Famous 20th Century TV Anchors

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 1 
Fred Rogers
(Television Host)

Fred Rogers
15
Birthdate: March 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 27, 2003

TV personality, musician, and author, Fred Rogers, is best remembered for hosting the preschool TV series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for over 30 years, from 1968 to 2001. His work was widely lauded and he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. Besides his TV career, he was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

 2 
Martha Stewart
(Businesswoman)

Martha Stewart
8
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

The founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart has found success with several business ventures. She is also the publisher of a magazine called Martha Stewart Living and has written many bestselling books. Although she was convicted of charges pertaining to the ImClone stock trading case, she made a comeback and became chairwoman of her company.

 3 
Kimberly Guilfoyle
(News Anchor)

Kimberly Guilfoyle
16
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States

One of the prominent speakers at the Republican National Convention 2020 and a vocal supporter of American President, Donald Trump, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a senior advisor and top fundraiser at Trump’s re-election campaign. A former deputy district attorney, prosecutor, legal analyst at CNN and TV host at Fox News, Guilfoyle is rumoured to be the Donald Trump Jr.’s partner.  

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 4 
Ryan Seacrest
(Radio Personality)

Ryan Seacrest
8
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunwoody, Georgia, United States

Ryan Seacrest is an American television host, radio personality, and producer. He gained national recognition after hosting the popular singing competition TV series, American Idol. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Seacrest established the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2010. He is also credited with producing a men's skincare line called Polished.

 5 
Anderson Cooper
(Journalist & Anchor of CNN Show 'Anderson Cooper 360°')

Anderson Cooper
20
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.

 6 
George Stephanopoulos
(Co-Anchor of ABC TV Show 'Good Morning America')

George Stephanopoulos
8
Birthdate: February 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

George Stephanopoulos is an American political commentator and TV host. Currently serving as the chief anchor for ABC News, Stephanopoulos plays an important role in deciding the format of shows like Good Morning America. A well-known figure in popular culture, Stephanopoulos inspired the character of Henry Burton in the novel Primary Colors, which was later adapted into a film.

 7 
Hoda Kotb
(Journalist and Co-Anchor of The NBC Show 'Today')

Hoda Kotb
8
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Egyptian-American TV journalist Hoda Kotb is best known as the co-host of the shows NBC Morning Show, Dateline NBC, Today. Named to Time 100, she has also authored several books, including a bestselling autobiography. A breast cancer survivor, she now also works to raise awareness about the disease.
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 8 
Barbara Walters
(Producer and Co-Host on the ABC Newsmagazine '20/20')

Barbara Walters
12
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Barbara Walters is an American retired television personality and broadcast journalist. Renowned for her popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as the host of several popular TV shows. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host shows like Today and ABC Evening News. In 1996, she was named in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars list.

 9 
Billy Bush
(Television Personality, Radio Host appearing as a correspondent on Access Hollywood from 2001 to 2004)

Billy Bush
4
Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 10 
Brian Williams
(Journalist, News Anchor)

Brian Williams
4
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Brian Williams is best known for his 10-year stint as the host of NBC Nightly News. In 2015, he was suspended for his controversial coverage of the Iraq War back in 2003. The Walter Cronkite Award-winning jorunalist was later demoted and worked as a breaking news anchor on MSNBC.

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Martha MacCallum
(News Anchor)

Martha MacCallum
5
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
Journalist and anchor Martha MacCallum is best known as the host of The Story with Martha MacCallum on Fox News. The two-time Gracie Award-winner has also been dragged into controversy for suggesting that the gender pay gap may be a myth and for calling COVID-19 the “China Virus.”

 12 
Lauren Sánchez
(Journalist, News Anchor)

Lauren Sánchez
8
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Lauren Sánchez is a news anchor who has won an Emmy Award for her work. Apart from being a news anchor, Sánchez is also an actress, pilot, and entrepreneur. She is credited with founding the first female-owned aerial production company, Black Ops Aviation. Also known for her good looks, Sánchez has been featured in lists like People's 50 Most Beautiful.

 13 
Gayle King
(Author and Broadcast Journalist Known for Co-Hosting the Morning Show ‘CBS Mornings’)

Gayle King
4
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

 14 
Lester Holt
(Journalist)

Lester Holt
9
Birthdate: March 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marin County, California, United States

Lester Holt is an American journalist who is the face of 'NBC News' since 2000. He hosts and co-hosts some of NBC's important programs, such as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. In 1990, he was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work. In 2015, he was made an inductee of the California Hall of Fame.

 15 
Diane Sawyer
(Journalist)

Diane Sawyer
5
Birthdate: December 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
The first female corrrespondant on 60 Minutes, a trailblazer for female journalists, a former co-host of Good Morning America and an aid to President Richard Nixon where she assisted in post-presidency memoirs, Diane Sawyer has many feathers in her cap. She bagged in a Daytime Emmy Award and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

 16 
Robin Roberts
(First Woman of Color and First Openly LGBTQ+ Woman to Host the American TV Game Show ‘Jeopardy!')

Robin Roberts
11
Birthdate: November 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

A former basketball and tennis player, Rubin Roberts began her career as a sports anchor and reporter for a Mississippi channel, WDAM-TV, eventually joining ESPN as sportscaster, concurrently serving as a featured reporter for Good Morning America. In 2005, she left ESPN to become a co-anchor for Good Morning America, currently serving as an anchor for the same program.

