Lester Holt is an American news anchor and journalist, best known for hosting the news show NBC Nightly News. Though he had joined the California State University, Sacramento, he later dropped out to join a local radio station in San Francisco. Lester was initially a radio DJ. He then became a reporter for WCBS-TV in 1981. After working with CBS and its affiliate stations, such as KNXT and WBBM-TV, for 19 years, he joined MSNBC in 2000. He initially became a substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News. However, in 2015, he replaced Brian Williams as the anchor of the weekday edition of the program, thus becoming the first African–American to host a weekday nightly news program. Over the years, he has hosted programs such as Today and Dateline and been part of screen projects such as 30 Rock and Fugitive. He has also won honorary degrees and various other recognitions. He currently stays in Manhattan with his wife. He has two sons who are doing quite well in their respective lives.