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NBC NIGHTLY NEWS’ Lester Holt on the Evolving News Cycle and Journalism in 2018

June 4, 2018 by  
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It’s an extraordinarily odd time for journalism, and perhaps few are more aware of that than NBC NIGHTLY NEWS/DATELINE reporter Lester Holt.

“Nobody likes to have their job maligned,” Holt explained to reporters in the video below. “I’ve always believed—and I think most people believe—a free independent press is a vital part of democracy. We’re there to shine a light in the dark places and to hold those in power accountable. It’s certainly not helpful when we’re criticized from high places.” Read more

DATELINE’s Lester Holt on Meek Mill’s Post-Release Interview

May 4, 2018 by  
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On Sunday’s episode of DATELINE, NBC News’ Lester Holt speaks with rapper Meek Mill, a day after the latter’s release from prison. (Mill was incarcerated due to a probation violation.)

But Holt’s inspiration for the hour of DATELINE came from an unlikely place: Jay-Z. “I didn’t know a lot about Meek Mill’s story…but when Jay-Z penned an op-ed in the New York Times last fall, that’s was when I first realized the depth of his story and what he represented,” Holt told reporters in the video below.

Holt spoke to Mill in prison, via telephone, and the veteran reporter was impressed. NBC News’ cameras were there when Mill was released, and captured  “magical moment,” Holt previewed. And when it came time for the actual sit-down interview, “I found him to be a very thoughtful guy…he understands the weight of responsibility [he can have].”

Check out the video for more from Holt on his experience with Mill. Read more