Lester Holt

  • Birth Name: Lester Don Holt Jr.
  • Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Profession: Anchor, Actor, Reporter, Moderator

Fast Facts

  • Grew up on various military bases because his father was in the Air Force.
  • First on-air job was as a disc jockey at a country and Western radio station; reading the news on-air hooked him on broadcast journalism.
  • Began his TV career in 1981 at a CBS affiliate in New York; was also a news anchor in Los Angeles and Chicago. 
  • Joined MSNBC in 2000.
  • His knowledge of airplanes helped him land his first anchor role in 2000 when an Air France Concorde crashed near Paris.
  • Has been an anchor on Weekend Today, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News.
  • In 2015 became the first African American to be named permanent solo anchor of a nightly newscast when he replaced Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News.
  • Appeared as a newscaster in The Fugitive, Primal Fear and Miracle on 34th Street; and as himself on 30 Rock.
  • Earned the nickname "Iron Pants" for not wanting to leave the anchor chair whenever there is breaking news.


  • Cameron Holt — Son
  • Carol Holt — Wife
  • Lester D. Holt Sr. — Father
  • June DeRozario Holt — Mother
  • Stefan Holt — Son


  • Attended California State University, Sacremento, California, United States