- Date of Birth:
- March 8, 1959
- 6' 2"
- Marin County
Lester Holt (born Lester Don Holt, Jr. in Marin County, CA on March 8, 1959) is an American journalist and musician. He is the anchor for the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and the weekend edition of NBC’s Today. He is also the anchor for Dateline NBC. He became the interim weeknight NBC Nightly News anchor on February 9, 2015 — filling in for suspended anchor and managing editor, Brian Williams. On June 17, 2015, it was announced that Lester would be the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News, while keeping Brian’s new role at NBC undisclosed.
Best Known For:
His career in broadcast journalism and winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work on CBS’s 48 Hours: No Place Like Home in 1990.
Lester lives in New York, NY with his wife, Carol. Together, they have two sons, Stefan and Cameron Holt. Stefan graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where Lester received an honorary doctorate in 2012. Stefan has followed in his dad’s footsteps after obtaining a job as an anchor at WMAQ-TV NBC5 Chicago. In his down time, Lester enjoys playing the bass guitar, which he spoke about in an interview for the September/October 2014 issue of Making Music Magazine. Lester is also religious and attends the Manhattan Church of Christ in NYC.