Published on June 20th, 2015 | by twwwine
20 things you might not know about Rancho Cordova’s Lester Holt
NBC announced Thursday that Lester Holt will be the permanent anchor of “NBC Nightly News.” Holt, a Rancho Cordova native and CSU Sacramento alum, has been filling in for Brian Williams since February after Williams was caught lying about his reporting. Below are 20 things you might not know about the Sacramento region’s favorite newscaster.
1. Is the youngest of four children of an Air Force master sergeant. The family moved to Rancho Cordova when Holt was in seventh grade.
2. His preferred wine is Pinot Noir.
3. Plays electric and upright bass. Holt still has the first electric bass he bought as a teen at a local pawnshop.
4. Honed his early broadcast skills making morning announcements over the PA system at Cordova High School, ending with the tagline “You are up to date.” Holt graduated in 1977.
6. Left Sacramento State University before obtaining a degree; received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University in 2012.
7. Performed at the Reno Jazz Festival with the Rancho Cordova High School jazz band.
8. Early in his journalism career, drove around Sacramento in a Jeep Cherokee equipped with a two-way radio and police scanner so he could report on shootings and car crashes.
9. Has been baptized twice: once at age 9 in Anchorage, Alaska, and a second time, age 14, at the Carmichael Church of Christ.
10. Is a geek about airplanes. If he hears a plane overhead he can often tell what kind of engine it has.
11. Sported a mustache when he anchored the news at Chicago’s WBBM-TV in late 1980s and 1990s. He shaved the trademark facial hair before getting his job at MSNBC in 2000.
12. Is nicknamed “Iron Pants” because of his willingness to work seemingly nonstop.
13. Provided TV commentary for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
14. Shares his name with a scruffy dog from West Virginia. See Spot Rescued gives adoptable pets celebrity names. Lester Holt, an adorable terrier mix, was adopted and, like Lester Holt, now lives in New York City.
15. Is of Jamaican descent on his mother’s side. Holt ate a lot of Jamaican foods and was exposed to Jamaican culture and customs growing up.
17. Rode his bike and ran cross-country track along the American River Bike Trail as a teenager.
18. Was student body president at W. E Mitchell Junior High School in Rancho Cordova in 1974.
19. Occasionally plays at jazz clubs in New York City with musician friends.
20. Visits Sacramento regularly. Parents June Holt and Lester Holt Sr. still live here.