Lester Holt is a big-time news guy from the USA. He’s the main guy on NBC’s Nightly News since June 18, 2015. He also does a show called Dateline NBC about real legal stuff.

How Old Is Lester Holt?

Lester Holt, born on March 8, 1959, in Marin County, near San Francisco, California, USA, is currently 65 years old.

Lester Holt’s Parents & Siblings

Lester was born as Lester Don Holt Jr. to his parents Lester Don Holt Sr. and June (formerly DeRozario).

Moreover, the media star was the youngest among his siblings, totaling three. Lester has roots from Jamaica, as his grandparents on his father’s side hailed from there.


The Fugitive alum went to Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova and finished in 1977. After that, he went to California State University, Sacramento, planning to study government.

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Lester Holt went to Cordova High School.
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But in 1979, he left and started working at a radio station in San Francisco.

How Rich Lester Holt Is? His Net Worth & Salary

The TV star Holt, the famous American journalist and news anchor, has a lot of money – about $35 million. Every year, NBC pays him $10 million as a salary for his excellent job on NBC Nightly News and other important shows.

He’s not just rich from his job; he’s also made smart choices with his money, like investing and owning real estate. By being really good at his job and making clever investments, Lester has become one of the richest news anchors in America.

Is Lester Holt Married? Who Is His Wife?

The renowned personage Lester is married to Carol Hagen Holt, who works as a licensed real estate salesperson in New York City.

Meanwhile, the celebrity wife’s goal, according to her Corcoran Real Estate Firm profile, is to make the process of buying and selling real estate enjoyable and informative for her customers. Before this, she worked as a flight attendant in the travel industry.

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Lester Holt with his family.
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They met in 1980 and began dating. Once, when they were on their way to a date, Lester was called by the radio station where he worked to report on a forest fire in the Napa Valley. Instead of canceling their plans, they turned the fire report into their date. Likewise, the love birds got married in 1982.

Carol said,

“I thought, ‘Wow, I’ve never been invited to go on a breaking news story before. A forest fire — that could be considered a hot date!’ So I said, ‘I’m game.’ I guess I knew what I was getting myself into with Lester and his career.”

Do You Know Lester Holt Is The Father Of Two Kids?

Holt and his wife have two sons named Stefan and Cameron. Stefan is a journalist who graduated from Pepperdine University in California in 2009. He started as a correspondent for the college news network Palestra.net and later worked as a weekend anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate WPBF/25 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Similarly, in 2011, Stefan joined WMAQ as a reporter, eventually becoming a morning news anchor. He is married to Morgan, and they have two sons together, Samuel and Henry.

However, in August 2020, the star’s son, Stefan announced on Instagram that he was leaving New York and returning to his hometown of Chicago to work at NBC station WMAQ/5. He said,

“After several amazing years at NBC New York, my wife and I have decided to return to our roots in Chicago. It’s where I grew up, and it’s where we want to raise our two boys. I’ll still be with NBC, and I’m excited to reconnect with all my friends at NBC Chicago in a few weeks.”

Let’s Have A Closure At Lester Holt’s Career As A Journalist

The Primal Fear host Lester’s first job in radio was as a DJ at a Country and Western station. Then in 1981, he started working as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City. The next year, he became a weekend anchor and reporter for KNXT, a TV station in Los Angeles. SEe another journalist Jose Diaz-Balart.

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Lester Holt is a news anchor at Nightly News.
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Moreover, the big name went back to WCBS-TV in 1983 as a weekend anchor and reporter. In 1986, he moved to WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he anchored the evening news for 14 years. During this time, he reported from places like Ireland, Somalia, Iraq, Northern El Salvador, and Haiti.

In 2000, after nearly 20 years at CBS, Holt joined MSNBC. He took on important roles at NBC News, filling in as a substitute anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News. He also co-anchored Weekend Today after David Bloom passed away.

Until 2005, the TV anchor hosted a daily news program on MSNBC. Then in 2007, he became the full-time anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News, a job he held for 8 years.

In 2013, he filled in for Brian Williams as a weekday anchor. When Brian was suspended in 2015, Lester took over as the interim anchor of the weekday NBC Nightly News.

Meanwhile, the Warehouse 13 star became the permanent anchor later that year, making history as the first African-American solo anchor of a weekday nightly newscast.

In addition, Lester has also anchored Dateline NBC since 2006 and its spinoff on Investigation Discovery. He’s hosted TV specials on The History Channel and worked as a sports reporter for NBC Sports during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

In 2016, the household name moderated presidential debates, and the next year, he interviewed President Donald Trump. Though he was a Republican during the 2016 debate, Lester became politically independent in 2018.

Lester Holt In Hollywood

The talented Holt has made appearances in movies like The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, and Primal Fear. He’s also been in TV shows like Early Edition and House of Cards.

Likewise, in some TV series, the media star played himself, like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Due South. He also had roles in Early Edition, Warehouse 13, and a sitcom called 30 Rock.

To add more, Lester did a voice-over in a 30 Rock episode called “Sandwich Day.” He announced the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on the USA Network in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

What’s more, the journalist was a narrator in a documentary called Mystery of the Crystal Skulls on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2008. Lester has also been featured in Making Music magazine.

What Is Lester Holt’s Ethnicity?

Well, Lester’s dad is African American, and his mom is from Jamaica. Lester said on a TV show in 2012 that his mom’s parents were from Jamaica and got married there.

Also, the media star also mentioned that his mom’s dad came from Calcutta in India and his mom’s mom was English. Similarly, Edson Jeune is also of African-American origin.

Is Lester Holt Available On Social Media?

Yes, the American news anchor is active on social media. You can find him on Twitter with the handle @nbcnightlynews with over 526 thousand followers. He uses this account to share updates and news from NBC Nightly News, the show he hosts.

Not only on Twitter, but he is also available on Instgaram with the username @lesterholtnbc with over 219 thousand followers. Also, he has an official Facebook page.

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