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Lester Holt (born March 8, 1959) is an American news journalist who anchors the weekend editions of NBC`s Today and Nightly News. From 1981–1982, he was a reporter on WCBS in New York City. In 1982, he became a reporter and weekend anchor on KNXT in Los Angeles, and the next year he returned to WCBS as a reporter and weekend anchor. In 1986, Holt moved to WBBM in Chicago where he spent 14 years anchoring the evening news. Holt not only worked at the anchor desk, but also reported extensively from troubled spots around the world including Iraq, Northern Ireland, Somalia, El Salvador and Haiti. Holt joined MSNBC in 2000. In August 2005, he assumed full-time duties at NBC News, where he became a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today. Holt became a full-time co-anchor of Weekend Today following the untimely death of previous co-anchor David Bloom. Until late 2005, he also anchored a 2-hour daily newscast on MSNBC. On May 9, 2007, Holt was named anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News, succeeding John Seigenthaler. Holt has made cameo appearances in the films The Fugitive (1993); Miracle on 34th Street (1994); and Primal Fear (1996); as well as on television shows like the episode "Red, White, or Blue" of the series Due South, and "Fate" of Early Edition. He also appeared on the episode "Cleveland" of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.
Holt graduated from Cordova High School, Rancho Cordova, California, in 1977, and holds a degree in government from California State University in Sacramento. His grandparents are of Jamaican descent. In his spare time, he plays the bass guitar. He resides in New York City with his wife, Carol, and their two sons, Stefan and Cameron.
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Lester Don Holt, Jr. (born March 8, 1959) is an American journalist. He anchors the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News. He is also the anchor for Dateline NBC. On February 9, 2015, he became the interim weeknight NBC Nightly News anchor, filling in for suspended anchor and managing editor Brian Williams. On June 18, 2015, he was made the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News after NBC decided to keep Brian Williams as MSNBC breaking news anchor and reporter and fill-in NBC News breaking news anchor and reporter.
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Lester Steven Holt Jr.
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