NBC’s Lester Holt Nearly Misses Nightly: ‘Now THAT Was an Adventure’

By Mark Joyella 

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt made it to the set in time for Tuesday’s newscast–but it was close.

“This just gave me a panic attack,” joked MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who–like many of Holt’s 327,000 Twitter followers–tracked his last-minute dash by plane, car and subway.

CxVUlnaVEAAxK2lDubbed the “Race to 30 Rock” on Twitter, Holt’s saga began in Boston around 4:30 p.m. ET. “Just over 2 hours til @NBCNightlyNews and I’m still stuck on ground in Boston. Mission impossible? #WeatherDelays #RaceTo30Rock,” he tweeted, along with a photo taken through a rainy aircraft window.


Less than ten minutes before airtime, Holt sent his final message: “Now THAT was an adventure. See you shortly for @NBCNightlyNews.” Missouri journalism professor Amy Simons was one of many–including NBC News correspondent Katy Tur–who expressed their relief that Holt arrived in time. “Looks like he made it! @LesterHoltNBC, I can only imagine your producer’s blood pressure right now.”