Lester Holt is the First African-American to Solo Anchor a Network Weekday Nightly Newscast
Lester Don Holt was born on March 8, 1959. He is an American journalist and musician. He also anchors the “NBC Nightly News” during the week and “NBC’s Today” on weekends, he is also the anchor for Dateline NBC. On June 18th Holt was made the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News after NBC decided to keep Brian Williams (suspended) as MSNBC breaking news anchor, reporter, and fill-in NBC News breaking news anchor and reporter.
His son Stefan Holt, said on Sunday that anchor Lester Holt takes his job, “extremely seriously,” and is undaunted by the controversy surrounding the Brian Williams suspension, he continued with, “Let’s face this, I don’t think anyone would have wanted to get a job under these circumstances, you know, a lot of eyeballs were on this and a lot of questions were surrounding this as well. But at the end of the day, I think this is a chance for my dad to really shine in this role.”
Lester Holt was named the permanent anchor of the Nightly News, Holt is the first solo black anchor of a broadcast network’s flagship nightly newscast. Stefan, a morning anchor for NBC’s station in Chicago, said he and his father are aware of the historical significance.
He continued, “Looking back at history, this is a big moment, but I would say that none of us really define our careers just by race. As a news division, one anchor or one reporter does not define you. If you look at NBC News, it’s a really diverse team. I’m glad my dad’s a part of that diversity; I’m glad to be a part of that, and that we can bring that to homes and families all across the country.”
Holt said, “Last night I found myself laying clothes out like it was the first day of school. It was a strong broadcast when I started filling in for it, and I think we’ll continue to build off our success. It’s a great group of people who have kept their heads down during tough times and continue to crank out a good broadcast, so I’m just happy to be the new steward of it.”
Edited 6/22/15 SCD