ⓘ Lester Crystal

Lester Crystal

ⓘ Lester Crystal

Lester M. Crystal was an Emmy Award-winning American television news executive. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He was best known for being executive producer of the nation’s first hour-long nightly newscast, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.

He joined the organization as executive producer in 1983 and was appointed president of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in 2005. He retired from the NewsHour in 2010. He was president of NBC News from 1977 to 1979 and executive producer of NBC Nightly News.

Crystal died on June 24, 2020 in New York City from brain cancer, aged 85.