NBC Nightly News' Lester Holt was in San Diego Friday as part of the road for 'Across America,' his third nationwide tour.
Holt is an award-winning journalist and anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," the network's flagship broadcast currently celebrating its 70th anniversary. Holt also leads NBC News’ special reports, breaking news and primetime political coverage.
Holt was named to the role of “NBC Nightly News” anchor in June 2015 after eight years as anchor of "NBC Nightly News" weekend editions and 12 years as co-anchor of "Weekend TODAY." In addition, Holt has served as principal anchor of "Dateline NBC" since September 2011.
Holt began the week with a stop in Montgomery, Alabama. He was detoured from his expected stop in Tampa, Florida to cover the arrival of Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle.
His day in San Diego started with an appearance on NBC 7 News Today at our station in Kearney Mesa. He talked with NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe and Marianne Kushi about homelessness in San Diego and across the nation.
Holt finished the show with breakfast -- a crispy piece of apple, strawberry and peach cobbler topped with whipped cream prepared by Kushi.
After sharing some personal stories with NBC 7 staff, Holt hit the streets -- and the skies -- as he tagged along with a Customs and Border Protection drug interdiction team and saw how they fight the transborder drug trade on multiple fronts.
That story, as well as features on the U.S. Navy's local influence and the U.S. Military Child of the Year Isabelle Richards, aired on NBC Nightly News which Holt anchored from the deck of USS Portland docked in the San Diego Bay.
On board, he celebrated the U.S. Navy's 243rd birthday with sailors.
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