Saluting Lester Holt

NBC’s Lester Holt is being presented with Arizona State University’s 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.  CP is proud to post this news as Holt demonstrates, on a continuous basis,  what sound reporting looks like each evening.

Holt has anchored NBC’s flagship Nightly News broadcast since 2015, following eight years as anchor of the newscast’s weekend edition and 12 years as co-anchor of Weekend Today.

The university’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication made the announcement this week.  The school was named in Cronkite’s honor in 1984. The famed CBS News anchor died in 2009.


Rich Background Of Sleaze Between Jeffrey Epstein And Donald Trump



The legal/political story pertaining to Jeffrey Epstein, which is growing each day, has a rich background for reporters to sift through when it comes to powerful politicians

It was supposed to be an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald J. Trump’s members-only club in Palm Beach, Fla. But other than the two dozen or so women flown in to provide the entertainment, the only guests were Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein.

The year was 1992 and the event was a “calendar girl” competition, something that George Houraney, a Florida-based businessman who ran American Dream Enterprise, had organized at Mr. Trump’s request.

“I arranged to have some contestants fly in,” Mr. Houraney recalled in an interview on Monday. “At the very first party, I said, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming.’ It was him and Epstein.”

Mr. Houraney, who had just partnered with Mr. Trump to host events at his casinos, said he was surprised. “I said, ‘Donald, this is supposed to be a party with V.I.P.s. You’re telling me it’s you and Epstein?’

“In fact, that was the case, an indication of a yearslong friendship between the president and Mr. Epstein that some say ended only after a failed business arrangement between them. The full nature of their eventual falling out is not clear.