He serves as the anchor and managing editor of NBC’s flagship news broadcast. He has also served as principal anchor of “Dateline NBC” since September 2011 and leads NBC News’ special reports, breaking news and primetime political coverage.
Lester Holt is now being recognized for those efforts with his induction into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will be conducted during the 2021 NAB Show, scheduled for October 9–13 in Las Vegas. Holt will accept the honor at the NAB Show Welcome event on Monday, October 11 at 9am Pacific.
Holt joined NBC News in 2000 and served as an anchor of “Newsfront” and “Lester Holt Live,” a daily news show on MSNBC, before becoming co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY” in 2003 and anchored the weekend editions of “NBC Nightly News” beginning in 2007. During his time at NBC News, Holt has moderated presidential debates; reported from breaking news events in the U.S. and abroad including terrorist attacks, natural disasters and civil unrest; anchored numerous specials and investigative series; interviewed national and international newsmakers; and covered every Olympics since the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
“Lester Holt’s integrity, gravitas and dedication make him one of the preeminent journalists in America today,” said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. “Millions of Americans turn to him every day to find out what is happening in their communities and deepen their understanding of the world. We are delighted to recognize his contributions to broadcast journalism by inducting him into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.”
Before joining NBC News, Holt began his television journalism career at local broadcast stations WCBS-2 in New York, KCBS-2 (then KNXT) in Los Angeles and WBBM-2 in Chicago, where he worked for 14 years including as the afternoon and evening news anchor.