Lester Don Holt Jr., renowned by his celebrated name Lester Holt, was born on 8 March 1959. Born into a family with a military background, Holt desired to be a journalist from the beginning. Often in his childhood, he would pretend to be a news reporter by loudly reading the newspaper.
Radio station presented him with the platform to try his fortune in news broadcasting while he was in his college. “My first on-air job was actually as a disk jockey at a Country and Western station. The only time I could get a full-time gig was if I was willing to report the news”, Holt said about his radio involvements.
His television career began in 1981, following which he spent a total of 19 years with CBS affiliated TV stations. He initiated his career in New York, serving as a reporter WCBS-TV. He remained with the TV station for a year before joining KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles, which he left within a year too only to move back to WCBS-TV. Three years later, he joined Chicago-based WBBM-TV as an anchor and a reporter.
He worked with WBBM-TV for 14 years during which he reported from various parts of the world including Iraq, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Somalia, Haiti, etc. He won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1990 for the untiring efforts he made in CBS’s 48 hours: No Place Like Home.
Holt ended his 19 years old association with CBS in 2000 when he joined NBC. He is working for NBC till date.