Quick Facts About Lester Holt
|Birth Name||Lester Don Holt|
|Celebrated Name||Lester Holt|
|Date of Birth||March 08, 1959|
|Age||57 Years Old|
|Hair Color||Light Brown|
|Place Of Birth||Marin County, California|
|Weight||71 Kg KG|
|Chest Size Inch||35|
|Shoe Size Milimeters||10|
|Best Known For||NBC Anchor|
|High School||Cordova High School|
|University||California State University,Sacromento|
Who's Lester Holt?
Lester Holt is an American journalist widely recognized for working as an anchor of NBC Nightly News. He became an overnight sensation during the disputed 2000 U.S. presidential election. He has been honored by Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work on CBS's 48 Hours: No Place like Home.
Born in San Francisco, California, Lester Holt graduated from Cordova High School and then he majored from California State University but dropped out of college to work as a reporter for the CBS radio.
Holt began his career in CBS in 1981 and stayed there for 19 years. He worked at WBBM for fourteen years anchoring the evening news and reported from El Salvador, Haiti, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Somalia.
It was in 2000 that he joined MSNBC. There, he used to serve NBC Nightly News as a substitute anchor but later appointed as full-time anchor replacing John Seigenthaler. Likewise, he became a full-time anchor of Weekend Today following the untimely demise of David Bloom.
The co-anchor of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams was suspended for a while. For the time, Lester covered his absence but when the news of Williams not coming back again came out, Lester was made the permanent anchor of the show. As a result, he became the first African-American anchor to be on network’s weekday nightly newscast.
During his more than three-decades-long tenure as a journalist, he has covered some major events like the Presidential election in 2000, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Haiti earthquake in 2010 and so on.
He also got an opportunity to host a show of his own name Lester Holt Live aired on MNSBC. He earned a nickname as Iron Pants due to his ability to stay on the very chair to host the show for hours and hours.
He has also appeared in some of the films like Miracle on 34th Street, Primal Fear, and The Fugitive. He has an estimated net worth of $10 million with a huge salary of $1.5 million per year.
Holt has achieved numerous awards for his hard work. In 1990, he was honored with Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award acknowledging his work on 48 Hours: No Place Like Home, aired on CBS.
In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University and from California State University in 2015. And last but not the least, he was inducted into the California Hall Of Fame in 2015.
Family and personal life:
Born on March 8, 1959, Holt is currently 57 years of age. His parents are Lester Don Holt, Sr. who was an Air Force master sergeant and June, who was a regional planner.
Holt comes from a Jamaican descendent from his mother's side. He was the youngest of four children.
As a child, he was very interested in the news. He would sit on his bed with a tape recorder and read the newspaper aloud, pretending to be a reporter. His older brother worked in radio.
Lester's first ever job was a disc jockey and later joined journalism. He loves music and is frequently found playing guitar.
Lester Holt's current relationship status is married. He is married to Carol Hagen since 1982. She is a realtor and used to work in the cosmetic industry in sales, training, and management.
She also worked in the travel hospitality business. The couple is blessed with two children, Stefan and Cameron Holt.
Stefan Holt is walking in his father's footsteps and is currently an NBC anchor. The couple is happy together and is not going through a divorce.
With that charismatic looks and elegant personality, Holt stands tall with a height of six feet two inches. He resides in Manhattan, New York with his wife.
Holt is currently serving at NBC and hosts many of its shows like NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC and Weekend Today. At the age of 57, he still holds the capability to increase the views of the show.