Lester Holt Will Receive the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award in November

By A.J. Katz 

NBC’s Lester Holt is earning yet another honor this year for his distinguished career in television journalism.

The veteran NBC Newser is being presented with Arizona State University’s 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The ceremony will take place on Nov. 4 in Phoenix.


Holt has moderated presidential (and primary) debates, interviewed presidents, both while serving as NBC Nightly News anchor since 2015.

He’s also the anchor of Dateline NBC, and previously spent eight years as anchor of the Nightly News’ weekend edition and 12 years as co-anchor of NBC News’ Weekend Today.

Cronkite School dean Christopher Callahan called Holt “a fantastic role model for our students and all journalists for his insightful, caring, fact-based journalism and stories that focus on the impact of major news events on everyday Americans.”

Anderson Cooper won the award in 2018, and previous Cronkite Award recipients have included Bob Costas, Bob Schieffer, Robin Roberts, Christiane Amanpour, Diane Sawyer, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley, Katharine Graham, Bob Woodward, Helen Thomas, Ben Bradlee and George Will.

ASU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication was named in honor of the iconic CBS News journalist in 1984. Cronkite passed away in 2009.