T. J. Holmes
American journalist
T. J. Holmes
Loutelious "T. J. " Holmes, Jr. is an American journalist and national television personality. Holmes first gained national prominence as an anchor and correspondent for CNN. He spent 5 years at the network anchoring CNN Saturday & Sunday Morning. Holmes left CNN at the end of 2011 after signing a multi-platform talent deal with BET Networks. The deal includes a new show on BET titled Don't Sleep.
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WATCH: How Jimmy Kimmel is prepping to host the Oscars
ABC News - 3 days
Jimmy Kimmel sits down with ABC News' T.J. Holmes as the comedian prepares to host the 89th Academy Awards.
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WATCH: US Olympians Get Warm Welcome Back Home
abc News - 6 months
T.J. Holmes reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
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WATCH: Inside Look at the Democratic National Convention
abc News - 7 months
ABC News' T.J. Holmes reports from the floor of the DNC in Philadelphia as the convention kicks off its first day.
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The Real Winner At This Year’s Academy Awards Was #OscarsSoWhite
Huffington Post - 12 months
There was a bright spotlight on diversity in Hollywood at the Oscars on Sunday night, in spite of an industry that largely ignores it the rest of the year. Beginning with the red carpet, stars opined on what might have been, in other years, too delicate a subject to broach: the film industry's failure to include people of color. In his opening monologue, host Chris Rock gleefully went after the Academy’s all-white nominations and the broader practice of skipping over people of color for opportunities in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles event sparked conversation and #OscarsSoWhite awareness on social media, while others chose to boycott in protest. Here are some of the most talked about diversity moments from this year’s Academy Awards: Chris Rock spared no time jumping into #OscarsSoWhite ... "I counted at least 15 black people in that montage." -@ChrisRock opening the #Oscars — TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 29, 2016 ... Pulling out some jokes that rang ...
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A Black Woman Won The Democratic Debate
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Gwen Ifill came to slay. At Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Ifill, a veteran PBS journalist, flipped the typical narrative of race in the U.S. on Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with a vital question about what it means to be white in America. “Let me turn this on its head, because when we talk about race in this country, we always talk about African-Americans, people of color,” Ifill began, in all her black girl glory. “I want to talk about white people, OK? “So many people will be surprised to find out that we are sitting in one of the most racially polarized metropolitan areas in the country,” Ifill continued, after reassuring the audience and the candidates that she really did want to talk about white people. “By the middle of this century, the nation is going to be majority non-white. Our public schools are already there. If working-class white Americans are about to be outnumbered, are already underemployed in man ...
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Don Lemon's Betrayal
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Don Lemon, is one of the few African-American news journalists who rose to the top in being a lead anchor on one of the televisions major networks. Mr. Lemon is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College just as I, where he received his Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism and I in Political Science. I know that Mr. Lemon has worked very hard, had to endure and overcome many obstacles to get to where he is at now. As an African-American man, I was inspired by him and his journey to get to where he is at now. We know the unfortunate reality that we are in a battle with Old and New America, where Old America still will judge us by the color of our skin first before our character; New America believes that we are all in this together and will work hard and fight against the injustices that plague our race and other communities of color. Mr. Lemon, as a Black Journalist can follow in the footsteps of legends in CNN who are Black and made a significant difference on mainstream television; legends ...
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'Love and Hip Hop''s Gay Storyline Sparks Round Table Discussion
Huffington Post - over 1 year
VH1 HOSTS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION MODERATED BY T.J. HOLMES ON THE REALITY OF BEING OPENLY GAY IN THE HIP HOP COMMUNITY WITH "LHH: OUT IN HIP HOP" PREMIERING MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT 11PM* I must admit, I have never been a fan of VH1's, Love and Hip Hop franchise, mostly because it's negative depiction of African-Americans and the ridiculous amount of weave pulling. However, I have caught up on this season's episodes once I'd been told that there would be a storyline around the relationship between two men. Miles, a rapper, and his boyfriend, Milan, allow the cameras into their lives this season, exposing the complexities of having a secret gay relationship within the world of Hip Hop. Get More: Love & Hip Hop Hollywood It's not an easy thing to watch -- a man expose his deepest secret to a world that he is unsure will embrace him. I think both Miles and Milan are supremely brave. Their story has now sparked a much needed conversation. VH1 has opted to facilitate a r ...
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Watch: Reese Witherspoon to Narrate Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman'
ABC News - almost 2 years
T.J. Holmes reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
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T.J. Holmes: Don't Sleep, I'm A Free Agent!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Eight months after the debut of his BET late night news-satire series, “Don’t Sleep,” T.J. Holmes has officially announced that he's completely a "free agent." According to the Root, the award-winning journalist doesn’t have any regrets from his short-lived tenure with BET. “I will never, ever regret thinking that my heart was in the right place,” he explained to columnist, Richard Prince. “A young black man taking his skills to do something that was not being done for our community. That is, providing a daily news show geared toward African Americans.” “You learn from the mistakes, there are questions I should have asked, things that should have been cleared up,” explained Holmes. “But reaching the Black community in that way was an opportunity I would love to have again.” The network also released a statement via Multichannel News last Thursday (May 2) stating that the 30 minute show; “delivered smart social commentary on significant issues important to African ...
