Lester Don Holt Jr., professionally known as ‘Lester Holt’ is a journalist engaged with NBC News. Lester Holt has previously served to CBS News for 19 years as an international correspondent, reporter, and presenter.

Quick Info:

Birthday: 8 March 1959

Ethnicity: Mixed (Jamaican/English/Indian)

Nationality: American

Profession: Journalist


1. Personal and Family Life

Lester Holt is married to Carol Hagen and has two children together. He belongs to the literate and financially strong family of western U.S. state.

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.

Quick Info:

  • Parents: June DeRozario/Lester Don Holt, Sr.
  • Wife: Carol Hagen
  • Children: Stefan Holt & Cameron Holt
  • Marital Status: Married


2. Lifestyle and Measurements

Lester Holt is one of the most stylish journalists on the planet flaunting wowed body measurements. His excessive manly looks have gifted him, numerous female followers.


Lester Holt has created different fame as stylish news man beside his professional contributes. His athletic build body perfectly goes with an appealing height of 6 feet 2 inches. Women get crazy looking his aquiline nose and smoking hot cheekbones. Adorable smile, bright eyes, and warm personality are what define Lester Holt. On-screen or off, he always possesses polished looks and aces each outfit.

And to your surprise, Lester is pro bass guitar player. He indulges in music and concerts whenever gets a chance to escape from TV. Being an avid animal lover, he also owns a labradoodle called Lucy. He loves long adventurous trips with his family and does pretty awesome photography.

Quick Info:

Height: 6 Feet 2 Inches (188 cm)

Weight: 71 kg (156.5 lbs)

Body Shape: Athletic

Body Measurements: Average

Plastic Surgery: N/A



3. Professional Life

Lester is actively involved in a journalistic career since 1981. Started as a DJ in a local radio station, he becomes one of the most influential people in broadcast media.

Holt joined CBS owned WCBS-TV in 1981 where he reported on various shows. Following year, he came to KNXT in Los Angeles operating as reporter and presenter. Next, he went to WBBM-TV in 1986 and served for 14 years as an anchor and reporter.

In 2000, Lester Holt signed with MSNBC and after three years started tenure at NBC News. He became fill-in anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today show as well as full-time host for Weekend Today after the demise of David Bloom.

In 2007, he was announced as weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News. Later, he became a permanent anchor for the show on 18 June 2015 following the postponement of Brian William. Currently, he also hosts network’s signature newsmagazine Dateline NBC.

 During his tenure at NBC, Holt contributed as a moderator on the presidential debates 2016.  He also interviewed President Donald Trump in May 2017 over the dismissal of FBI director James Comey.

Apart from anchoring, Holt has also made his appearance in various TV series like Due South, Early Edition, Warehouse 13 and 30 Rock and 1993 movie The Fugitive as a guest. He has also been featured on the cover of Making Music Magazine. He served as a host of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on the USA Network in 2006, 2007 and 2008.


Ø  1990: Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work on CBS's 48 Hours: No Place Like Home.

Ø  2012: Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University

Ø  2015: Honorary Doctorate from California State University, Sacramento

Ø  2015: Inducted into the California Hall of Fame on October 28, 2015

Ø  2016: Alan B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year from Montclair State University

Ø  2016: NABJ Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists



4. Net Worth and Salary 2018

Lester Holt, being the top anchor on NBC News owns net worth in million like his co-worker.