Longtime NBC veteran Lester Holt has been promoted to permanent solo anchor of NBC Nightly News.
Lester has been substituting for Brian Williams who was suspended for lying about an incident that took place while he was in Iraq.
Thursday’s announcement makes Holt the first African-American solo anchor of a weekday network nightly newscast.
“It’s about time!” said Richard Prince, a columnist for the The Maynard Institute who covers race and the media.
He called Holt “richly deserving” of the weekday anchor chair and said “his appointment is an important sign that the networks realize they must keep up with our multicultural times.”
According to CNN:
Holt follows Max Robinson, who was the first black co-anchor on the network nightly news in the late 1970s. He shared the job with two other anchors.
Carole Simpson, Russ Mitchell and Holt have also been weekend anchors, but Prince said the weekday job — the top job — is a significant distinction.
“Black television journalists have long complained about being consigned to what they call a weekend ghetto,” Prince said.
Holt, a 15-year veteran of NBC, has been co-hosting the weekend editions of the “Today” show since 2003 and the weekend “Nightly News” since 2007. He also hosts the “Dateline” newsmagazine.
Congrats to Lester Holt!!