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.