America’s Most Trusted News Anchors Are …

Anderson Cooper humbles Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow, while Lester Holt is the standout in a new THR/Morning Consult poll.


Week of Jan. 8 Evening News: ‘World News Tonight’ No. 1

ABC World News Tonight, with David Muir, continues to win the evening news ratings race, with all three network newscasts delivering week-to-week total viewer gains, but losing Adults 25-54.

Evening-News Battle: NBC’s ‘Nightly’ Makes Key Gains Against ABC’s ‘World’

Lester Holt may be turning up more frequently in David Muir‘s rear-view mirror. During Muir’s tenure at World News Tonight, the ABC broadcast has done something most TV programs cannot do in the streaming era: Add new linear viewers. Yet in recent weeks one of the evening-news program’s competitors has nibbled at its lead in a crucial category of viewer.

NBC’s Lester Holt, Kristen Welker To Moderate Third GOP Debate

The NBC Nightly News anchor and Meet the Press host will be joined as referees of Republican party candidates in Miami by Hugh Hewitt of the Salem Radio Network.

NBC News’ Lester Holt Headlines 37th Annual NAMIC Conference

Lester Holt Receives The Media Institute’s 2022 Freedom Of Speech Award

On Wednesday, the longtime NBC Newser and Nightly News anchor received the 2022 Freedom of Speech Award from The Media Institute.

Media Institute To Honor Lester Holt, Ken Burns

Lester Holt Inducted Into NAB Achievement In Broadcasting Hall Of Fame

Holt was at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas over the weekend to accept the honor, telling event attendees, “I have so much respect for this medium [broadcast television] and so much belief in its future,” adding, “And yes, the media landscape is rapidly evolving but broadcast programs remain important touchstones in our culture, our society, holding true to a legacy of excellence and integrity while always peeking around the corner of technology to deliver to our audiences where they are and how they consume our work and product.”

Lester Holt To Interview President Biden During NBC Super Bowl Pregame Show

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will interview Biden in Virginia on Thursday, with excerpts to air that evening on Nightly News and Friday morning on Today. The full interview will air during the Super Bowl pregame show at an exact time to be determined. The interview will be Biden’s first of 2022, and his first formal interview since marking one year in office.

Holt Wins National Press Club’s Top Award, Addresses Criticism of Media

“Gas lighting has penetrated the mainstream,” Holt said. “We can help fill that space between what people say and what they know – in their hearts and what feels good to believe versus what doesn’t.”

Lester Holt To Receive The National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award

NBC Brands Lester Holt As ‘The Anchor For America’ In Olympics Promotional Push

Lester Holt And Producer Kim Cornett On Why Their 21-Year Partnership Has Been So Successful

Lester Holt To Join NAB Hall of Fame

The anchor and managing editor of NBC’s flagship news broadcast NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will be inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Oct. 11 during the 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Lester Holt Adds Managing Editor Title At ‘NBC Nightly News’

Lester Holt has been named managing editor of NBC Nightly News, which he has anchored since 2015. The announcement of the managing editor title was made by NBC News President Noah Oppenheim. Holt also is said to have signed a contract extension, something that is typical when new titles are announced. Oppenheim wrote in a memo to staffers that “in recognition of Lester’s role driving every aspect of the Nightly News broadcast, he has been named managing editor of Nightly, effective immediately.”

NBC’s Lester Holt Warns Media Against Giving ‘Platform For Misinformation’

Lester Holt, the anchor of NBC Nightly News, argued Tuesday that news organizations and the journalists they employ should do everything they can to call out misinformation permeating the political media ecosystem and separate facts from falsehoods forcefully to combat that trend.

NBC’s Holt Adds Empathetic Commentaries To News Anchor Role

The NBC Nightly News anchor frequently ends his broadcasts now with commentaries, an unusual departure for network evening newscasts that have more than a half century’s track record of playing it straight. Holt’s essays, many of them pleas for unity in troubled times, can seem mild to viewers used to the rhetorical warfare of cable news. He says he’s filling a need for voices of empathy in public life.

Lester Holt Get First Post-Election Biden Interview

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will speak with President-elect Joe Biden in an exclusive interview, Biden’s first since clinching the presidency. The interview will air during Nightly News on Tuesday, and it will tape in Wilmington, Del., earlier in the day.

Lester Holt To Moderate Live Town Hall With Biden On Oct. 5

Defining The Mission Of Network Newscasts

For the past several months, the national evening newscasts have been the most-watched television programs in the country. The nation has turned its eyes by the millions to trusted anchors Lester Holt (NBC), Norah O’Donnell (CBS) and David Muir (ABC) to get the latest information on the coronavirus. And now another story — the death of George Floyd and the following protests — has gripped the nation, making the evening news as critical as ever. The three anchors address the question: What is the mission of the nightly news in these times?


