Lester Holt has often said his favorite kind of TV anchor is someone you’d want to sit down and have a beer with.
So there was Holt walking through a hotel lobby not long ago when three guys recognized him. Hey, they said, you’re that TV anchor. Come over here and have a beer with us.
“How could I not?” he says. “What kind of guy would I be if I didn’t?”
Turned out they were software salesmen, “about my age, all dads. We talked about the things people our age talk about. I enjoyed it. That’s the kind of approachability I want.”
Apparently, he’s got it.
TV people aren’t all sweethearts, but almost everyone seems to like Lester Holt, who at age 48, with a little gray around the temples, has been moving up the TV news ladder at an accelerating clip.
This week, he was named anchor of the weekend “NBC Nightly News.” (read more)