NBC News anchor Lester Holt heads to Portland to report on the opioid crisis (and ride a bike?)

Lester Holt, shown here anchoring the "NBC Nightly News" from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, will be in Portland next week to report on and anchor the broadcast from the Rose City. (

The "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" weeknight broadcast is leaving its New York studio and heading out across American for a week. The road trip begins in Portland on Monday, May 7, where Holt will report and host a broadcast of "NBC Nightly News."

The "NBC Nightly News" cross-country trip will also include broadcasts from Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

As the NBC announcement says, the trip will allow Holt to cut through "the chaotic news cycle to report on stories impacting Americans’ hometowns, such as job creation, reducing crime and opiod addiction. Holt will bring attention to local issues with national implications, and tell the stories of Americans who are transforming their communities and inspiring others."

On Portland’s NBC affiliate, KGW-TV, Holt spoke with local anchor Tracy Barry today. He told Barry the reason for getting out of the usual studio and traveling around the U.S. is because "it makes us better journalists when we understand our audience. And our audience obviously extends far beyond Manhattan."

Holt added that the news has been consumed lately with politics, and that while there are reasons for that, "there’s a lot more to all of us than politics."

During his Portland stop, Holt told Barry, "NBC Nightly News" will explore the opioid crisis and ways in which Portland has seen some success in coping with it.

On a lighter note, Barry asked if we might see Holt on a bike when he’s in town. Holt recalled that on a previous trip to Portland, he noted the high number of bicycle commuters in Portland and indicated he might get on a bike while he’s here.

We’ll have more about the "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" visit to Portland later this week. Locally, the broadcast airs at 5:30 p.m. weeknights on KGW/8.

— Kristi Turnquist

kturnquist@oregonian.com
503-221-8227
@Kristiturnquist

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