Lester Holt Biography
Lester Don Holt Jr. is an American news correspondent and journalist. He is well-known for anchoring NBC’s Nightly News, which he has been doing since June 18th, 2015, as well as the reality legal show Dateline NBC. Holt rose to prominence in 2016 when he moderated the first presidential debate of the year, earning praise for his efforts in fact-checking any false statements made by the presidential candidates on stage.
How old is Lester Holt? – Age
Where did Lester Holt go to school? – Education
He graduated from Rancho Cordova High School in 1977 and attended California State University, Sacramento, where he studied in government but never graduated.
Lester Holt – Family
Lester Don Holt Jr. was born in San Francisco as the youngest of four children to Lester Don Holt Sr. and June DeRozario (Holt).
His maternal grandfather was born of an Indo-Jamaican and White Jamaican mother, and his paternal grandparents were born in Jamaica. Holt studied at Cordova High School, graduating in 1977, and then enrolled at California State University, Sacramento. He majored in government at university but never graduated. He landed a job as a DJ at a Country and Western radio station. Lester had to report news for a full-time position at the station, so he jumped at the chance. He accomplished this while still in college.
Carol Hagen is Holt’s wife. The couple has two kids and lives in Manhattan.
Lester Holt Kids – Son
Stefan Holt and Cameron Holt are Holt’s two sons. Stefan has chosen to follow in his father’s footsteps and work as a journalist. He worked as a news anchor at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, which is owned by NBC. In 2016, he joined WNBC and worked on the same floor as his father. After succeeding Chuck Scarborough as anchor of NBC’s 11 p.m. newscast, he rose to prominence.
What is Holt Salary?
He earns an annual estimated salary of $10 million.
Holt Net Worth
He receives a net worth of $35 million.
Lester Holt Career
Holt started his career in journalism while attending California State University, where he worked for a Country and Western station. He later joined CBS as an international correspondent, news reporter, and anchor, where he stayed for 19 years. In 1981, he was hired as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City, and in 1982, he moved to KNXT in Los Angeles as a weekend anchor and reporter.
Holt began working as an evening news anchor for WBBM-TV in Chicago in 1986. He worked for the station for a total of 14 years. He worked at the anchor desk and also covered breaking news from around the world.
In 2000, he joined MSNBC, and in 2003, he was hired full-time by NBC News as a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today. Holt took over as the show’s full-time anchor after the death of his fellow co-anchor, David Bloom.
Lester Holt’s Evening News
Until late 2005, he also hosted a two-hour daily newscast on MSNBC. On May 9, 2007, he was named anchor of NBC Nightly News, a weekend edition show. He anchored the show for eight years before being replaced by fellow NBC journalist Brian Williams as the show’s permanent anchor.
He became the first African-American to be the only anchor of a weekday network nightly newscast after being promoted to permanent anchor on June 18, 2015. Holt also hosts Dateline, an NBC program, in addition to Nightly News.
He has as well anchored other shows for The History Channel, such as 9/11 conspiracy theories, was a sports desk reporter for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics, and Dateline on ID, an Investigation Discovery network edition of Dateline NBC. He conducted the Democratic presidential candidates’ discussion, as well as the first presidential debate, between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in January 2016.
Trump claimed that the system was “very unfair” since “Lester is a Democrat,” despite the fact that he was registered as a Republican at the time. Trump, on the other hand, praised Holt after the debate for doing a “wonderful job.” In 2017, Lester conducted an interview with President Trump, inquiring about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.