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Lester Holt NBC, Bio, Age, Ratings, Parents, Son, Net Worth, And Wife,

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Lester Don Holt Jr. was born on 8th March 1959. He is a renowned American journalist and news anchor for the weekday edition of NBC Nightly
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Lester Holt Biography

Lester Don Holt Jr. was born on 8th March 1959. He is a renowned American journalist and news anchor for the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. Holt joined the media house news team in 1981. On 18th June 2015, Lester was made the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News following the demotion of Brian Williams. Lester followed in the career footsteps of Max Robinson, an ABC News evening co-anchor, and became the first African-American to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast. Mr. Holt has covered a lot, for instance, special reports, primetime news, as well as breaking news.

Lester Holt Age: Birthday

How old is Lester Holt? Lester (age 62 years old as of Feb 2022) was born on 8th March 1959 in Hamilton Air Force Base, California, United States. Holt celebrates his birthday on 8th March every year.

Lester Holt Height: Measurement

Holt stands at an average estimated height of 6 feet 3 inches which is approximately 187 cm.

Lester Holt Family: Parents And Siblings

Lester was born on 8th March 1959, on Hamilton Air Force Base, Marin County, California, the youngest child of four of June and Lester Don Holt Sr. Lester’s maternal grandparents were born in Jamaica. Holt’s maternal grandfather, Canute DeRozario was one of 14 children of an Indo-Jamaican father from Calcutta, India, and a White Jamaican mother from England while his maternal grandmother, Mary, was born in Jamaica but grew up in Harlem, N.Y, where his mother was born. His, father Holt. Sr was African American from Michigan, with roots in Tennessee.

Lester Holt Wife: Partner / Lester Holt Married

Is Lester Holt married? The veteran journalist and news anchor, Lester has been married for more than 38 years now. Holt’s wife, Carol Hagen, accepted his hand in marriage in 1982. Carol Hagen is a real estate agent. The pair has 2 children, namely Stefan and Cameron Holt. Stefan followed in his father’s footsteps and is now a journalist and television news anchor. Lester’s family resides in Manhattan, New York attends the Manhattan Church of Christ in New York.

Lester Holt Children: Son Adopted

Lester together with his wife Hagen has 2 children to be precise sons namely Stefan and Cameron. Stefan graduated from Pepperdine University in 2009 and was the morning news anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Stefan moved to the same floor as his dad’s Nightly News when joining WNBC, and he eventually succeeded Chuck Scarborough as anchor of the station’s 11 p.m. news broadcast in 2016.

Lester Holt Education

Holt graduated from Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova in 1977 and majored in government at California State University, Sacramento, though he never graduated.

Lester Holt Nightly News: NBC

Career Timeline

  • 1981–2000: CBS owned and operated stations
  • 1981–1982: WCBS-TV reporter
  • 1982–1983: KNXT weekend anchor and reporter
  • 1983–1986: WCBS-TV anchor
  • 1986–2000: WBBM-TV anchor and reporter
  • 2000–present: NBC News
  • 2000–2003: NBC News / MSNBC correspondent
  • 2003–2015: Weekend Today co-anchor
  • 2003–2014: Today fill-in anchor
  • 2007–2015: NBC Nightly News Weekend anchor
  • 2011–present: Dateline NBC anchor
  • August 6, 2013 – September 2, 2013, and February 9, 2015 – June 18, 2015: NBC Nightly News interim anchor
  • June 22, 2015 – present: NBC Nightly News anchor/managing editor (added managing editor in April 2021)


Lester is an award-winning journalist as well as the anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” the network’s flagship broadcast and the Number1 newscast in America. Holt also anchors “Dateline NBC,” now in its 28th season, and leads NBC News’ special reports, breaking news, and also primetime political coverage.

Tagged the “most-trusted television news personality in America” by a Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll, Lester was named anchor of “NBC Nightly News” in 2015 June after anchoring the weekend editions of “NBC Nightly News” for 8 years and co-anchoring “Weekend TODAY” for 12 years. Holt has served as principal anchor of “Dateline NBC” since 2011 September and joined NBC News in 2000 anchoring “Newsfront.”

