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Presidential debate expected to generate audience record and high scrutiny on moderator Lester Holt

Presidential debate expected to generate audience record and high scrutiny on moderator Lester Holt

If NBC News anchor Lester Holt is nervous about moderating the first presidential debate, he wasn’t showing it earlier this week as he rocked his electric bass on a rooftop lounge overlooking the Hudson River.

Playing with a rock band made up of cohorts from the network’s news magazine show “Dateline,” Holt ably soloed on the Alabama Shakes song “Always Alright” in front of a throng of cheering colleagues. It was a break from his intensive preparation for Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.

Holt’s homework sessions kept him away from his anchor duties on “NBC Nightly...

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