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Lester Holt Biography

Birth Name:
Lester Don Holt Jr.
Birth Place:
San Francisco, California, United States
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


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