Lester has spent the past 4 decades in journalism and has reported and anchored breaking news events across the globe. In 2019 August, Lester got rare access inside Tehran, Iran, where he spoke with top diplomats and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and before that, he was in Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. During the previous year, Lester reported from the Korean Peninsula on the growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea just weeks before the 2018 Winter Olympics. Most recently, Lester has led NBC News’ coverage of the coronavirus, anchoring weekly primetime specials featuring critical, real-time information on the pandemic. Holt also launched “Nightly News: Kids Edition,” a digital newscast aimed to inform as well as educate children during these difficult times.

Over the past multiple years, Lester has reported from Manchester, Paris, and Brussels on the terrorist attacks that took place across Europe. In addition, Holt anchored from South Africa during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, reported from Cairo on the political as well as civil unrest in Egypt during the Arab Spring, and many more. Further, Lester was also on the ground in Hungary during the migrant crisis in Europe in 2015 and anchored from Cuba multiple times, for instance during the opening of the United States embassy, President Obama’s visit, and the funeral of Fidel Castro. Additionally, Holt was embedded with United States forces reporting on the ongoing military operations in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2012.

As a preeminent broadcast journalist, Lester was selected to moderate the 1st presidential debate of 2016, which was the most-watched debate in American history. In addition, Lester also sat down with President Donald Trump in 2017 May, which stands as one of the most consequential interviews of his presidency, after Donald Trump told Lester the firing of James Comey former FBI head was tied to Russia investigation. In 2017 January Holt traveled with President Barrack Obama on the Commander in Chief’s final trip aboard Air Force One, for an in-depth interview in Chicago.

Moreover, Lester has also sat down for revealing, news-making interviews with candidates Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio as well as Jeb Bush. NBC News was the most-watched news organization of Election 2016, with Lester anchoring all the network’s primetime coverage through the Republican and Democratic conventions, debates as well as Election Night. And kicking off the 2020 election cycle, Lester was a co-moderator for the 1st Democratic debate, which made history as the most-watched Democratic debate ever.

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For “Dateline NBC,” Lester has anchored several specials and investigative reports, such as “Life Inside,” his most recent report for the “Justice for All” series. A few years before, Holt served on a story of injustice that examined the connection between childhood asthma and poverty in America. In addition, Lester also reported on wrongful convictions involving Johnny Hincapie and Richard Rosario, 2 cases that made national headlines. Moreover, Holt reported on the aftermath of the Great Recession as part of the “American Now” documentary series.

Prior to becoming co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY” in 2003, Lester anchored “Lester Holt Live,” a daily news show on MSNBC. Lester worked as a primary anchor for MSNBC’s coverage of major news events, for instance, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war in Afghanistan. Furthermore, Lester also served as anchor of “Countdown: Iraq,” a nightly news telecast concentrating on the latest developments surrounding the war with Iraq, from 2002 October through 2003 March. Lester joined MSNBC after 14 years at WBBM-TV in Chicago where he served as the afternoon as well as an evening news anchor.

Lester Holt Ratings

According to a 2018 poll, Lester was ranked as being the most trusted television news anchor in America. Lester is also known for his moderation of the first Presidential debate of 2016 and was praised by The Washington Post columnists for his role/position in fact-checking false statements. While NBC Nightly News was the top-ranked evening news program for over 30 years during the Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams eras, ratings dropped to second place after Holt began as an anchor.

Lester Holt Net Worth And Salary

How many dos Lester Holt make? Holt’s net worth is estimated to be approximately $12 Million whereas he receives an annual salary of about $ 4.5 Million from his job as an anchor/managing editor.

Lester Holts Awards and Honors

  1. 1990: Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work on CBS’s 48 Hours: No Place Like Home
  2. 2012: Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University
  3. 2015: Honorary Doctorate from California State University, Sacramento
  4. 2015: Inducted into the California Hall of Fame on October 28, 2015
  5. 2016: Alan B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year from Montclair State University
  6. 2016: NABJ Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists
  7. 2019: Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism
  8. 2020: Honorary Doctorate from Rutgers University

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