Lester Holt Biography, Age, Wife, Education, Kids, Parents, Career and Net worth

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Lester Holt Biography

Holt is an American journalist and news anchor and journalist working  for the NBC Nightly News,  weekday and Dateline edition. He was born on March 8, 1959 in Marin County, California, United States.

Lester Holt

He followed  the footsteps of  Max Robinson who was an ABC News evening co anchor so Holt became the first African-American to solo anchor a weekday nightly newscast.

Lester Holt Age

He was born on March 8,1959 in Hamilton  Air Force Base Marin County, California, United States. He is hence 61 years old as of the year 2020.

Lester Holt Wife

Holt is married to Carol Hagen  since 1982 and they have two sons together, Stefan Holt and Cameron Holt.

Lester Holt Height

He stands at a height of 1.87 meters.

Lester Holt Parents

Holt’s parents are June Holt and Lester Holt Sr.

Lester Holt Years Active

He has been active from 1981 to date.

Lester Holt Early Life Education

Lester graduated in Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova in 1977 then after majored in government at California State University, Sacramento, however, he did not  graduate. His first job was as a D J in a country and Western station. He kept the job throughout his college life.

Lester Holt Career

After working for CBS for 19 years as an anchor, reporter and  international correspondent, Lester then joined WCBS Tv in New York as a reporter [1981]. In 1982, he stated working for KNXT in Los Angeles as a  weekend anchor and reporter. From that time, Lester has worked in various stations reporting even in troubled spots like Iraq and Somalia.

Year                   Station                         Job

  • 1981-2000            CBS                             owned and operated stations
  • 1981-1982             WCBS-TV                    reporter
  • 1982-1983              KNXT                        weekend anchor and reporter
  • 1983- 1986             WCBS-TV                     Anchor
  • 1986-2000              WBBM-TV                   Anchor and reporter
  • 2000-to date            NBC News
  • 2000-2003               NBC News/MSNBC       Correspondent
  •  2003-2015               NBC News[ Weekend today]    co-anchor
  •  2003-2014               NBC News [Today]               Fill-in anchor
  • 2007-2015                 NBC News [ NBC News Nightly News] weekend Anchor
  • 2011- to date               NBC News [Dateline NBC ]      anchor

Holt has made cameo appearances in the 1993 film The Fugitive. Its 1998 sequel US Marshals and Primal Fear in 1996.

He has also done Television shows including playing for himself in episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; and many others.

Holt is remembered well for the way he moderated the presidential debates in 2016,he also interviewed the US president Donald Trump in 2017. His colleagues said that Holt asked very tough but appropriate questions.

In this interview, they discussed Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey. This resulted in extensive media coverage.

Lester Holt

Awards and honors

  • 1990: Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Ward
  • 2012: Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University
  • 2015: honorary Doctorate from California State University- Sacramento
  • 2015:Inducted into the California Hall of Fame
  • 2016:Alan B. Dumont Broadcaster of the year from Montclair State University
  • 2016: NABJ Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists
  • 2019: Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism
  • 2020: Honorary Doctorate from Rutgers University

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