On this blog at the end of 2009 he was voted the ninth most gorgeous man in the world, coming in fourth among black men. Upscale magazine named him Maleman of the month in August 2008. Danielle Belton, on her blog The Black Snob, awarded him the 2008 Ed Bradley Award for Journalistic Hotness.
It is unknown what TJ stands for. He says it is just what his family called him growing up.
He joined CNN in 2006. He has covered news events like the Mumbai bombing (2008), the Virginia Tech shooting (2007) and the hanging of Saddam Hussein (2006).
His regular beat these days is the newsroom: you can see him presenting the news on CNN Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sometimes he fills in for Rich Sanchez during the week.
He was born in West Memphis, Arkansas. He went to the University of Arkansas, where he fell in love with television news. He liked the live element of it and has not looked back since. From there he worked his way up as a television news reporter and presenter, first in Joplin, Missouri, then Little Rock, Arkansas, then he did the weekday five o’clock news on the NBC station in San Francisco. After three years there he came to CNN.
Holmes on racism: as a local news reporter it has hurt him to see stories of interest to blacks get killed time and again. It is not that the editors are bad people but, being white, they do not see the world the same way as blacks or find the same things interesting. That means the news does not show the world as it is. He says that will change if more blacks and others, not just white men, to go into news reporting.
On a personal level he says he has been called the n-word, but he sees those people as ignorant losers. More generally he says:
I don’t necessarily consider most people racist. I have, however, seen a lot of racial bias. What I mean by that is people don’t hate me because of the color of my skin, but they simply don’t see me as an equal. Some may say that by not seeing me as an equal, that’s the very definition of racism. Rather, I believe people have so many misconceptions and preconceived notions about black people. They make assumptions based on the color of my skin.
He gives an example of washing his car: one time a white man came up to him and asked if he was a football player. Holmes is not built like a football player, but for the white man that was overridden by Holmes being a black man owning a nice car.
He likes Twizzlers and Mike and Ikes. And “The Drum Major Instinct” (1968) by Martin Luther King.