NBC News Anchor Lester Holt to Receive Taishoff Award

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt has been selected as winner of the 2018 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

The Taishoff award is the National Press Foundation’s highest honor for a broadcast journalist. Holt is the award-winning anchor of “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC.”

Holt will receive the Taishoff award at NPF’s annual journalism awards dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C., along with other award winners. Learn more about the NPF dinner here.

Holt joined NBC News in 2000, and is known for reporting and anchoring breaking news events across the globe. He has reported on nine Olympic Games; on terrorist attacks from Paris to Las Vegas; natural disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes; political unrest overseas and politics here at home. Holt’s long list of one-on-one interviews includes President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. Holt, who has won several Emmy Awards, earlier worked in television in Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles.

The Taishoff family founded Broadcasting Magazine (now Broadcasting & Cable) and NPF created the Sol Taishoff Award in 1983 to honor Taishoff for his support of unrestricted speech for broadcast journalists. Previous recipients include Bret Baier, Martha Raddatz, Tim Russert, George Stephanopoulos, Andrea Mitchell, Gwen Ifill and more. The list of distinguished winners is here.

The National Press Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is run by and for journalists. NPF’s sole mission is to educate practicing journalists about today’s most pressing issues and to provide critical toolbox training.

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