Banfield Reunites With Holt … At NAB Show


They were once MSNBC co-anchors. Today, Lester Holt is the anchor of the NBC Nightly News while Ashleigh Banfield hosts an eponymous news and insight-driven chat program on Nexstar Media Group‘s NewsNation cable TV network.

They’re reuniting … sort of. The two will be appearing on the Main Stage at a NAB Show opening event scheduled for Sunday, April 24.

Specifically, Holt is joining Banfield’s “Rising Tide: The Value in Mentoring Others” series during an opening Main Stage session scheduled for 1:15pm Pacific at the conference and expo in Las Vegas. The interview will precede Holt’s previously announced induction into the NAB Hall of Fame, also on the Main Stage at the NAB Show.

Banfield recently founded “Rising Tide” as a monthly live Zoom event for people looking to succeed in television journalism and receive guidance from leading figures in the field.

She’s mainly known as the host of the 10pm weeknight program “Banfield.” Before joining NewsNation, led by Sean Compton, she served as a legal analyst and host for Court TV. She was also a regular contributor to Investigation Discovery’s ID “Murder Mystery” series. Earlier career stops include CNN, ABC News and at NBC News, where she anchored and reported for TODAY, NBC Nightly News, and Dateline.

The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, into which Holt will be inducted, recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. Explore the complete list of past inductees here.