×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lester Holt Dives Into Harvey Flood Coverage for NBC News

After many years as a reporter, Lester Holt knows there are no opportunities for a dry run when you’re trying to cover a flood.

Holt has been in and around flood-ravaged parts of Texas since Friday night, holding forth from places like Corpus Christi and Rockport while delivering reports on both “Today” and “NBC Nightly News” on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He is the only one of the three broadcast-network evening-news anchors to make the journey (CBS’ Norah O’Donnell is the only anchor of the three broadcast-network morning programs to travel to Texas for on-the-spot coverage. She is expected to co-anchor “CBS Evening News” on Monday evening).

“This is what I do,” said Holt during a phone interview while on the ground in a Houston neighborhood, noting that he seeks “any chance I can get to get away from the set during a big story.” For Holt, it’s a return to his roots. He once hustled around San Francisco in a Ford Granada to get to stories quickly, and became known for a time as “the fastest mike in the West.” Now, in Houston, he acknowledged he was “a little soggy” while he and an NBC News team were trying to suss out potential stories to cover for the day: the arrival of more emergency respondents from outside the region to help people; the release of water from a local dam; the results of mandatory evacuations taking place in the area; and, of course, efforts made by local people to help their neighbors.

He and his crew get tips by talking to emergency personnel and staffers at local TV affiliates, but the news of the day “is not hard to find.” Holt is not sure how long he will stay on the scene, noting that President Trump is expected at present to visit Texas on Tuesday to survey the damage. “We will see where the story takes us,” he said.

The story has some TV-news outlets pivoting from an endless parade of stories swirling out of coverage of the Trump administration to something that is decidedly not political: a natural disaster that has far-reaching effects on a region of vital economic importance to the nation.

Holt is not alone, traveling with a crew and working with many other NBC News and MSNBC correspondents to deliver the story. The news outlets have five correspondents in Houston alone, along with reporters stationed in Galveston, Dickinson, Victoria and Corpus Christi. Since his arrival, he has interviewed a Houston shop owner who lost everything in the storm; people using boats to help neighbors; and a man wading through water to retrieve medicine for his wife.

Other news outlets have also scrambled to cover the Harvey aftermath, which is likely to affect one of America’s biggest cities for years to come. CBS expanded “CBS This Morning” by an extra hour Monday morning and has said it will expand “CBS Evening News” to an hour later today. Fox News Channel launched its early-morning show, “Fox & Friends First,” at 4 a.m. Monday, an hour earlier than usual, and expects to present live coverage of the scene throughout Monday. CNN has reporters stationed in Houston, Dallas, Galveston, and Lake Charles, Louisiana. Tom Llamas, the weekend anchor for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” will anchor tonight’s broadcast, slated to focus on the hurricane, from Houston, Texas.

More TV

  • Writer-Director Dominik Moll on Series Mania

    Writer-Director Dominik Moll on Series Mania Competition Contender ‘Eden’

    LILLE, France — “I must down to the seas again,” Amaré, an teen African illegal immigrant, reads aloud in a poetry lesson at a refugee center near the beach in Greece. Thoughts of wander-lust seen comically out of place. Amaré has just been seen in the prolog to “Eden” leaping out of a dinghy beaching [...]

  • John Simm Talks ‘Cold Courage' as

    John Simm Talks ‘Cold Courage' as Lionsgate Boards International Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

    John Simm plays a rabble-rousing populist politician in “Cold Courage,” and Lionsgate has stepped up and taken international rights to the series. Based on the series of novels by Pekka Hiltunen, the drama is billed as the biggest yet out of Finland and will bow on the Viaplay streaming service in Scandinavia. With a cast [...]

  • "Raven's Home" Executive Producer, Eunetta Boone.

    Eunetta Boone, Showrunner and Creator of 'One on One,' Dies at 63

    Writer-producer Eunetta Boone, creator of the UPN comedy “One on One” and showrunner of Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home,” died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 63. Boone was found dead at her home of an apparent heart attack. Boone had most recently worked as showrunner on the third season of the Disney [...]

  • Global Sales for ‘Les Miserables’ Series

    Global Sales for ‘Les Miserables’ Starring Dominic West Ahead of Series Mania

    The BBC and Masterpiece adaptation of “Les Miserables” will play on a numerous international channels after a raft of deals were sealed for the series, which features Dominic West, David Oyelowo, and Lily Collins. Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic has been acquired by broadcasters in Scandinavia and southern Europe, and by several buyers [...]

  • Kevin Hart

    TV News Roundup: Kevin Hart Netflix Comedy Special Drops First Trailer

    In today’s roundup, Netflix releases the official trailer for the comedy special “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible” and Josh Charles joins Showtime’s Roger Ailes series “The Loudest Voice.” DATES Season two of “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner, will premiere on Paramount Network on June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The sophomore season will continue the story of rancher John Dutton [...]

  • adidas game of thrones

    5 New 'Game of Thrones' Collaborations Coming in Time for the Final Season

    Some of the biggest lifestyle brands in the world are jumping on the “Game of Thrones” bandwagon this spring, hoping to capitalize on the fandom and popularity of the HBO hit, as it enters its eighth and final season. From sneakers to spirits, these officially-licensed collaborations extend the characters and colors of the show beyond [...]

  • Nicole Richie

    Nicole Richie Joins Fox Comedy Pilot 'Richard Lovely'

    Nicole Richie has been cast in a series regular role in the Fox single-cam comedy pilot “Richard Lovely.” The project follows Richard Lovely (Thomas Lennon), the disgruntled author of the best-selling children’s book series, “Mr. Mouse.” He doesn’t hate children, but rather just everything about them. After a publicity fiasco involving an unexpectedly savvy 9-year-old [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content