Lester Holt was originally scheduled to sit in the NBC Nightly News anchor chair for six months while Brian Williams served out his suspension, according to CNN Money.
But now that it appears that Williams is unlikely to return, it is increasingly likely that Holt will remain in the anchor chair, writes the news outlet.
Negotiations between NBC executives and Williams’ attorney are focused on two potential paths: a new role for Williams, or an exit from the network.
Either path leaves Holt in the anchor chair — unless NBC surprises everyone and risks destabilizing the newscast by appointing a new anchor. (Calling that scenario exceedingly unlikely is an understatement.)
So Holt, through the worst of circumstances, is stepping up to one of the best jobs in television journalism.
Holt, 55, who joined NBC in 2000, used to work a grueling weekend schedule, the news site says, anchoring the morning and evening newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays along with Dateline and various other weekday assignments. But for the past several months, he has been working the Nightly News shift Monday through Friday, the report notes. He also worked at MSNBC.
According to NBC News:
The award-winning broadcast journalist came to MSNBC from WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he spent 14 years. His duties at WBBM-TV included anchoring the evening news. Holt not only worked at the anchor desk in Chicago, but he also reported extensively from trouble spots around the world including Iraq, Northern Ireland, Somalia, El Salvador and Haiti. He has contributed to the CBS News broadcast “48 Hours,” earning a 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award for his work on “48 Hours: No Place Like Home.” In 2010, Holt was part of the “Today” anchor team that won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program.
Previously, Holt worked as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City from 1981-82. In 1982 he transferred to sister station KCBS-TV (then KNXT) in Los Angeles as a reporter and weekend anchor and returned to WCBS-TV a year later as a reporter and weekend anchor.
Holt studied government at California State University in Sacramento. He resides in New York City with his wife.
And like Williams, Holt is known for his sense of humor. Check out his Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” cover, which even he acknowledges sounds, uh, creepy.
Our fingers are crossed for Chi-town’s veteran newsman!
SOURCE: CNN Money | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN
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