“What I've come to know is that in life, it's not always the questions we ask, but rather our ability to hear the answers that truly enriches our understanding. Never, never stop learning.” – Lester Holt
Born on this date in 1959, Holt anchors the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. Born into a military family, he is a native of California, and has the distinction of being the grandson of Jamaican grandparents on his mother’s side.
Holt said he was enamored with broadcasting even as a teenager and would sit on his bed with a tape recorder and the newspaper reading stories as if on the air. His first “actual” on-air job was as a disc jockey at a Country and Western station while he was in college, but he said the only time he could land a full-time gig was when he was willing to report the news.
When he’s not doing journalism and broadcasting, he loves music and playing his guitar. As for advice to young people, he said, “You never know what doors are going to open up and why they are going to open up. You've always got to be ready to walk through them.”
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