02/28/2013 04:00 pm ET Updated Feb 28, 2013

Brian Williams: Newtown, CT 'Was The Saddest Place On Earth'

Brian Williams spoke out on Wednesday about the "crushing weight of sadness" he witnessed while covering the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Like scores of other journalists, Williams traveled to Newtown to report on the shooting, which took the lives of twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in December. Williams reflected on his career at the 92nd Street Y on Wednesday night, according to TV Newser, and when asked if there were times when "the words just don’t come," the NBC News host pointed to his experience in Newtown.

"Showing up in that town, it was the saddest place on earth," Williams said. "I sat in a car for awhile and I looked at people walking by. I was ashamed at some of my fellow media people who came out of their lives in New York, sometimes not thinking, ‘we’re laughing to each other.’ Camera people, print journalists, television journalists, people I knew, people I didn’t know. It just was such a crushing weight of sadness."

He also recalled the devastation he witnessed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the tsunami in Indonesia in 2004, and weighed in on Comcast's takeover of NBC.

(h/t TV Newser)



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