CNN Newsroom weekend edition anchor and hottie T.J. Holmes has traded in his cushy spot at CNN for one at BET.
An award-winning journalist and respected television personality within the African-American community, Holmes was formerly a news anchor for various CNN programs and has anchored numerous major breaking news stories and human interest pieces ranging from the devastating tornadoes across the Midwest and Southeast to the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010, to Saddam Hussein’s execution in 2006.
Holmes came to CNN from NBC11 in the San Francisco Bay Area. While with NBC, he covered the 2004 Olympics, the first Summer Games held since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Before that, Holmes served as a weekend anchor and reporter for KTHV-TV in Little Rock, Ark. He began his career at KSNF-TV in Joplin, Missouri, and contributed to CNN’s 2010 coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill that garnered a Peabody Award. In 2007, he was honored with the Young Alumni Award by the University of Arkansas.
The 34-year-old graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and now serves on the Chancellor’s Board of Advisors at the university. He is also a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
Holmes, the host of BET’s new late-night original series, Don’t Sleep!, which debuts October 1, 2012.