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Keli Goff: Does Lena Dunham Prove Writers Are as Toxic as Investment Bankers?
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Despite the romanticized images portrayed in film, television, and of course books, being a writer actually means spending most of your time doing one of six things: writing, thinking about what you want to write, thinking about what you actually have to write to make money, chasing payment for what you have written, agonizing over the fact that another writer is possibly being paid more than you are for his writing and, obsessing over whether that writer is more, or less, talented and deserving of said payment than you are. This means that thanks to her multi-million dollar book advance, not to mention her hit television show Girls, (which just began its second season), Lena Dunham has driven plenty of writers to a level of resentment bordering on mania that makes Salieri, the mediocre composer driven to an insane asylum by the not-at-all mediocre talents of Mozart in the film Amadeus, look sane by comparison. Even though writers and artists are generally thought of a ...
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Late T.V. Host Inspired By 'Some Nights' Up Late
NPR - over 4 years
Journalist T.J. Holmes became a household name during his years on CNN. Now he's the host of the new BET late-night show Don't Sleep. Holmes shares the music that keeps him going for the occasional feature, In Your Ear. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Holmes Carves African-American Spot In Late Night
NPR - over 4 years
T.J. Holmes has spent more than a decade in journalism, but now he's turning his sights to late night with a new show called Don't Sleep! The show began broadcasting on BET this week. Holmes sits down with host Michel Martin to discuss his career and hope to bring a fresh perspective to late night talk. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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T.J. Holmes Set To Display His Social Humor
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The wait is finally over! Award-winning journalist T.J. Holmes will make his BET debut on Monday (October 1), with the premiere of the network’s late night series, Don’t Sleep! Hosted by Holmes, the late night news-satire series will focus on an array of current events impacting the African-American community, featuring correspondents to assist in projecting the show’s unique blend of social commentary and humor. Don’t Sleep! also marks Holmes’ first show since exiting CNN in December 2011. The Arkansas native’s reason for leaving the 24 hour news network, where he served as the morning weekend anchor for five years, was based on him seizing BET’s offer to help bolster their original news programming. “BET certainly has a foundation in news programming and information programming. I think [beefing up its news programming] was a big part of BET wanting me to come on board, and a big part of me wanting to come on board,” he revealed during a 2011 interview with The R ...
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T.J. Holmes Pulled Over
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Former CNN host T.J. Holmes was pulled over on Monday, and documented the experience over Twitter. Holmes did not indiciate where he was driving, but tweeted that he was pulled over one mile from his house with two cop cars behind him. He snapped a photograph of a police car in his rear view mirror with the caption "Driving while black ain't no joke!" Holmes tweeted updates from the side of the road over the course of ten minutes. He wrote that the officer was "stumbling over his words trying to explain" why he was pulled over. "This is a damn shame," Holmes wrote. Holmes later added that the officer said he "wanted to make sure [Holmes] had insurance on the car." Holmes commented, "I kid you not." He then mocked the experience, tweeting that he "managed to avoid jail time" but his "relationship with _____ County police may have been soured a bit." Holmes, who left CNN for BET Networks in December 2011, will debut his new show later this year. His show is expec ...
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Victor Blackwell: CNN's Newest Weekend Anchor, Correspondent
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
CNN announced on Wednesday that a new face will join its weekend coverage. Victor Blitz will join the network as the co-host of CNN Newsroom on Saturday mornings, alongside Randi Kaye. Victor will be based in Atlanta. He previously served as an anchor at WPBF 25 News in West Palm Beach, Fla. The CNN Newsroom post was previously held by T.J. Holmes, who left the network in December 2011 for BET. Holmes' new show, which is expected to be a comedic news show, debuts later this year. Read More... More on CNN
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BET Launches Holmes Talker, Scripted Series
Multichannel News - almost 5 years
BET will launch a new late-night talk showstarring former CNN anchor T.J. Holmes, as well as...
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The role of social TV in BET’s upfronts [videos]
Lost Remote - almost 5 years
Last night we attended the star-studded BET upfronts in New York. As TV’s largest advertisers and media buyers descended upon the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to see what @BET, with nearly 640,000 Twitter followers had in store for linear and digital for the fall and 2013. BET is no stranger to robust social TV implementations as we saw at the BET Awards last summer and continue to see via 106 and Park, a show that constantly launches trending topics like they’re lines in a script. We spoke with BET’s Director of Social Media JP Lespinasse about the role social TV plays in the upfronts, and we heard both BET Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee and President of Sales Louis Carr use social TV to prove to their advertisers why BET is the right spend for them. BET Director of Social Media JP Lespinasse (@djtakefive): Director of Social Media JP Lespinasse spoke with us before the presentations began and discussed the importance social TV plays in building up excitement around the new pr ...
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Upfronts 2012: BET To Launch Late-Night Series
Multichannel News - almost 5 years
BET will launch a new late-night talk show, starring former CNN anchor T. J. Holmes, as well...
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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    On December 23, 2014 he was made the permanent co-host of WNN.
