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Lester Holt Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Lester Holt Quick Info
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 76 kg
Date of Birth March 8, 1959
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Spouse Carol Hagen

Lester Holt is an award-winning American journalist and news anchor who is well-known as the presenter of NBC Nightly News (2015-Present) and Dateline NBC (2011-Present). He has more than 600k followers on Twitter and more than 200k followers on Instagram and over 300k followers on Facebook.

Born Name

Lester Don Holt Jr.

Nick Name

Iron Pants

American journalist Lester Holt
American journalist Lester Holt (Ninian Reid / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

San Francisco, California, United States


New York City, New York, United States


Los Angeles, California, United States





Lester went to college for 2 years. However, he has 2 honorary doctorate degrees from Pepperdine University and California State University, Sacramento.


Journalist, News Anchor


  • Father – Lester Don Holt, Sr. (Worked in Air Force)
  • Mother –¬†June DeRozario
  • Siblings – He has 3 older siblings.




6 ft 2 in or 188 cm


76 kg or 167.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Lester has dated –

  1. Carol Hagen (1982-Present) – The Dateline host is married to real estate agent Carol Hagen since 1982. They have 2 sons together – Cameron Holt, who works as a financial analyst and Stefan Holt, who is a journalist and news anchor like his father.
Lester Holt shaking hands with ISAF Joint Command Commander Lt. Gen. James Terry in 2012
Lester Holt shaking hands with ISAF Joint Command Commander Lt. Gen. James Terry in 2012 (The U.S. Army / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity

Multiracial (White, Black, Asian)

He has African-American ancestry on his father’s side and is of English, African-Jamaican, and Indian descent on his mother’s side.

Hair Color


However, his hair has streaks of gray due to his advanced age.

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Deep voice



Lester Holt Favorite Things

  • Episode Of The Office – Diversity Day
  • Food – Enchiladas
  • Olympic Host Cities – Athens, Vancouver
  • Vacation Spot – Paris
  • Cuisine – Mexican
  • Horror Movies – The Hills Have Eyes (1977, 1984, 2006, 2007), The Descent (2005)

Source –,, The New York Times Magazine, Today,

Lester Holt receiving the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Mark Searle
Lester Holt receiving the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Mark Searle (Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Lester Holt Facts

  1. He became the first solo anchor of African-American descent to host a weekday network nightly newscast when he took over the hosting duties of NBC Nightly News from Brian Williams in 2015.
  2. He plays the bass guitar as a way to relieve stress.
  3. Holt moderated the first Presidential debate of 2016 with candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. He received widespread acclaim for challenging and fact-checking the false claims made by Trump.
  4. Lester loves airplanes.
  5. He was raised on an Air Force base.
  6. Lester, when was a high school senior, supported a bill in the Californian legislature that would have allowed 17 years old people to vote.
  7. In 1979, Lester was rejected for a job at WNBC which is the flagship radio station of NBC. In the rejection letter, he was told that he was not of the type that they were looking for.
  8. Lester is terrified of snakes.
  9. In the mid-’90s, he had recorded a juror instruction video that still plays in the Cook County Court in Chicago.
  10. He likes Mexican food a lot and can eat it daily.
  11. He likes watching horror movies.
  12. Lester left Chicago to join MSNBC and before sharing base, he shaved off his mustache which he had kept his entire career on TV. He did so after experiencing a bad of skiing and some beer cans.
  13. From the age of 8 to 12, he stayed in Alaska because his father was posted there at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.
  14. He has also sung in the church as a kid. He was the lead singer.
  15. For the medical drama series House, he has recorded 2 songs for their soundtrack along with a band.
  16. Growing up, on his bucket list, he had mentioned running with the bulls in Spain. However, after he got a job at NBC, that thing got left in between.
  17. Once he was required to jump off a plane using a parachute along with the interviewee. He denied doing that. That is the only assignment he has ever denied.
  18. Though his main residence is new New York, he also anchors NBC Nightly News from the L.A. studio. For that reason, he has maintained his secondary residence in Los Angeles.
  19. He can also speak the Italian language.
  20. Lester likes baking desserts, especially cobblers and pies.
  21. He prefers having tart over chocolate soufflé.
  22. He is a morning person.
  23. He always keeps the latest devices. He travels with 2 phones, an iPad, a laptop, and an Apple Watch.
  24. Lester has also tried his hands at stand-up comedy.

Featured Image by Ninian Reid / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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