Lester Holt Becomes The First African-American Lead Anchor For A Weekday Network Nightly Newscast.

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NBC confirmed on Thursday what has been apparent for several weeks: Holt is being upgraded from substitute anchor to permanent anchor of the “Nightly News.”

Holt is on a long-scheduled vacation this week — his first significant time off since Williams was suspended in February. So tweeted shortly after NBC made his promotion official: “Promised my family I wouldn’t think about work during vacation. Just got the ok to break that promise. Excited and grateful for new role.”

In a few days, Holt’s name will be added to the “Nightly News” logo.

The anchor has been filling in for Williams without the benefit of much promotion, but that will change soon: a robust marketing campaign will start next week.

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.”



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  • AW March 24, 2021 - 9:50 pm

    Not totally correct information! Max Robinson was the first African American news anchor for ABC in late 1980s.

  • Wilbert Slade March 25, 2021 - 5:24 pm

    This is incorrect. Max Robinson holds that distinction!

    • Dean H March 28, 2021 - 6:17 am

      Thank you for that correction! Max Robinson of ABC News was the first African American nightly news Anchor. Lester is the first for NBC network.

  • T L Brown March 25, 2021 - 10:55 pm

    This news is old. This happened in 205.

  • RW March 26, 2021 - 6:56 pm

    This article is 6 years late. He’s been the host since 2015