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Christian Williams
Born (1943-07-09) July 9, 1943 (age 77)
Brooklyn, NY
EducationRahway (N.J.) High School
Alma materNorwich University
OccupationAmerican journalist, television writer and yachtsman
Known forPart of Bob Woodward's investigative team, created the TV drama "Capital News" and wrote the Ted Turner biography "Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way"
Spouse(s)Tracy Olmstead Williams

Christian Williams is an American journalist, television writer and yachtsman.[1] A former Washington Post editor during the Watergate era, he later created two television dramas and is the author of four books including the Ted Turner biography "Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way."


Williams joined The Washington Post in 1972 as an assistant editor of the Style Section. When the cast and crew of the Robert Redford movie All The President's Men descended on the newsroom to conduct research for the film, Williams served as the assignment editor on the article about the experience behind the scenes. "It was the age of cool. And suddenly we were cool," Williams said. "You could put out nine calls on deadline at 4 o'clock in the afternoon and get nine callbacks in a half an hour. People were paying attention."[2]

He was arts editor at the paper from 1976-1980.[3] In 1981, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for a series on Isidore Zimmerman, wrongly imprisoned for 25 years.[4] In 1984, he joined Bob Woodward's investigative team.[5]


In 1986, ABC produced a three-hour movie of the week, Under Siege, written by Bob Woodward, Richard Harwood and Williams based on their terrorism reporting.[6] After Williams and Woodward penned an episode of the NBC crime drama Hill Street Blues, Williams left the Post and moved to Hollywood.[7]

With David Milch, Williams created Capital News, an ABC drama based on a morning newspaper in Washington, D.C. Williams also created Hercules: The Legendary Journeys which became a worldwide hit in syndication. He was not involved in the production of the series. Williams was co-executive producer of the HBO funeral-home drama "Six Feet Under" when the show was nominated for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 2002.[8][9]


Williams has twice sailed from California to Hawaii, single-handed. The first voyage of Thelonious, an Ericson 32-3, took 20 days there and 28 days back. At age 74 he repeated the solo round trip of 5,000 miles on Thelonious II, a 1984 Ericson 38, with 17 days outbound and 22 days return.

Video documentaries of his sailing adventures have more than 5 million views on the YouTube channel “Christian Williams Sailing.” [10]


Williams chronicled the founding of CNN in the 1981 Ted Turner biography "Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way."[11] Williams' 2016 book "Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" recounts his solo sail two years earlier to Hawaii and back in his 32-foot sloop "Thelonious."[12]

“Philosophy of Sailing: Offshore in Search of the Universe”, published in 2018, attempts to apply techniques of phenomenology and other forms of inquiry to the experience of isolation and solitude.[13]

His novel, “Rarotonga,” (East Wind Press, 2019), explores the attempt of a controversial millionaire to flee family, the IRS and a murder charge in search of paradise alone on his luxury sailing yacht. [14]


  1. ^ "Williams Solos to Hawaii – and Back". Palisades News. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ "All the President's Men: An Oral History". Washingtonian Magazine. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ "It's (wash.) Post Time For 'Capital News'". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ "The Imprisonment of Isidore Zimmerman". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Times to Launch 'West' Magazine Feb. 5". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  6. ^ "`Under Siege' gives melodramatic portrayal of domestic terrorism". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Hill Street Blues: Writing Credits". IMDB. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Six Feet Under: Awards & Nominations". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Producer: Six Feet Under". IMDB. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  10. ^ Tinoco, Lily. "Setting Sail". Palisadian-Post. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  11. ^ "The Sure Thing: How entrepreneurs really succeed". The New Yorker. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Man Films As He Sails Yacht To Hawaii And Back Without A Crew". The San Francisco Globe. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Christian Williams: sailor, ranconteur, YouTube guru…and my friend with the sewing machine – The British Weekly". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  14. ^ Tinoco, Lily. "Setting Sail". Palisadian-Post. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
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