Lester Holt
Courtesy of NBCUniversal
United States
2021

Lester
Holt

Journalist / TV Host

As a pandemic-affected audience had more time to interact with evening-news programs, Holt has tinkered subtly with “NBC Nightly News” and its format. He has led a version of the program just for kids, which originated on YouTube and has occasionally been made available on TV, and has begun delivering short essays at the end of the linear broadcast, trying to give Americans a bit of perspective amid a whirlwind of eyebrow-raising headlines and developments. Holt, who has been a steady presence at NBC News since 2000, also anchors the long-running “Dateline” documentary series. Holt continues to maintain a reputation for being able to anchor hours of programming during moments of national import, with no need for breaks.

Career

  • DATELINE
  • NBC NIGHTLY NEWS
  • WEEKEND TODAY

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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