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'Good news' tips inundate anchor

March 07, 2009|Associated Press

Between the drumbeat of bad economic stories, two wars and a winter that won't quit, Brian Williams knows he's been anchoring a depressing "NBC Nightly News" for a depressed audience.

Still, even he was shocked at the thousands of responses he has received in less than two days after asking viewers to suggest some good news to report.

"I'm looking at a stack of printed e-mails," Williams said Friday. "We have more stories than we could humanly cover if we combined all three network newscasts. It's hit an unbelievable nerve."

Williams was set to read some of the letters on Friday's newscast and do stories from across the country next week from some of the suggestions. His "good news" idea runs the risk of being cloying, but Williams said a newscast, like a newspaper, had room for a diversity of stories.

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