Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC, will receive an award from DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence “for work that embodies the highest principles of journalism, including truth, accuracy, fairness and context,” the Chicago University said in a statement.
“Lester Holt’s career is the embodiment of journalistic excellence,” said Carol Marin, co-director of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence and political editor at NBC 5 Chicago. “He has devoted years of shoe leather to reporting the news in Chicago, and at the national and international level. He brings insight, dignity and authority to NBC News and to our profession,” Marin said.
Before joining NBC News in 2000, Holt was co-anchor at WBBM, the CBS station in Chicago, where he competed against Marin, the longtime co-anchor of WMAQ’s evening newscasts.
It has been a busy couple of years for Holt. In addition to anchor duties at NBC, he moderated the first general election 2016 presidential debate, currently the most-watched in U.S. TV history. He’s also reported from Paris, Nice and Brussels on terrorist attacks in those cities.
DePaul will present the award April 20.