Lester Holt Takes His Talents ‘Across America’

By A.J. Katz 

Starting Monday, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will traverse the country, from Sacramento, Calif., to Washington D.C., to talk with Americans about some of the issues that matter most to them, as well as their hopes for the next four years. Holt’s cross-country trip culminates on Inauguration Day, which is Friday, January 20.

The trip is part of a special series for NBC Nightly News named Across America. Holt’s conversations as part of the series will focus on jobs, healthcare, national security, the economy and immigration. During his excursion, Holt will anchor Nightly News from Sacramento, Warren, Mich., Fayetteville, N.C., and finally D.C.

Holt will also lead NBC News’ all-day inauguration coverage next Friday, starting at 10 a.m. ET and including a special one-hour edition of Nightly News.

The Across America series wraps up what has been quite a busy year of political reporting for the Peacock’s veteran newsman. Holt moderated the first Democratic Presidential Debate in Charleston in January 2016, and traveled to Iowa, New Hampshire, Columbia, S.C., and California for their respective state primaries, chatting with voters along the day.

Holt also moderated the most-watched presidential debate in history, a broadcast which lured more than 84 million viewers to their TV sets on Sept. 26, 2016, and he interviewed President Obama in Chicago prior to his farewell address. That interview will air on tomorrow night’s special edition of Dateline NBC.