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T J Holmes
T J Holmes
Television Personality, National Jounalist

T.J. Holmes is an award-winning journalist and television personality. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he successfully completed the broadcast journalism program. He later hand-delivered his resume and reel to KSNF Channel 16 in Missouri, landing a position on the spot. Holmes would go on to spend a few months at KSNF, working as a dedicated producer, assignment reporter, and weekend anchor before joining CBS affiliate KTHV in Arkansas as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor. In 2003 Holmes moved on to KNTV, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to become the evening news anchor.

By October of 2006, Holmes earned a coveted position at the global news network, CNN. For 4 years he hosted CNN Saturday & Sunday Morning alongside Betty Nguyen until she departed, leaving him as the solo newscaster of the widely watched program. Holmes made history with his long-awaited foray into nighttime television on Viacom’s BET Network. In October 2012, he signed on to host a new late-night hybrid talk show, DON’T SLEEP!, which earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination. Holmes has since joined his new family of anchors on CNN’s Headline News (HLN).  He also serves as member of the Chancellor's Board of Advisors at the University of Arkansas and is on the Board of Visitors at Emory University. Holmes is a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the National Association of Black Journalists. He was also honored as one of the Root 100 of 2012 and is a recipient of the 2012 Hennessy Privilege Award.