Nightly News anchor Lester Holt reports from Portland, OR on Sunday May 6, 2018. He will be in Denver on Tuesday. (Christopher Dilts, NBC Universal)
To escape what he calls “the chaotic news cycle” on the East Coast — particularly the political fires in Washington, D.C. — NBC News anchor Lester Holt is traveling to cities across the country this week to broadcast “NBC Nightly News” from the road.
Last night, the 59-year-old anchored from Portland, Ore. Today (Tuesday, May 8), Holt is in Colorado — the state where he learned to fly fish and admitted feeling right at home in, being an outdoorsman and Northern California native. In addition to stopping by KUSA Channel-9, Denver’s NBC affiliate, Holt will anchor the nightly news from downtown’s Union Station.
We talked to Holt via phone from Portland last night, just as he wrapped his first “Across America” broadcast, about which stories he’ll be covering here, why it’s important for national outlets to hit the road, and how to combat news-addled cynicism.
After Denver, Holt travels to Chicago (May 9), Pittsburgh (May 10)