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Lester Holt

Anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" & "Dateline NBC"

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 Lester Holt Biography

Lester Holt is an American broadcast journalist who serves as the anchor of "NBC Nightly News." He was the first black person to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast.

Holt dropped out of California State University in 1979 to work at a San Francisco radio station. Two years later he launched a 19-year career with CBS, beginning as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City. After one year there, he joined Los Angeles-based CBS affiliate TV station KNXT as a reporter and anchor. However, he returned to WCBS-TV in 1983, resuming work as a reporter and adding anchor duties. In 1986 Holt became the evening anchor for WBBM-TV, the CBS station in Chicago, where he remained until he left CBS in 2000 to join MSNBC. He contributed to the CBS News broadcast "48 Hours," earning a 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work on "48 Hours: No Place Like Home."

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. 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.

In 2003 he reported from the Kuwait/Iraqi border as US forces prepared to launch their invasion of Iraq. In early 2010, Holt traveled to Haiti where he reported on the immediate aftermath and response to the devastating earthquake. In March 2011, Holt traveled overseas to cover the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan. 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.

He was named Principal Anchor of "Dateline" in September 2011. Holt served as the weekend anchor for the flagship broadcast "NBC Nightly News," and as the co-anchor of the weekend edition of "Today." He also contributed to MSNBC, NBC's 24-hour cable news network. In 2010, Holt was part of the "Today" anchor team that won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program. In addition, he served as fill-in anchor and correspondent for "NBC Nightly News" with Brian Williams before assuming the position of lead anchor in 2015, a role he has held since.

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    Booking fees for Lester Holt, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lester Holt, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lester Holt for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lester Holt for your next private or corporate function.
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Lester Holt

Anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" & "Dateline NBC"

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Lester Holt Biography

Lester Holt is an American broadcast journalist who serves as the anchor of "NBC Nightly News." He was the first black person to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast.

Holt dropped out of California State University in 1979 to work at a San Francisco radio station. Two years later he launched a 19-year career with CBS, beginning as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City. After one year there, he joined Los Angeles-based CBS affiliate TV station KNXT as a reporter and anchor. However, he returned to WCBS-TV in 1983, resuming work as a reporter and adding anchor duties. In 1986 Holt became the evening anchor for WBBM-TV, the CBS station in Chicago, where he remained until he left CBS in 2000 to join MSNBC. He contributed to the CBS News broadcast "48 Hours," earning a 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work on "48 Hours: No Place Like Home."

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. 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.

In 2003 he reported from the Kuwait/Iraqi border as US forces prepared to launch their invasion of Iraq. In early 2010, Holt traveled to Haiti where he reported on the immediate aftermath and response to the devastating earthquake. In March 2011, Holt traveled overseas to cover the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan. 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.

He was named Principal Anchor of "Dateline" in September 2011. Holt served as the weekend anchor for the flagship broadcast "NBC Nightly News," and as the co-anchor of the weekend edition of "Today." He also contributed to MSNBC, NBC's 24-hour cable news network. In 2010, Holt was part of the "Today" anchor team that won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program. In addition, he served as fill-in anchor and correspondent for "NBC Nightly News" with Brian Williams before assuming the position of lead anchor in 2015, a role he has held since.

Lester Holt Videos

  • Gala 2019 - Lester Holt
  • Lester Holt Accepts the 2018 Taishoff Award
  • Lester Holt - Taking the News to Small-Town America | The Daily Show

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  • How to book Lester Holt?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lester Holt for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Lester Holt, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lester Holt or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lester Holt?

    Booking fees for Lester Holt, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lester Holt, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lester Holt?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lester Holt for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lester Holt for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lester Holt or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lester Holt or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lester Holt is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lester Holt for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Lester Holt generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Van Jones, Ben Stein, Forrest Sawyer, Bill Maher and Joan Lunden. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lester Holt for an upcoming event.

Lester Holt Speaker Videos

  • Gala 2019 - Lester Holt
    Lester Holt Accepts the 2018 Taishoff Award
  • Lester Holt - Taking the News to Small-Town America | The Daily Show
    Lester Holt at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Greater Philadelphia ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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