The award-winning journalist will accept the honour at the NAB Show Welcome event on Monday, October 11 at 9 am PDT.
Holt serves as the anchor and managing editor of NBC’s flagship news broadcast NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. He has also served as principal anchor of Dateline NBC since September 2011 and leads NBC News’ special reports, breaking news and primetime political coverage.
His other commitments include anchoring Nightly News Kids Edition, a digital newscast aimed to inform and inspire children, which he launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holt joined NBC News in 2000 and served as an anchor of Newsfront and Lester Holt Live, a daily news show on MSNBC, before becoming co-anchor of Weekend TODAY in 2003 and anchored the weekend editions of NBC Nightly News beginning in 2007.
During his time at NBC, Holt has moderated presidential debates; reported from breaking news events stateside and around the globe including terrorist attacks, natural disasters and civil unrest; anchored numerous specials and investigative series; interviewed national and international newsmakers; and covered every Olympics since the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
“Lester Holt’s integrity, gravitas and dedication make him one of the preeminent journalists in America today. Millions of Americans turn to him every day to find out what is happening in their communities and deepen their understanding of the world. We are delighted to recognize his contributions to broadcast journalism by inducting him into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.”
– NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith
He began his career at local broadcast stations WCBS-TV in New York, KCBS-TV (then KNXT) in Los Angeles and WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he worked for 14 years including as the afternoon and evening news anchor.
Named as the “most-trusted television news personality in America” by a recent The Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll, Holt was honoured with the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism in March 2021. His other accolades include the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work on CBS News’ broadcast 48 Hours: No Place Like Home.
The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history.