A lot is riding on the presidential debate scheduled for Monday between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and one person with more at stake than most is “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt.
CNN notes that the debate, which Holt will moderate, “may be the most highly anticipated presidential debate in American history.”
The debate, CNN, adds, “will take place against the backdrop of the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, the violent protests in the streets of Charlotte and the tensions of a country very much at odds over its future. It is an immense responsibility, and opportunity, for a man who once seemed destined to spend his career as NBC’s quiet journeyman, working in the shadow of Brian Williams with no guarantee of his own time in the spotlight.”
Holt figures to be up to the challenge, according to the report, which quotes colleagues including Tom Brokaw praising the newsman.
But the report notes that it will fall on Holt to again polish the reputation of NBC News, as he did when he took the reins of the flagship newscast in the wake of Williams’ fall from grace. This time around, Holt will be called on to do some cleanup after a widely criticized recent attempt by Matt Lauer to put on a presidential forum.
We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read CNN’s full analysis.