 17 
Maria Bartiromo
(The First TV Journalist to Broadcast from the Floor of the "New York Stock Exchange".)

Maria Bartiromo
5
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Maria Bartiromo, who has worked with CNN, CNBC, Fox, is best known as the host of On the Money with Maria Bartiromo and Closing Bell. She is the first journalist to report live from the NY Stock Exchange and has earned two Emmys and an Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award.

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Carson Daly
(Television host)

Carson Daly
5
Birthdate: June 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 19 
Shepard Smith
(Broadcast journalist)

Shepard Smith
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Birthdate: January 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States

Shepard Smith is a broadcast journalist who played a major role in upholding the reputation of Fox News Channel during his 23-year career at Fox. He currently works for CNBC, serving as the chief general news anchor of the channel. An openly gay man, Shepard Smith serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 20 
Chris Cuomo
(Television journalist)

Chris Cuomo
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Birthdate: August 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Peabody-winner Chris Cuomo, best known for hosting the CNN morning show, has also been associated with Fox and the show 20/20. His work on the ABC show Good Morning America won him an Emmy. He has covered sensitive issues such as heroin addiction and the war on terror, with finesse. 

 21 
Mika Brzezinski
(Journalist, Political Commentator and Co-Host of the Weekday Morning Broadcast Show ‘Morning Joe’)

Mika Brzezinski
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Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Mika Brzezinski, daughter of diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski, is best known as a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. She worked as a "Ground Zero" reporter for CBS during 9/11. She has also been on shows such as Up to the Minute and HomePage, and has authored three books, including a memoir.

 22 
Mel B
(Singer)

Mel B
4
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harehills, West Yorkshire, England

Mel B is an English television personality and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition as part of the popular pop girl group Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records. Over the years, Mel B has been an important TV personality, appearing in several reality series as a participant as well as a judge.

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Andy Cohen
(Television Show Host)

Andy Cohen
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Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
TV producer Andy Cohen is best known as the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He is the first openly gay host of a late-night talk show. He hosts Radio Andy and has produced shows such as Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise.

 24 
Jim Ross
(Commentator)

Jim Ross
5
Birthdate: January 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Bragg, California, United States

 25 
Robert Rinder
(Barrister)

Robert Rinder
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Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Criminal barrister Robert Rinder had a 12-year stint at the 2 Hare Court law firm before appearing as Judge Rinder on the reality courtroom show Judge Rinder. He has also written columns for the London Evening Standard and released a book. He has been part of The London Marathon, too.

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Edd China
(Television Presenter)

Edd China
3
Birthdate: May 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Edd China is best known as the host of the Discovery Channel show Wheeler Dealers. He has also been part of Fifth Gear and Top Gear. He established Cummfy Banana Limited. After racing a motorized sofa at 148 km/h, China set a Guinness record for the fastest furniture.

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Davina McCall
(Television presenter)

Davina McCall
5
Birthdate: October 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
After brief stints as a singer and dancer during her early twenties, Davina McCall established herself as a television presenter at MTV and then rose in popularity as the host of Big Brother aired on Channel 4. She presented This Time Next Year on ITV. Born to a French mother and an English father, she is also involved in charity.

 28 
Peter Jennings
(Journalist)

Peter Jennings
9
Birthdate: July 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 7, 2005

Canadian-American journalist Peter Jennings is best remembered for his stint on ABC World News Tonight, as its sole anchor. A high-school drop-out, Jennings became one of the U.S.’s Big Three news anchors, along with Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. He was known for his meticulous coverage of breaking news stories.

 29 
Chris Wallace
(Journalist)

Chris Wallace
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Birthdate: October 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Journalist, Chris Wallace ,is best known for his stint as the TV news anchor of the Fox News program Fox News Sunday. As an ambitious young man, he graduated from Harvard University and became a broadcast journalist. Over the years, he gained fame for his tough and wide-ranging interviews. He is the recipient of a Paul White lifetime achievement award.

 30 
Norah O'Donnell
(Journalist)

Norah O'Donnell
7
Birthdate: January 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Emmy-winning TV journalist and CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell is best known to audiences for her shows such as CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes. Born to Irish-American parents, she spent a few years in Korea, as a child, where she gave videotaped English lessons. She is a skin cancer survivor

 31 
Trish Regan
(Television Host, Journalist)

Trish Regan
3
Birthdate: December 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampton, New Hampshire, U.S.

 32 
Greta Van Susteren
(News Anchor for 'Newsmax TV')

Greta Van Susteren
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Birthdate: June 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

Lawyer Greta Van Susteren gained fame as an anchor for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. She is best known for her 14-year stint on Fox News's On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren and for MSNBC’s For the Record with Greta. She was named one of Forbes's most powerful women.

