Lester Holt named ‘Dateline’ anchor

Journo takes new role Sept. 23

With Ann Curry taking over Meredith Vieira’s spot at NBC News’ “Today,” Lester Holt has been named anchor of crime-centric newsmag “Dateline NBC.” Holt’s promotion is effective starting Sept. 23, which will also mark the beginning of the show’s 20th season.

In the new position, Holt will both anchor the program and continue to serve as correspondent alongside Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb and others. He’ll also keep his weekend spots on “NBC Nightly News” as anchor, and “Today” as co-anchor.

At NBC News, Holt has covered subjects as far-ranging as the invasion of Iraq and the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan, along with “Dateline” segs exploring domestic issues such as school violence.

Holt said that he enjoyed the push-and-pull of a busy schedule, and that he was looking forward to more responsibility. “That was part of the discussion, when I was offered this opportunity — how much can I handle,” Holt admitted. “‘Nightly News’ and weekend ‘Today are’ near and dear to me. I have my extracurriculars — I produce for other networks; Syfy and CNBC and Discovery sometimes, and I’m going to have to rework that part of my life.”

Still, Holt said that there were advantages to working multiple jobs within a single news org. “A lot of times we work across multiple platforms,” he said. “We’ll go to Japan working on the tsunami for ‘Nightly News’ and it’ll end up on ‘Dateline.'”