Lester Holt is an American journalist who anchors the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News. Lester Holt is also the anchor for Dateline NBC. Prior to NBC, he has worked for 19 years at numerous television stations which were CBS owned channels.

  • March 8, 1959
  • American
  • Journalist
  • 6 feet 2 inches
  • No
  • Manhattan, United States
  • Stefan Holt, Cameron Holt
  • Married
  • $12 million
  • $4 million
  • Carol Hagen
  • Lester Don Holt, Jr.
  • African American
  • NBC News
  • Pepperdine University and California State University
  • Wiki, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube

Personal and Family Life

Lester Don Holt was born on 8 March 1959 in Marin County, California, the United States to Lester Don Holt, Sr. and June (DeRozario). In 1977, he received high school degree from Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova; CA.

Later, he joined California State University, Sacramento and majored in government, but he never graduated. In 2012 and 2015, he received a doctorate degree from Pepperdine University and California State University respectively.

At 23, Holt married Carol Hagen. They met each other when Carol used to be a flight attendant in 1980. The couple is experiencing their mesmerizing marital life since 35 years with no complication. Holt is a proud father of two sons named Stefan and Cameron. At present, the Holt family resides in Manhattan.


Lifestyle and Measurements

Lester Holt has an attractive height of 1.87 m (6 feet 2 inches). The aquiline nose followed by prominent cheekbones makes him look more masculine. His bright eyes, gentle nature and charming smile easily flip off the heart of his female spectators of NBC Nightly. He keeps his looks well polished and voguish in every attire.

Holt used to play his bass guitar in his leisure time. He is an animal lover and has pet dog named Lucy. Apart from his hectic schedule, he manages to spend quality time with his family.



Professional Life

Lester Holt started his journalism career at WCBS-TV; CBS operated the station, as reported in 1981. The following year, he moved to KNXT as Weekend anchor and reporter. He then returned back to WCBS as an anchor.

In an interview to American Profile magazine in 2012, he stated: “My first on-air job was actually as a disc jockey at a Country and Western station. The only time I could land a full-time gig was if I was willing to report the news.”

He served for WBBM-TV as an anchor and reporter till 2000. At that time, he reported from Iraq, Northern Ireland, Somalia, El Salvador and Haiti.

He then returned back to WCBS as an anchor. He served for WBBM-TV as an anchor and reporter till 2000. At that time, he reported from Iraq, Northern Ireland, Somalia, El Salvador and Haiti.

In 2000, he joined MSNBC as a correspondent and started to work as a fill-in anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today in 2003. After the premature demise of David Bloom, he was appointed as full-time co-host of Weekend Today. 

Additionally, he also presented daily two hours newscast till 2005 in MSNBC. Holt became NBC Nightly New’s weekend anchor on 9 May 2007 and promoted as permanent weekdays anchor on 17 June 2015 after the suspension of Brian William. 

He has also anchored for The History Channel, Sci-Fi Channel as well as reported for NBC Sports during Summer Olympics of 2008. He is hosting Dateline since 2006.

Besides journalism, Holt made a guest appearance in the movie The Fugitive in 1993 and on TV series such as Due South, Warehouse 13, NBC’s 30 Rock. He has presented Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for the USA Network as well as covered by Making Music magazine.


Achievements and Awards

Lester Holt, the veteran reporter, and anchor has achieved various awards for his hard work and patience. In 1990, he has received Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award as well as inducted into the California Hall of Fame on 28 October 2015.

His work for NBC has been nominated for News & Documentary Emmy for seven times.  He has earned an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University and California State University in Sacramento in 2012 and 2015 respectively. He was announced as Alan B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year in 2016 from Montclair State University.




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