Award-winning reporter Lester Holt and his journey in NBC

By: Ross Reilly  |   | 

Lester Holt made his debut via NBC in 2000 as a news correspondent. Switching to NBC from CBS proved to be a fruitful decision for him as it delivered him with immense success and exposure. 

Holt was positioned as a substitute anchor of NBC Nightly News in 2003. The same year, he was named the fill-in anchor of Today and the co-anchor of Weekend Today following the demise of David Bloom, the show’s former co-anchor.

In 2007, Holt became the new weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News and also an anchor for NBC News. He served as an interim anchor for NBC Nightly News for a brief period in 2013 and 2015, ultimately becoming a regular anchor of the show on 22 June 2015. 

Holt’s association with NBC has also got him identified as the anchor of Dateline NBC.

While working for NBC, Holt has been highlighted a few times, often for reporting news during inconvenient situations. Most notably, he has covered Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina and has reported the war between Israel and Hezbollah from Lebanon. Apart from this, he has headlined 9/11 Conspiracy Theories and Summer Olympics 2008.

Passionate about journalism since his childhood, Lester Holt has proved to become one of the most deserving reporters in the American industry. His dedication and effort have paid him with a huge fame. In addition, he has also received various prestigious honors.

Pepperdine University honored Lester Holt with an honorary degree in 2012. Likewise, California State University, Sacramento also honored him an honorary degree in 2015. That same year, on 28 October, he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. He received Alan B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year from Montclair State University in 2016.

Holt receives an annual salary of $4 million and has accumulated a net worth of $12 million.


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