Personal and Family Life
Lester was born in Marin County, California to English-Indian-Jamaican-Scottish mother June DeRozario and African-American father Lester Don Holt, Sr. His father used to work as Airforce technician whereas his half-brother Mike Swanigan used to serve at a radio station in Alaska.
Lester attended Cordova High School, Rancho Cordova and graduated in 1977. During high school, he worked as DJ for KRAK radio and practiced reporting at KCRA Channel 3. Later, he joined California State University in Sacramento but never earned his graduation. He chose the job offered by KCBS in San Francisco and left his college in middle.
Holt explained to American Profile magazine in 2012, “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. I was hooked."
Lester Holt is married to Carol Hagen in 1982 who is licensed, a real-estate agent. He met Carol when she was working as a flight attendant. The Holt couple has two sons named Stefan and Cameron. His elder son Stefan has joined WNBC since 2016 and works as an anchor.
Recently, Lester got promoted to grandfather as Stefan’s wife Morgan gave birth to Henry Holt in September 2016. His whole family resides in the same house in Manhattan, New York.
- Parents: June DeRozario/Lester Don Holt, Sr.
- Wife: Carol Hagen
- Children: Stefan Holt & Cameron Holt
- Marital Status: Married