Anchoring During The Pandemic: ‘It Hits You’

The network evening news has seen a resurgence during the coronavirus pandemic with an average of 30 million people watching the nightly half-hour telecasts on ABC, CBS and NBC in recent weeks. Around 10 million of them have been turning to Lester Holt, anchor of the NBC Nightly News, who is among the many TV news personalities working from home to protect them from the pandemic. Holt talks about how his job has changed with the massive story.

Lester Holt To Anchor Live Virus Special

Coronavirus Pandemic special to air Thursday, March 19, at 10 pm ET across NBC, MSNBC, streaming service NBC News NOW and Telemundo Digital.

NBC News Sets Moderators For Dem Debate

Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc and the Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston will moderate the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, sponsored by NBC News and MSNBC.

Lester Holt’s Path To The Top Of TV News

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt calls his reporting “respectful and respectfully persistent” and says his race doesn’t factor into how he covers stories. “There has been no sense of, ‘I’m a black anchor and therefore we’re going to do black stories,’ ” he says.

Holt Spends 2 Nights In Prison For News Show

A sobering trip inside Louisiana State Penitentiary frames Friday’s Dateline NBC report about 1990s-era “tough on crime” legislation and what it has meant for society today. The show is repeated Sunday night on MSNBC, along with a Holt-moderated town hall meeting from inside another well-known prison, New York’s Sing Sing.

Lester Holt Moonlights As A Rocker

NBC’s Lester Holt To Get Cronkite Award

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University is awarding its 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to Lester Holt, news anchor for NBC. Holt has anchored NBC’s flagship “Nightly […]

Poll: Holt Best Among NBC Debate Anchors

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, who was viewed by Americans as the most trusted anchor in television last fall, made a strong impression on the 1,860 respondents who participated in a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult survey on last week’s Democratic presidential candidate debates.

NBC’s Holt, Colleagues To Moderate Dem Debate

The debate, shown on NBC News networks, will unfold over two nights in Miami on June 26 and June 27. For each night, Holt will anchor the first hour, where he’ll be joined by Savannah Guthrie of Today show and Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo. The second hour will feature MSNBC opinion host Rachel Maddow and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd.

Donald Trump Rips TV News Chiefs

President Donald Trump set aside his complaints about tech companies and foreign leaders, at least for the moment, to return to his comfort zone of blasting the TV news business. In three morning tweets the president said the “hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN has clouded their thinking and made them unable to function.” He also ripped into NBC News, anchor Lester Holt and president Andy Lack.

Holt Proves Steadying Presence At NBC News

Lester Holt, 58, exudes an aura of calm on the set, so much so that it’s surprising to hear him talk candidly about how tough it was to replace Brian Williams as NBC News’ chief anchor. Two years removed from that drama, he’s in a tight battle for supremacy with ABC’s David Muir for viewers and advertising dollars in the dinner hour.


NBC’s Holt Is RTDNA’s Paul White Winner

The anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will be honored for a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference on Sept. 8.

DePaul To Honor NBC’s Lester Holt

Making News: Q&A With Pelley, Holt, Muir

ABC’s David Muir, CBS’s Scott Pelley and NBC’s Lester Holt sat down last week in New York with Variety for a candid conversation about the news business. Among their observations: Pelley: “Our job is unchanged. Find the facts, present the truth, let the audience know what our process is.” Muir: “I think one of the challenges we’re facing right now is that what the president says is often different from what his staff members will tell us.” Holt: “Sometimes I think about our short attention spans these days, it’s like the evening news shows were kind of ahead of their game. Now, 30 minutes is actually a pretty good time.”

NBC’s Holt Worked To Keep Control Of Debate

Lester Holt asked questions about job creation and home-grown terrorism in Monday’s first debate, and also hit on specific issues regarding the birther controversy, Trump’s decision not to release his tax returns and Clinton’s email scandal. The sole journalist onstage, Holt was responsible for the questions asked and for steering the conversation.

A Moment Of Truth For Debate Moderators

News outlets and fact-checking sites can separate truth from fable after a debate, but it falls to the moderator to interject in the moment when a candidate lies.


As Debate Nears, Spotlight Is On Lester Holt

Dylan Byers: “On Monday, the NBC Nightly News anchor will preside over what may be the most highly anticipated presidential debate in American history. If Holt does anything less than a perfect job, he will likely be pilloried like Matt Lauer and the CNBC anchors before him. But if he gives a command performance, he will, at least for a moment, be a national icon.”

Presidential Debate Moderators Announced

NBC’s Lester Holt will moderate the first scheduled presidential debate on Sept. 26. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are doing the second and Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace the third.

NBC’s Lester Holt Accepts NABJ Award

Lester Holt, the first solo African-American evening anchor on a weekday network newscast, accepted the 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) […]

NABJ Names Lester Holt Journalist of the Year