Lester Holt Heads Home to Accept Honorary Degree

NBC Nightly News anchor will be presented with an honorary doctorate this weekend in Sacramento.

Thirty-six years after leaving California State University, Sacramento as an incomplete, the NBC Nightly News anchor will be back on campus Saturday evening to accept an honorary doctorate. He will also give the Commencement address to 813 students graduating from the College of Arts and Letters.

From Robert D’Avila’s report in the Sacramento Bee:

Lester Holt Sr. was concerned in 1979 when he learned that his son was planning to drop out of California State University, Sacramento, to work at a San Francisco radio station. But he wasn’t as worried as his wife, June. “She predicted poverty and failure,” he said with a laugh.

But the Rancho Cordova couple gave their blessing, firm in the belief that Lester Jr. would go far with hard work, talent and a likeable personality in his chosen field of broadcast journalism.

Holt interned while in high school for KCRA Channel 3. The radio station he went to work for in the Bay Area as a part-time DJ, KRAK 103.1 FM, is today an AM ESPN sports radio station.