Lester Holt is the weekend anchor for the flagship broadcast “NBC Nightly News,” and is also the co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today.” Holt was named Principal Anchor of “Dateline NBC” in September 2011. In addition, Holt serves as fill-in anchor and correspondent for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and the weekday “Today” program. He also contributes to MSNBC, NBC’s 24-hour cable news network.
Holt joined the NBC News family in 2000 and has reported from many of the world’s hot spots. In 2003 he reported from the Kuwait/Iraqi border as US forces prepared to launch their invasion of Iraq. In 2006, he reported from the front lines in Lebanon on the war between Israel and Hezbollah and from London on the terror threat to U.S. bound-airliners from the UK.
In early 2010 Holt traveled to Haiti where he reported on the immediate aftermath and response to the devastating earthquake. In early 2011, Holt reported from the streets of Cairo on the latest political and civil unrest in Egypt. In March 2011, Holt travelled overseas to cover the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan. Other major international stories he has covered include the mysterious 2009 crash of an Air France jetliner over the South Atlantic.
Holt was also among the early wave of reporters to cover the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He was in the same region in 2005 when both hurricanes Katrina and Rita came ashore. Before becoming co-anchor of “Weekend Today,” Holt anchored “Lester Holt Live,” a daily news show on MSNBC in which he covered breaking news and provided news updates and analysis. Holt has also served as the lead anchor for daytime news and breaking news coverage on MSNBC.
He has served as a primary anchor for MSNBC’s coverage of the biggest news events of the last several years, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war in Afghanistan, and he was the lead daytime anchor for MSNBC’s coverage of Decision 2000. Holt also served as anchor of “Countdown: Iraq,” a nightly news telecast concentrating on the latest developments surrounding the war with Iraq, from October 2002 through March 2003. Holt studied government at California State University in Sacramento. He resides in New York City with his wife.