*NBC News announced today that Lester Holt has been named principal anchor of “Dateline NBC.”

The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus and is effective Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, reports Deadline.com.

In his new position, Holt will anchor the award-winning production of “Dateline,” while continuing to report as a correspondent. Kicking off its 20th season on Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET, he is joined by the newsmagazine’s correspondents Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy.

“One of the hardest working men on television, we are so pleased that Lester has added ‘Dateline’ to his portfolio,” said Capus. “Lester joins an impressive lineage of reporters who have graced the anchor desk over the past 20 years and we’re really excited to watch as he makes his mark on the award-winning newsmagazine as it continues to tell great stories.”

A staple at NBC News, Holt is also the weekend anchor for “NBC Nightly News” and the co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today.” In addition, he serves as fill-in anchor and correspondent for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “Today.”