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Lester Holt, the presidential debate moderator for 2016, will be the middle man between rivals, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in tonight’s debate. People are searching for facts about the moderator’s life, including information on Lester Holt’s wife, Carol Hagen. Many are also searching the Internet for “Lester Holt registered republican,” to learn more about him, especially since he is, in fact, a republican. For answers to these questions and more, this Lester Holt wiki will give you everything you need to know.

Family Life

Lester Holt and wife, Carol Hagen have a happy family of four, including their two sons, Stefan and Cameron. Lester Holt’s son, Stefan, followed in his father’s footsteps and also became a broadcast journalist. Stefan announced he was joining the NBC affiliate in New York in March of 2016. The last Lester Holt family member, Cameron, was working on a graduate degree at Stanford and was planning to work in New York City in finance, according to a 2013 report by The Chicago-Tribune.

Career and Net Worth

According to an in-depth biography from Salary and Net Worth, Lester Holt’s net worth is attributed to his career as an American TV anchor and journalist. He currently works as the host of NBC Nightly News’ weekday edition and also works as an anchor for Dateline NBC. He first began his journalism career in 1981 in New York City as a WCBS-TV reporter. He switched roles several times in his career, moving to a weekend anchor and reporter position at KNXT in Los Angeles, and then back to WCBS-TV to be the weekend anchor and reporter in 1983. In 1986, he began working for Chicago’s WBBM-TV as an evening news anchor. He worked there for 14 years, reporting from various locations such as Iraq, El Salvador, Haiti and more. In 2000, he began working at MSNBC and in less than three years, he became a substitute anchor for Today and NBC Nightly News. He was promoted to the permanent host of the show, Weekend Today, after the untimely death of David Bloom. In 2007, he became the host of NBC Nightly News and continued to work in several other roles, as well. His annual salary is estimated at $4.5 million, and he has a net worth of $12 million.

In 2015 Holt became the first African-American to take the position of lead anchor on a broadcast network’s weekday newscast. This was thanks to his promotion on NBC Nightly News.

Annual Salary $4.5 Million
Net Worth $12 Million

Ethnicity and Faith

After photos and the announcement were released that Lester Holt would be the moderator for the presidential debate, people were asking, is Lester Holt black? Lester Holt’s maternal grandparents were from Jamaica, while his maternal grandfather was half Indian, and half English. That being said, Holt, born as Lester Don Holt Jr., and was born in Marin County, California on March 8, 1959. The 57-year-old is of African-American nationality. Regarding his political stance, Holt is a registered Republican. (However, according to The Washington Post article about Lester Holt, Trump thinks he’s a democrat!)

Lester Holt attends the church of Christ in Manhattan, New York. According to a quote by Batsell Barrett Baxter, the church was described as the following: “Members of the church of Christ do not conceive of themselves as a new church started near the beginning of the 19th century. Rather, the whole movement is designed to reproduce in contemporary times the church originally established on Pentecost, A.D. 33. The strength of the appeal lies in the restoration of Christ’s original church.”

Don’t miss seeing Lester Holt tonight, as he moderates the highly anticipated Presidential Debate 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump! All the action goes down at 9 p.m. EST so tune into CNN (or any major news source in the country) as it will no doubt be featured on multiple news sources as it airs!