Lester Holt to Anchor a Special Edition of ‘NBC Nightly News’ on Monday, April 19 from Houston, After Rare Winter Storms Devastated the City

EXCLUSIVE – Al Roker Speaks with Michael Regan in His First TV Interview as EPA Administrator 

Friday, April 16 – Beginning Monday, NBC News will feature week-long coverage on the state of the climate crisis, with exclusive and original reporting airing across TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, MSNBC, NBCNews.com and NBC News NOW.

Kicking off the “Climate Challenge” series, Lester Holt will anchor Monday’s NBC Nightly News from Houston, just two months following the brutal storms and deep freeze that battered the city. He will interview Mayor Sylvester Turner, as well as the former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, about what is at stake for cities and states that don’t act now to plan for inevitable climate change events. Holt will also speak with a local family that not only had their home destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, but was impacted by the February storms as well. 

On Monday, TODAY’s Al Roker will sit down with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan in his first TV interview since starting the position. Roker will also travel to Michigan for an exclusive look inside General Motors’ new all-electric vehicle assembly plant and will speak with GM’s chief sustainability officers about the company’s pivot towards environmentally friendlier production and the future of the auto industry. 

Other programming highlights throughout the week include:

  • On NBC Nightly News, NBC News Correspondent Steve Patterson reports on California’s quest to control and learn about fires and air pollution. He gets rare access inside Stanford’s immunology lab as it conducts tests with firefighters on the frontlines who have spent their lives combating some of the worst fires in American history. 
  • Following the increase of deliveries and packaging waste during the Covid-19 lockdowns, NBC News Investigative and Consumer Correspondent Vicky Nguyen reports for TODAY on the recycling process to see what is working, and what waste is continuing to add to landfill.
  • As researchers invest millions into undoing environmental damages through carbon capture technology, NBC News Correspondent Sarah Harman will have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Carb Fix, the world’s biggest carbon capture site in Iceland, on this Sunday’s NBC Nightly News and on NBC News NOW
  • Meet the Press Reports takes a deep dive into America’s broken water infrastructure system, including lead pipes, water shortages, agricultural runoff, droughts, flooding and native lands. The 30-minute episode will also feature Chuck Todd’s interview with consumer advocate and environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Episode airs Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC News NOW and is available the next day on demand on Peacock.
  • On MSNBC, NBC News Correspondent Josh Lederman will report from Ohio, speaking with residents about the Biden administration’s plans to create green energy jobs for oil, gas and coal workers displaced by the transition from fossil fuels. Lederman will also look at the administration’s goals and challenges for building a fleet of American-made electric vehicles. 
  • NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel will report for NBC Nightly News on the environmental impacts of war, including the extensive damage inflicted on Syria after nearly a decade of conflict.  
  • On NBC Nightly News, NBC News Senior Washington Correspondent Hallie Jackson will report on cities marketing themselves as “safe havens” after nearly five million people in the country have been displaced from their homes during the last five years because of natural disasters triggered by the climate crisis.
  • On TODAY and MSNBC, NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff will report on Los Angeles’ plan to beat back climate change’s impact on the dwindling water supply for the nation’s largest county by 2035. 
  • NBC News correspondent Jacob Ward will have an exclusive look on MSNBC at a new company’s swappable batteries that allow electric vehicles to charge faster than it takes to fill a tank of gas. 
  • On NBCNews.com, climate reporter Denise Chow will report on climate lessons learned during the pandemic, the latest data on wildfires and air quality around the world and about new carbon capture technology. Also, in partnership with Covering Climate Now, Andrew McCormick reports on the homeless population in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following the recent climate-related disasters. Plus, reporter Safia Ali examines how climate change has affected the livelihoods of young farmers across the country. 
  • TODAY Digital’s One Green Thing newsletter will feature daily tips on what readers can do to make a difference and tips for everyday changes to reduce their environmental impact. TODAY.com will also publish reader responses on eco-friendly lessons learned during the pandemic. 
  • NBC News Stay Tuned host Savannah Sellers will report on how the rise of young climate change activists around the world, inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, are finding their own unique way to affect real-world environmental change.


NBC News contact:

Dana Klinghoffer

e: dana.klinghoffer@nbcuni.com 


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