The National Association of Black Journalists named Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News Anchor, the 2016 journalist of the year.
Lester Holt is a dynamic broadcaster who is diligent in his pursuit of the facts and demonstrates a stellar work ethic that shows up in his reporting, which also provides context and superior coverage for television and digital audiences, NABJ President Sarah Glover said. His quiet confidence and low-key demeanor have garnered trust and admiration from both the viewers who watch him every night and from journalists across the country.
“I had the honor of working with Lester for 14 years at WBBM in Chicago, where he was the main anchor, said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ Vice President of Broadcast. His commitment to excellence, his passion for news, his dedication to the community contributed to his success in Chicago. Plus, he’s genuinely a nice guy.”
A prominent journalist with NBC for the past 16 years, Holt has been in the spotlight lately since, in 2015, taking on the coveted role of NBC News nightly anchor, a role previously held by longtime journalist Brian Williams.