    More Details Hide Details Holmes is a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the National Association of Black Journalists. He is also on the Chancellor’s Board of Advisors at the University of Arkansas and the Board of Visitors at Emory University in Atlanta. Holmes received the Young Alumni Award from the Arkansas Alumni Association at the University of Arkansas in 2007. And, in 2011, he was named to The Root 100 List of Most Influential Black Americans.
    T.J Holmes joined the ABC News Team on September 26, 2014 on a freelance/temporary basis, substituting on the overnight news program World News Now (WNN) and America This Morning, and filing reports for Good Morning America when news broke overnight, such that he did on the day of his hiring, and made publicly official the next day by the GMA Weekend hosts.
    More Details Hide Details He will also, just like other WNN anchors, substitute on GMA as needed.
    On September 26, 2014, Holmes filed a report from New York for Good Morning America and on September 27, 2014, the weekend Good Morning America team officially welcomed him to ABC News.
    More Details Hide Details Holmes was born in West Memphis, Arkansas and is the younger of two children. His family gave him the nickname “T. Jr.” He only began using the name “T. J.” when he started his professional television career. After graduating from West Memphis High School, Holmes attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism. Holmes started his television career at KSNF Channel 16 in Joplin, Missouri. He drove to Joplin from the University of Arkansas campus to hand-deliver his resume and reel. He was hired on the spot. Holmes spent less than a year at KSNF as a producer, assignment reporter, and weekend anchor.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    Starting on June 24, 2013, Holmes made a brief return to the Turner family of networks when he anchored coverage of the George Zimmerman trial.
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  • 2012
    Age 34
    In August 2012, BET Networks announced that Holmes will be the host of their new original series Don’t Sleep, which will premiere October 1, 2012 from 11 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
    More Details Hide Details ET /PT. Airing Monday through Thursday, Holmes will deliver smart, biting social commentary on significant issues important to the black community. After much speculation in March 2013 BET announced they had cancelled Don't Sleep and that Holmes had left the network. Since December 29, 2012, Holmes has appeared on MSNBC on several occasions as a substitute anchor. He has appeared on Weekends with Alex Witt and NewsNation with Tamron Hall.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    In December 2011, Holmes and BET announced he had signed a multi-platform deal with BET Networks.
    More Details Hide Details In a statement, BET revealed: “The deal with Holmes includes a new show on BET, as well as content on BET.com in which he can bring his many talents to what the company regards as “the most important and interesting stories” for the BET audience. “We are simply ecstatic to have T.J. Holmes coming to our fold. He’s been an outstanding news anchor and we look forward to working with him in a variety of new ways on BET,” said Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials at BET Networks. “It’s now upon us to develop vehicles that capture his intelligence, curiosity about the world, warmth, humor and compassion. It’s a challenge that we are happy to have.”
    Holmes' last day on CNN was Christmas Day 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 32
    He then married Atlanta-area attorney, Marilee Fiebig on March 1, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2012, the couple announced they are expecting their first child in January 2013. Their daughter, Sabine, was born in January 2013
    Holmes contributed to CNN’s 2010 coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and 2008 coverage of the presidential primary campaigns, both of which garnered Peabody Awards.
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  • 2009
    Age 31
    Holmes secured some of the first stories from the survivors of the US Airways Flight 1549 that crash landed in the Hudson River in January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Holmes also reported from the campus of the University of Mississippi during the first presidential debate between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama.
  • 2008
    Age 30
    Holmes covered the historic first papal visit to the United States of Pope Benedict XIV in 2008, including anchoring live from the mass at Yankee Stadium.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    Holmes has two children, daughter Brianna and son Jaiden. He later married Amy Ferson, however the two divorced in 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 28
    Holmes also anchored significant news stories, including Saddam Hussein’s execution in 2006, the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India in 2008, and the terrorist attacks at the Glasgow Airport in 2007.
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    Holmes joined CNN as a news anchor and correspondent in October 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He co-anchored CNN Saturday & Sunday Morning with Betty Nguyen until March 2010 when Nguyen left for CBS. Holmes then anchored the newscast solo. At CNN, Holmes reported from the scene of numerous breaking news events, including Joplin, MO, which was devastated by multiple tornadoes in May 2011; New Orleans during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010; and, Blacksburg, VA immediately after the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech. Holmes also anchored from Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    While at KNTV, he traveled to Athens, Greece to cover the 2004 Olympics, the first Summer Games held after the September 11th attacks.
    More Details Hide Details While at KNTV, he covered numerous other stories that garnered national attention, including the historic recall election of California Gov. Gray Davis that resulted in the election of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; and, the double murder trial of Scott Peterson.
  • 2003
    Age 25
    In 2003, Holmes moved on to KNTV, the NBC O&O station in the San Francisco Bay Area, to become anchor of the 5 p.m. evening news.
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  • 2000
    Age 22
    Holmes moved back to his home state of Arkansas in 2000 to join CBS affiliate KTHV in Little Rock as a general assignment reporter.
    More Details Hide Details Within a year, he was promoted to weekend anchor.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born on August 19, 1977.
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