TODAY | September 29, 2013
>>> for the past ten years lester has woken up early on the weekends to anchor the broadcast, whether in the stewed ye or out in the field. he's also a trusted common voice of reason at least until we make him do something odd, goofy, kind of stupid. a look back at a decade of lester on " weekend today ."
>> welcome to today on a saturday, on a sunday, i'm lester holt .
>> he is just part of the family and fabric.
>> he personifies you would want anyone in this building to be.
>> he's so dedicated to getting the story right. he's a true journalist.
>> here is the mosque where the taliban was established.
>> he challenges what we're doing. he wants us to be the best show possible.
>> i can't imagine everything he's experienced in ten years on the " weekend today " show alone. the stories he's gotten to do, the people he's met.
>> whether he's doing recipes in the morning or hot yoga on " weekend today " or whether we see him in the midst of a revolution in egypt --
>> what we are experiencing is a taste of freedom.
>> very few people are able to do what lester does.
>> the fighting continues here in lebanon.
>> a beating is the word right now. i don't know where to start, so much is taking place.
>> he is one of our absolute weapons we can use to cover any kind of story.
>> we want to turn now to the ground zero .
>> the haitian people know something about resilience.
>> lester can be the serious newsman we know he sand yet he can also make fun of himself. i know that if you've watched the show with any regularity, you know he's afraid of snakes.
>> no, don't do that.
>> the comfort level you get i think from watching lester comes from knowing he's flown these missions.
>> another thing people might not know about lester , he's a ginormous plain nerd.
>> less do it. that's what i'm talking about.
>> very few people say, lester holt , that guy is hilarious. you want to know something? he's actually hilarious.
>> we've got a life preserve very on, so if it rains, you're out of luck.
>> the best sense of humor.
>> if anyone wants to purchase the brooklyn bridge , please see me at the end of the tour.
>> my favorite lester moment was halloween. we were the kardashians.
>> technically i'm a jenner.
>> susan boyle.
>> you know what the situation is, this is the situation.
>> when i stop by his office, do you know what he's doing? playing the bass.
>> he gets down. he's cool. lester is cool.
>> listen to this man.
>> we were all given the assignment to pick our favorite teen idol. who did lester choose? the male cast members of the partridge family . what? on a side note, lester when he finally met danny bonaduce , you're the reason i play bass, man.
>> never played a note. never even had a lesson.
>> you've totally destroyed me.
>> we had fun in survival school. they plopped us down in the middle of the desert. we were given two instructions. survive.
>> wow, i made fire.
>> get along. if you don't get along, fine. just survive.
>> we came here and this was not meant to be a competition, at least by them. it was for me and i'm kicking their butts.
>> touts himself as being a fairly fit guy, really wants to be athletic.
>> i didn't know he was a ringer at ping-pong.
>> we had a rather interesting first workout. it was a near death experience for lester .
>> hold it tight.
>> the second workout didn't come out nearly as well as the first.
>> we are not even halfway there.
>> arms up.
>> jamaica was an incredibly successful bonding trip. there's a big part of jamaica in both of our heritage. for lester , he went back with his mother.
>> it's like now i'm home. this is just unbelievable.
>> most people today are going to talk about him as a professional and a broadcaster of journalism. he's a great husband and great father.
>> he's the nicest, most genuine person i've ever met.
>> mr. nbc, they should have a contest, he would win.
>> the wonderful thing about lester is he is exactly the person you would imagine he would be. he's fun. he's funny. he's incredibly smart. he's so kind.
>> lester has held any chair he's ever sat in for a long period of time with great stability and care and skill. ten years anchoring " weekend today " is an enormous