In Profile: Holt, Varney

By A.J. Katz 

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NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt is featured by Alaska Airlines magazine, Alaska Beyond. Holt’s brother is a former pilot with them and interviewed him for the piece: “The family dinner table meant a lot in our household. It was that moment when you talked about not only your life, but also what was going on in the world.  The other thing that holds true is that our parents were incredibly supportive, even with what I look at now as some kind of harebrained passions or ideas … I never, ever, had a sense that I couldn’t do anything. It was part of our upbringing to take pride in who you were, and where you came from and what you did, and not to let anybody tell you that you were sec­ond best. It was OK to dream big.”

Holt also spoke with Poynter ahead of World Press Freedom Day: “This is an amazing time to be a journalist right now. There are so many moving parts. There are so many norms that are being challenged, not only on the political level, but other areas of life. Everything is coming at us at 90 miles per hour. And people really want a port in the storm every night and we try to provide that with Nightly News. It’s a place you can come in, get out from the waves and really understand what happened today and how it fits into the bigger picture.”

FBN anchor Stuart Varney is featured in Successful Farming magazine. Varney discussed, among other things, his 1,000 acre tree farm in upstate New York, and how anticipated trade negotiations in the next few weeks could impact the business of farming: “Let me speak as someone who is in the lumber business. The recent trade talks affect lumber prices in two ways. First, we are renegotiating NAFTA, and that involves a dispute over Canadian lumber imports into America. Second, China buys a great deal of our lumber to turn into furniture. The trade dispute with China affects the value of my timber. That’s why there has been an increase in logging in the Northeast recently. There is a feeling that China will be open to imports of American timber fairly soon. Companies are logging now to be prepared for what they think is going to be a rush of orders from China. That may or may not pay out.”