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Denise van Outen
5
Birthdate: May 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basildon, Essex, England

Denise van Outen is an English actress, dancer, singer, and presenter. She is known for presenting the TV show, The Big Breakfast, and for competing in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing where she finished as runner-up. Also known for her humanitarian work, Denise supports charity organizations, such as Breast Cancer Care and Comic Relief.

 34 
Howard Cosell
(Journalist)

Howard Cosell
3
Birthdate: March 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem
Died: April 23, 1995

 35 
Dagen McDowell
(News Anchor & Analyst for 'Fox Business' and 'Fox News')

Dagen McDowell
4
Birthdate: January 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brookneal, Virginia, United States
Dagen McDowell has served as an anchor for various Fox shows and a business correspondent for Fox News. She was initially a financial journalist. She is best known for hosting Mornings with Maria and has also appeared on The Five and Outnumbered. She was also a panelist on Cashin' In

 36 
Marv Albert
(Sports commentator)

Marv Albert
5
Birthdate: June 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 37 
Rachel Nichols
(Journalist)

Rachel Nichols
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States

 38 
John Torode
(Celebrity chef)

John Torode
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur John Torode initially worked at the U.K.-based Conran Group's restaurants. He is also known for his appearances on shows such as This Morning and the revival of MasterChef in 2005. He owned the Luxe and Smiths of Smithfield and has also authored several cookbooks.

 39 
Michelle Beadle
(Sports Reporter and Host)

Michelle Beadle
3
Birthdate: October 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Italy

Michelle Beadle is a sports reporter best known for her association with the popular cable sports channel, ESPN. Over the years, she has hosted important shows for various networks, including ESPN. Apart from being a sports reporter, Michelle Beadle has also been a Red Carpet reporter for popular shows like Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Tony Awards, and SAG Awards.

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Suzy Kolber
(Sportscasters)

Suzy Kolber
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Birthdate: May 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jim Cramer
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Birthdate: February 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wyndmoor
TV host Jim Cramer is best known for presenting the CNBC show Mad Money. He previously owned a hedge fund and was an editor for SmartMoney magazine. He has also launched TheStreet.com, authored several books, and appeared in movies such as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

 42 
Bill Hemmer
(Journalists)

Bill Hemmer
5
Birthdate: November 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Journalist Bill Hemmer is best known as the anchor of the Fox News shows America's Newsroom and Bill Hemmer Reports. He has previously been a reporter for CNN and has reported from places such as Haiti and Camp Fallujah. He co-established the MUDEC scholarship to assist financially backward students. 

 43 
Melissa Francis
(TV personality)

Melissa Francis
3
Birthdate: December 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Melissa Francis is an American TV news personality. Over the years, Francis played an important role in the Fox Broadcasting Company, working as a commentator and anchor for the Fox News (FNC) and Fox Business Network (FBN). However, in October 2020, it was revealed that Francis is no longer a member of Fox and that she was forced to quit.

 44 
Edward R. Murrow
(Journalist)

Edward R. Murrow
5
Birthdate: April 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 27, 1965

 45 
Lou Dobbs
(Political Commentator, Ex-Vice President of CNN Netwrok and Host of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight')

Lou Dobbs
7
Birthdate: September 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Childress County, Texas, United States

Lou Dobbs is an American author, political commentator, and former TV host. He is best known for hosting the popular political and financial talk program Lou Dobbs Tonight. For his immense contribution to television journalism, Dobbs has won major awards including an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the George Foster Peabody Award and Eugene Katz Award.

 46 
Chris Morris
(Writer)

Chris Morris
3
Birthdate: September 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bristol, England

Chris Morris is an English actor and filmmaker. He is known for his deadpan dark humor and surrealism and often dabbles in controversial subjects in his works. Along with radio producer Armando Iannucci, he created the TV show The Day Today, which went on to be hailed as one of the most important satirical shows of the 1990s. 

 47 
Gloria Borger
(Political Analyst & Journalist)

Gloria Borger
7
Birthdate: September 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York
Emmy-nominated journalist Gloria Borger serves as the CNN chief political analyst and is best known for appearing on The Situation Room. She has previously worked as a national political correspondent for CBS News and been part of the CBS shows 60 Minutes II and Face the Nation.

 48 
Ali Velshi
(Host of the Show Real Money With Ali Velshi on Al Jazeera America)

Ali Velshi
4
Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Ali Velshi, a Kenyan-born Canadian broadcast journalist, is a familiar name in the business shows of NBC with which he has been associated after a long stint with CNN. Apart from being a business correspondent, he also reported extensively on hurricanes and the assassination of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He worked for Al Jazeera America till its closure.

 49 
Les Brown
(Author)

Les Brown
2
Birthdate: February 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liberty City, Miami, Florida, United States

 50 
Lesley Stahl
(Journalist)

Lesley Stahl
7
Birthdate: December 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States