Lester Holt

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Holt in 2007, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Lester Don Holt, Jr.

Place of Birth: Hamilton Air Force Base, Marin, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 8, 1959

*father – African-American
*mother – Jamaican [African, as well as English, Portuguese-Indian, distant Scottish]

Lester Holt is an American journalist and news anchor. He anchors the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC.

Lester is the son of June Marie (DeRozario) and Lester Don Holt, Sr.

His father was African-American. His mother’s family is Jamaican, and is of African, along with English, Portuguese-Indian, and distant Scottish, ancestry.

Lesler is married to Carol Hagen, with whom he has two children, including television and news anchor Stefan Holt.

Lester’s paternal grandfather likely was Samuel Carroll Holt (the son of John Wesley Holt and Ila Lou Spears). Samuel was from Tennessee.

Lester’s paternal grandmother likely was Lily Mary Houston/Hauston (the daughter of Henry Houston and Mollie Hopson). Lily was from Tennessee.

Lester’s maternal grandfather was Knut/Canute FitzHerbert DeRozario/DeRosario (the son of Michael DeRozario/Rosario/De Rozario and Maria/Mary Lord). Knut was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Michael was born in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, and likely was of Portuguese-Indian descent. Maria was Jamaican, and had African ancestry.

Lester’s maternal grandmother was Iris May Wilson (the daughter of Arthur Edward Woodburn Wilson and Josephine Rebecca Somerville). Iris was born in Jamaica, and had African, and some Scottish, ancestry. Arthur was the son of Alfred Edward Wilson and Frances Eliza “Fanny” Heron. Josephine was the daughter of Thomas Gustavius Somerville and Frances Ann Cowan.

Sources: http://www.today.com

Genealogy of Lester Holt – https://www.geni.com

Lester’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. andrew says:


    Michael DeRozario was born in Calcutta, India, according to this.

    Canute DeRozario is listed as White in this record: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2435-Z8F

    Mulatto in 1920 U.S. Census.

    DeRozario/DeRozio family is Indo-Portuguese, and Christian apparently: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luso-Indian

    A family tree of him: https://gw.geneanet.org/tdowling?lang=en&pz=timothy+michael&nz=dowling&m=A&p=lester+don&n=holt&oc=1&siblings=on&notes=on&t=T&v=6&image=on&marriage=on&full=on

    There are Scottish ancestors.

  2. Dar says:

    He is possibly Spanish due to the fact DeRozario is a name of Spanish origin

  3. Multiethnicchick says:

    This guy is obviously mixed and likely mostly nonblack.

  4. fuzzybear44 says:

    Although his kids do look like him, they seem to have taken more after their mother in color

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