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.
NBC’s Holt Is RTDNA’s Paul White Winner
The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the winner of the 2017 Paul White Award, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism: Lester Holt of NBC News.
“At a time when journalism has faced unprecedented challenges, Lester Holt remains a trusted and steady voice,” said Vincent Duffy, chairman of RTDNA. “We’re proud to recognize his work, his decades of dedication to our profession and his commitment to seeking and speaking the truth.”
The award will be presented on Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m. PT at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference, at the Anaheim (Calif.) Marriott. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.
Holt anchors the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, the network’s flagship broadcast and America’s most-watched evening newscast. Holt was named to the role in June 2015 after eight years as anchor of NBC Nightly News weekend editions and 12 years as co-anchor of Weekend Today. In addition, Holt has served as principal anchor of Dateline NBC since September 2011.
Holt joined NBC News in 2000 and has a broad background in the field, reporting and anchoring from breaking news events across the world. In May 2017, he anchored Nightly News from Jerusalem during President Trump’s first international trip and reported from Manchester following the terrorist attack at a concert. In April 2017, he interviewed a senior North Korean defector and had rare access to U.S. military operations in South Korea.
He has reported from Brussels and Paris on the terrorist attacks that took place across Europe in 2015 and 2016. Previously, Holt anchored from South Africa during the Nelson Mandela memorial service; reported from the streets of Cairo on the latest political and civil unrest in Egypt during the Arab Spring; covered the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan; and reported on the immediate aftermath and response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Before becoming co-anchor of Weekend Today, 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 been the lead anchor for daytime news and breaking news coverage on MSNBC. He came to MSNBC from NBC-owned WBBM Chicago, where he spent 14 years.
He has earned the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Daytime Emmy Award and received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation in 2014.