Poynter Honors Lester Holt with Lifetime Achievement Award
Lester Holt, the first African American anchor of NBC Nightly News, will be awarded the 2018 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism at Poynter’s annual Bowtie Ball in St. Petersburg, FL in December. The California native joined NBC News in 2000 and is known for his outstanding work in the field, reporting, and anchoring both locally and around the world. He’s covered everything from terrorist attacks in Manchester, Brussels, and Paris to natural disasters in Japan and Haiti. He’s reported on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and led coverage of presidential elections. Holt’s one-on-one with Donald Trump in May 2017 stands as the most consequential interview of the Trump presidency after Trump told Holt that the firing of former FBI head James Comey was tied to the Russia investigation. The 59-year-old joined NBC News after nearly 20 years of working in local TV news at WBBM-TV in Chicago, WCBS-TV in New York City, and sister station KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. The Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement recognizes the outstanding career achievements of a journalist whose work has made a lasting impact serving citizens in our democracy. More here.