Lester Holt Biography

Lester holt is a resident of California, US, a journalist and news anchor by profession. He is a notable employee at weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. Holt willingly followed the footsteps of Max Robinson, an ABC News evening co-anchor who led him to become the first African-American to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast. He is well known for his presidential debate of 2016 where he was praised and honored by The Washington Post columnists.

Early Life

March 8, 1959, is the date when the legend Lester Holt was born. His heart and soul belong to Hamilton Air Force Base, Marin Country, California. His maternal grandfather and grandmother were natives of Jamaica and this is the exact place where his mother was born. Lester belongs to Jamaican roots as his father Mr. Lester Don Holt Sr. belongs from there. He is also a part-time musician to calm his soul down when needed, though he didn’t pursue music as a profession.

In 1977, when Holt was in his teens, he got graduated from Cordova High School, Rancho Cordova. Though he never graduated from California State University, Sacramento, he mastered government. During his college years, he did a job at the radio station to keep up with the funds. His grip was always good in academics, which is why is got he dreamed fulfilled to be a spontaneous journalist.

Lester Holt Career

Lester Holt started his actual journey as a journalist in 2012 where he had his first on-air job as a disc jockey at a country and western station. Back then, he got his first leap in 1981, when WCBS-TV, New York City, hired him as a reporter. Followed by KNXT, Los Angeles in 1982, where he became reporter and weekend anchor. After four years of accomplishing objectives for the firm and polishing his rough edges, he then moved to WBBM-TV, Chicago in 1986, were served for a long period of 14 years. Due to his spontaneous nature, then he got into MSNBC, in 2000.

After all this breakthrough, he served himself for full-time duties at NBC News, in 2003, where he got fortunate and honored as a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today. Lately, in 2005, he also served himself at MSNBC for a two-hour daily newscast. And after these stepping stones and struggle that he made on 9th May 2007, Holt successfully named anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News. In addition to that, Holt also served as a sports desk reporter for NBC Sports and covered the 2008 Summer Olympics.

He is a magnificent reporter as he worked not only as an anchor but also extensively reported the troubled sports including Iraq, Northern Ireland, Somalia, EI Salvador, and Haiti. In 2019, he won Walter Cronkite Award for his excellence and jaw-dropping performance in journalism. Recently in 2020, he was honored for Honorary Doctorate from Rutgers University. Lately, he has been honored with a huge number of awards for his dedication and experience.

Lester Holt Biography

Real Name Lester Don Holt Jr.
Birth Date March 08, 1959
Age 61 Years
Birth Place San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality American
Profession Journalist, News Anchor
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Pisces

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimetres – 182 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 00 kg  –  in Pounds –  000 lbs
Chest Size 42 Inches
Waist Size 32 Inches
Biceps Size 15 Inches
Shoe Size 10 (U.S.)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Slim


Father Lester Don Holt, Sr.
Mother June DeRozario
Sister Not Available
Brother Not Available


School Cordova High School
College California State University, Sacramento

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is he a Gay? No
Wife Carol Hagen (1982)
Children 2 (Stefan Holt, Cameron Holt)

Favorite Things

Olympic Host Cities Athens, Vancouver
Favorite Food Enchiladas
Favorite Destination Paris
Favorite Cuisine Mexican

Personal Life

Holt tied the knot with his beloved wife, Carol Hagen, and started a happy family. They reside in Manhattan along with their two sons namely, Stefan and Cameron. As it is said genes pass to generation, Stefan graduated from Pepperdine University in 2009 and served as a morning news anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV in Chicago. After 7 years of full training and polishing the rough edges he finally got to the stage where his father was a few years back.

He got on the same floor as his father at Nightly News when joining WNBC and eventually he served veteran Chuck Scarborough as the anchor of the station’s 11 p.m. news broadcast. As per sources, there is no such thing mentioned anywhere in the records which bring to our concerns. But as he is a supernova journalist, controversies are his forte.

Lester Holt Net Worth

Doubtlessly as his remarkable journey as a fantastic journalist is the biggest net worth he carries. According to sources his estimated salary per year is around $10 Million while his total estimated net worth is $35 Million. The main source of Holt’s income is doubtlessly journalism.


  • He is remarked as the first African-American to solo anchor for the firm.
  • Holt has been active and giving his heart and soul to journalism since 1981 till now.
  • He used to be on television on CBS News (1981-2000) and on NBC News (2000-present).
  • He represented the political party namely Republican (2003-2018) and Independent (2018-present).

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