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Sunday, March 8, 2020

'Hearing' and Reporting the Answers

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

Journalists strive for the tags of honor and trust.  The late Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow are two that come almost instantly to mind.  And a current broadcaster who fits those criteria is NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, born in California on this date in 1959.    
      Holt started broadcasting as a disk jockey for a Country Western radio station while also studying full time at California State University in Sacramento.   After a series of jobs at smaller stations around the state, he joined NBC News in 2000, starting as a general reporter, then to the Weekend News and Dateline anchor positions.  He’s been NBC Nightly News anchor since 2015, leading the network into the number position with his thoughtful and integrity-filled news presentation and analysis.

“As Americans, we rightfully place tremendous value on having a free and independent press,” Holt said.  “Our role as journalists is to give voice to the voiceless, and hold our leaders and institutions accountable.  But the circle is only completed when that information is consumed by a free-thinking and engaged audience.”

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