|March 8, 1959|
|Place of Birth|
|Marin County, California, USA|
|Journalist, tv personality|
Lester Don Holt Jr. (born March 8, 1959) is an American journalist and news anchor for the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. On June 18, 2015, Holt was made the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News, making him the first African-American to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast.
Holt is also known for his moderation the first Presidential debate of 2016, and was praised for his role in fact-checking false statements made by both the candidates. President Donald Trump later expressed his approval of Holt's moderation during the debate, noting that he "thought it was very fair".
Holt was born in Marin County, California, the son of June (DeRozario) and Lester Don Holt, Sr. His maternal grandparents are of Jamaican descent. His maternal grandfather was of half English and half Indian descent.
He graduated from Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova in 1977 and majored in government at California State University, Sacramento, though he never graduated. In 2012, Holt told American Profile news magazine: "My first on-air job was actually as a disc jockey at a Country and Western station. The only time I could land a full-time gig was if I was willing to report the news." Holt would keep the job with the radio station through his college years.
|Height||6 ft 3 in / 188 cm|
|Weight||187 lb / 85 kg|
|Shoe (Feet) Size||–|
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|Race / ethnicity||Black|