Born on March 8th 1959, Lester Holt is an American news anchor currently at NBC where he anchors the Weekend edition of Today and Nightly News. He has a long history in journalism as he had started his career as a reporter at WCBS in New York City from 1981 through 1982. Later in 1982 he became a reporter and a Weekend Anchor on KNXT in Los Angeles and later moved back to WBCS in 1983. He then spent 14 years in WBBM in Chicago where he was the Anchor for the evening news. He was responsible for reporting from various locations such as the front lines of Lebanon during the war between Israel and Hezbollah, during Hurricane Katrina from Louisiana and Mississippi.
He assumed full time duties at NBC News in 2005 as a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today. Prior to this, he joined MSNBC in 2000 where he anchored the Lester Holt Live - a daily news show on MSNBC in which he covered breaking news and provided news updates. He also anchored daytime news and breaking news. He also anchored the Countdown: Iraq that focused on the development surrounding the Iraqi war. He was then named the anchor for NBC Nightly News in 2007.
In addition to his responsibilities, Holt has also hosted a number of specials including one for The History Channel about the conspiracy theories surrounding the 9/11. He also served as a sports-desk reporter for NBC sports during the coverage of the 2008 Olympics. He is the host of Dateline on ID, an edition of Dateline NBC that is aired in the Investigation Discovery Network. He has also narrated a documentary on the Sci-Fi Channel on the actual crystal skulls in 2008.
Holt has involved himself in other works such as films. He has made cameo appearance in The Fugitive, Miracle on 34th Street and Primal Fear. On television shows, he has appeared in Due South and Early Edition as well as 30 Rock which airs on NBC. He also announced the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Shows for the USA Network. He has earned a number of awards such as the Robert F. Kennedy journalism for his work on 48 Hours: No Place Like Home.
When it comes to personal life, Holt lives in New York City with his wife Carol and their two sons Stefan and Cameron. He went to Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova California and holds a degree in Government from California State University in Sacramento.