NBC's journalists share their displeasure over Lester Holt's son Stefan joining the network

Updated On 16 Oct, 2017 Published On

Lester Don Holt is an American journalist currently working for NBC. Holt anchors the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC.

In recent news, 19-year-old Stefan Holt, son of Lester Holt, has been hired by NBC's New York station, WNBC, to anchor its new 4 p.m. newscast. The young Holt has spent the last five years working for NBC's Chicago station, WMAQ. It is a short distance from the former location of WBBM, where Lester Holt worked before joining NBC News.

Stefan Holt was born in Chicago during his father's 15-year run as an anchor in the city. Junior Holt started as a reporter and weekend morning anchor and was quickly promoted to anchor the station’s weekday morning and midday newscasts. And this is what caused a silent outcry within the network.

“It's not so surprising since NBC News hired Tim Russert's son Luke when he had no experience, but a very famous last name,” a source was reported ranting about this issue hinting the previous argument where Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert was hired fresh despite his lack of experience.

Some insiders even suspect the station played down the relationship in an official announcement that failed to mention who Holt's father is, and his close relationship with NBC News.

But the network is all prepared to sweep this little dustline under the carpet. 

“Stefan Holt is a hard-working, serious and award-winning journalist who connects well with his viewers,” says a station representative. “He spent the last five years anchoring and reporting for the NBC station in Chicago and the three years before that at the ABC station in West Palm Beach. We look forward to introducing Stefan to our viewers in New York later this spring."

Senior Holt has spent almost 19 years with CBS and spent 14 years in WBBM-TV in Chicago where he anchored the evening news. Holt lives in Manhattan with his wife Carol whom he married in 1982. This power couple has two children including Stefan and Cameron. Holt’s salary is estimated to be $1.5 million and his net worth $10 million.