Lester Holt is an award-winning journalist at NBC News. He is the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” the network’s flagship broadcast, as well as the anchor of “Dateline NBC.” Mr. Holt also leads NBC News special reports, breaking news, and primetime political coverage.
Named the “most-trusted television news personality in America” by The Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll, Mr. Holt became anchor of “NBC Nightly News” in June 2015. He had anchored the weekend editions of “NBC Nightly News” for eight years and co-anchored “Weekend TODAY” for 12 years. Mr. Holt has served as principal anchor of “Dateline NBC” since 2011.
Since 2020, Mr. Holt has led NBC News coverage of the Covid 19 pandemic. Additionally, he anchored NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2020 presidential election, including the party conventions, debates, and Election Night.
Mr. Holt has spent the past four decades in journalism and has reported and anchored from breaking news events across the globe. He has delivered first-person accounts from Iran, the Korean Peninsula, South Africa, Egypt, Haiti, Hungary, Cuba, and Afghanistan, among many other locales.
Before becoming co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY” in 2003, Mr. Holt anchored “Lester Holt Live,” a daily news show on MSNBC. He started at NBC News in 2000, anchoring “Newsfront.” Mr. Holt came to MSNBC after 14 years at WBBM-TV in Chicago where he served as the afternoon and evening news anchor.
Mr. Holt has been recognized with numerous honors, including multiple Emmy Awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the prestigious National Press Club Fourth Estate Award.