MONTCLAIR, NJ - Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Dateline NBC,” will be given an award by the Montclair State University School of Communication on December 2.
Holt has been named the recipient of the 2016 Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award, which is presented annually to leading journalists and reporters by the Montclair State University School of Communication and Media.
In June 2015, Holt became the first African-American to be the lead anchor on a broadcast network's weekday nightly newscast.
At a young age, Holt discovered an interest in broadcasting. He did announcements over his high school's public address system and worked in radio while in college at California State University in Sacramento.
In 1981, Holt moved to TV news. He landed a job as a reporter with WCBS in New York City. He then spent some time in Los Angeles and back in New York before landing at Chicago's WBBM, a CBS affiliate. During his nearly 14 years with the station, he worked as an anchor and a reporter. In 2000, Holt joined NBC.
Holt will be honored for his more than 30-year career at a ceremony at the university on Friday, December 2 at the University Hall Conference Center, 7th Floor.
Following the award presentation, Holt will speak to students and faculty at a colloquium that will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to the University community.
Established in 1985, the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award has honored noted individuals in the field. Previous honorees include WNBC-TV's Bruce Beck, Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville, WCBS-TV anchor Kristine Johnson, WNBC-TV chief meteorologist Janice Huff, CBS Sports announcer Ian Eagle, WCBS Radio chopper 880 reporter Tom Kaminski, WABC-TV anchor/reporter Joe Torres, WWOR-TV anchor Brenda Blackmon and WABC-TV Reporter N.J. Burkett.