Inspiring America Returns to NBCU News Group with Primetime Shows Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday

By Mark Mwachiro 

Inspiring America, the feel-good franchise that launched six years ago as a segment on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, returns to the NBC News Group family all this week.

The franchise, which shines a spotlight on individuals who have impacted their communities and industries from this past year, has been airing stories across Today, NBC Nightly News, Noticias Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News Now and NBCLX throughout the week.

In addition to that, has been the digital home for all the stories highlighted.


It will all lead up to the one-hour primetime show Inspiring America: The 2022 Inspiration List, hosted by NBC News’ marquee anchors Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, airing on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, across the NBCU News Group’s TV and streaming networks. 

This show, which first aired in 2021, recognizes the honorees on The 2022 Inspiration List. It will highlight their remarkable stories and feature interviews and reporting from anchors and journalists from across NBC News, Noticias Telemundo, MSNBC, and CNBCincluding José Díaz-Balart, Craig Melvin, and Shepard Smith.

In addition to that, NBC News Audio will produce special Inspiring America episodes across many of the networks’ flagship podcasts, including Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast, Into America with Trymaine Lee and Making Space with Hoda Kotb—and the showcasts of NBC Nightly News, Today, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo. 

Those that made The 2022 Inspiration List include:

  • Rita Moreno: The Broadway and Hollywood legend and EGOT winner. 
  • The Olympians: Gold Medalists Nathan Chen and Erin Jackson—and multi-medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin.  
  • Katharine Hayhoe­: a climate scientist. 
  • Christy Turlington Burns: Founder of the non-profit—Every Mother Counts. 
  • Gwynne Shotwell: SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell. 
  • Americans Helping Ukrainians: Including California Pastor Phil Metzger.

Inspiring America: The 2022 Inspiration List airtimes are as follows:

  • NBC at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. PT on Saturday May 7
  • MSNBC at 10 p.m. ET Saturday, May 7
  • CNBC at 11 p.m. ET Saturday, May 7
  • Telemundo at 12 a.m. ET Sunday, May 8 (Inspirando a América)

Encores will stream on:

  • Today All Day at 6 p.m. ET Sunday, May 8
  • NBC News Now at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, May 8

It will also be available on-demand on:

  • The MSNBC Hub on Peacock