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Lester Holt brings NBC News to Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. — Just call him “Dr. Holt.”

NBC News’ Lester Holt, a member of the Manhattan Church of Christ in New York, gave the commencement address at Pepperdine University and received an honorary doctorate April 28.

Lester’s son Stefan Holt, a 2009 Pepperdine graduate working in television news in Chicago, surprised his father and participated in the ceremony.

“Receiving this honor is humbling, but more than humbling, I must admit it is improbable,” said Lester Holt, who left college short of earning his degree to work full time in news. “Graduates, I never made the walk you are about to make.”
Holt anchored that Saturday’s “NBC Nightly News” live from Pepperdine President Andy Benton’s back yard, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Anchor for his soul: Lester Holt reflects on faith and journalism

Filed under: National Staff Reports

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