Lester Holt dropped out of Sacramento State University to take his first journalism job with an all-news radio station in San Francisco. Holt would drive around the city while listening to police and fire scanners. He is the anchor of NBC Nightly News, as of 2015, replacing Brian Williams.
Holt landed his first major TV anchor job in 1986 in Chicago. He joined MSNBC in 2000, and during his time with NBC, he served as the weekend anchor for the Today Show, for the Saturday and Sunday editions of NBC Nightly News, and as the anchor for Dateline.
Lester Holt was born on an Air Force Base in Marin County, California. He is an avid bass player and keeps a bass and a small amplifier in his office. Holt has been playing the bass since junior high and is good enough to have performed with such bands as The Steve Miller Band and Earth, Wind, & Fire on the Today Show. He has been known to have played a stand-up bass at jazz clubs in Manhattan.
Holt lives in Manhattan with his wife Carol and he keeps an apartment in Los Angeles. He and his wife have two grown sons, one of which is following in his father's footsteps as an morning news anchor in Chicago, as of 2015.