, and 26 Members of Congress. will also provide extensive coverage throughout the week, including a robust multimedia package featuring news, analysis, images, and video. Social media users are encouraged to share their thoughts with the hashtag #RememberingMandela.

The NBC team contributing to coverage out of South Africa since Mandela's death has included Lester Holt, who anchored weekend editions of "TODAY" and "NBC Nightly News" from Soweto; Charlayne Hunter-Gault, NBC News Special correspondent and former foreign correspondent for NPR and PBS; NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel; NBC News correspondents Rohit Kachroo, Ron Allen, Michelle Kosinski, and Keir Simmons; and NBC News Channel correspondent Tracie Potts.

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