Journalist Lester Holt attends the Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City.

Journalist Lester Holt attends the Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City.

*“NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt has been named 2016 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

The honor recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work that has great depth and significance to people in the African Diaspora.

“Lester Holt is a dynamic broadcaster who is diligent in his pursuit of the facts and demonstrates a stellar work ethic that shows up in his reporting, which also provides context and superior coverage for television and digital audiences,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said. “His quiet confidence and low-key demeanor have garnered trust and admiration from both the viewers who watch him every night and from journalists across the country.”

Holt became the permanent anchor of “NBC Nightly News” in June 2015, making him the first black solo anchor at a flagship newscast of a major U.S. television network.

He’ll be recognized at the association’s Annual Convention and Career Fair, Aug. 3-7, in Washington, D.C.