Lester Holt received a flurry of congratulations from his coworkers and his family Monday as he prepares to take over the NBC Nightly News anchor seat.
He was surprised by his wife and two sons on “The TODAY Show” as they all celebrated his achievements and his long career in journalism.
NBC Chicago’s Stefan Holt appeared live from Chicago on the show to personally congratulate his father just one day after Father’s Day.
“So happy for you dad, so proud and excited for this new opportunity,” he said.
But the pride apparently goes both ways.
“It’s funny looking at Stefan because if you had asked my which Holt would someday be a network news anchor of a nightly show I would have thought Stefan,” Lester Holt said.
Holt’s family said they’re excited to have him home on the weekends now and they’re looking forward to the new journey.
“What we do sometimes takes a lot of time from family, we’ve got to answer that bell and they’ve been by me, my strength and my rock and they’ve been very supportive in this period of uncertainty,” he said.
NBC announced last week that Brian Williams will not return to his job as "Nightly News" anchor more than four months after he was suspended for misrepresenting his experiences as a journalist, but will serve as a breaking news anchor at MSNBC.
The network announced that Holt, who has anchored the show since Williams was suspended in February, will take over that position permanently. Holt is the first African-American to be the sole anchor of a network evening newscast.
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