Famous 20th Century TV Anchors

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 1 Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford.
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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 2 Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert.
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
Died: April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert was an American journalist, author, screenwriter, film historian, and film critic. While working as a film critic for the daily newspaper Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, becoming the first film critic to be honored with the prestigious award. He was often described as America's most influential and prominent film critic of all time.

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 3 Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer.
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Birthdate: December 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City

Matt Lauer is a former TV news anchor who co-hosted the opening ceremonies of many Olympic Games. After a flourishing career at NBC News, Matt Lauer was forced to retire after a colleague accused him of engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior. His personal life too was affected because of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

 4 Lauren Sánchez

Lauren Sánchez.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

 5 Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow.
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Famous As: American television host
Birthdate: April 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Castro Valley, California, United States
The first openly lesbian person to win the Rhodes Scholarship, Rachel Maddow began her career as a radio host. She then gained fame with MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. She wrote a bestselling book and launched a podcast, too. She is also known for her relationship with artist Susan Mikula.

 6 Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer.
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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News Anchor
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

English-born American television presenter, actor, politician, and musician Jerry Springer is a multifaceted man. A qualified lawyer, he shifted to politics from law as a young man. After a few years, he moved to journalism and found considerable success. As a TV presenter, he is best known for the tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. 

 7 Dan Rather

Dan Rather.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wharton, Texas
Dan Rather shot to fame when he saved thousands of people during Hurricane Carla through the first radar weather report. Subsequently, he had a 24-year stint on CBS Evening News. He was fired following the Killian documents controversy and then joined AXS TV, hosting shows such as Dan Rather Reports
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 8 Martha MacCallum

Martha MacCallum.
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Famous As: News Anchor
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.”

 9 Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: September 4, 2014

Famous for her controversial comedic persona, Joan Rivers was a television host and comedian. She broke stereotypes by hosting a late-night television talk show titled The Late Show with Joan Rivers, becoming the first woman to do so. Also an author, Rivers wrote 12 best-selling books. In 2017, she was posthumously inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame

 10 Shepard Smith

Shepard Smith.
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Famous As: TV Anchor
Birthdate: January 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi

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.

 11 Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: June 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

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.

 12 Katie Couric

Katie Couric.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Regarded as “America’s Sweetheart”, Katherine Couric has been a familiar face on top US television networks for decades. The journalist and presenter had a long stint with NBC News before she switched over to CBS News and then to ABC News. She is also known for co-hosting programmes on Today. She co-founded multimedia news and production company Katie Couric Media.

 13 James Carville

James Carville.
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Famous As: Political Consultant
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning
Political commentator James Carville gained fame for his work as the lead strategist Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, which was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary The War Room. Also known as "Ragin' Cajun,” he co-hosted CNN's Crossfire and later joined Fox News. He has also lectured at various universities.

 14 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Political commentator and host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, began her career as MTV VJ “Kennedy” on the alternative rock shows 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation. She has authored two books and has also hosted Fox network shows such as Kennedy and Outnumbered. She has also been a panelist on The Five.

 15 Merv Griffin

Merv Griffin.
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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: July 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Mateo
Died: August 12, 2007

Merv Griffin was an American media mogul and television show host best known for hosting, The Merv Griffin Show, from 1965 to 1986. He is also credited with creating famous game shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, through his TV production companies. For his contribution to TV, Merv Griffin was inducted posthumously into the Television Hall of Fame.

 16 Isabel Preysler

Isabel Preysler.
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: February 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Isabel Preysler is a  Filipina socialite and TV host. As a teenager, she participated in beauty pageants and worked as a model. She later started working as a journalist. An elegant woman, she is considered a fashion icon. Her first husband was Julio Iglesias, a Spanish singer.  Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias Jr. are her sons.

 17 Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli.
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: November 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna
Italian choreographer Bruno Tonioli gained fame as a Latin and ball dancer. He was a judge on the dance reality shows Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars and also appeared on DanceX and Dance War. He is gay and has often spoken of the homophobia he has faced.

 18 Trish Regan

Trish Regan.
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Famous As: Television Host, Journalist
Birthdate: December 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampton, New Hampshire, U.S.

 19 Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto
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.

 20 Marv Albert

Marv Albert
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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: June 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 21 Jim Cramer

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.

 22 Gloria Borger

Gloria Borger.
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Famous As: Political Analyst & Journalist
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.

 23 Howard Cosell

Howard Cosell.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem
Died: April 23, 1995

 24 Dagen McDowell

Dagen McDowell.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: January 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brookneal, Campbell County, 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

 25 Suzy Kolber

Suzy Kolber.
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Famous As: Sportscaster
Birthdate: May 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 26 Gene Okerlund

Gene Okerlund
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: December 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brookings, South Dakota, United States
Died: January 2, 2019

 27 Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi.
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi
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.

 28 Bill Hemmer

Bill Hemmer.
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Famous As: Journalist
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. 

 29 Sheryl Underwood

Sheryl Underwood.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 30 Les Brown

Les Brown.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liberty City, Miami, Florida, United States

 31 Bruce Prichard

Bruce Prichard
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Famous As: Manager (professional wrestling)
Birthdate: March 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: El Paso

 32 Jessica Savitch

Jessica Savitch.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: February 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 23, 1983

 33 Lilian Garcia

Lilian Garcia
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Famous As: Singer, Ring announcer, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: August 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Juan

 34 Mike Tirico

Mike Tirico
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Birthdate: December 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Whitestone

 35 Suzi Perry

Suzi Perry.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: May 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cosford, Shropshire, England

 36 Kate Snow

Kate Snow.
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Famous As: TV Journalist
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bangor, Maine

 37 Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner.
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: May 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 38 Catherine Herridge

Catherine Herridge.
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Famous As: News Correspondent
Birthdate: May 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 39 Chabeli Iglesias

Chabeli Iglesias.
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: September 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cascais, Portugal

Chabeli Iglesias is a Spanish journalist and socialite. Born into the popular Iglesias family, she is the daughter of singer Julio Iglesias and Filipina socialite Isabel Preysler. She has been featured on the covers of numerous gossip and entertainment magazines worldwide. She is married to businessman Christian Fernando Altaba and has two children. 

 40 Mauro Ranallo

Mauro Ranallo
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Abbotsford

 41 Clark Kellogg

Clark Kellogg
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Famous As: Basketball player, Sports commentator
Birthdate: July 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland

 42 Mike Emrick

Mike Emrick
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Famous As: Sports commentator, Journalist
Birthdate: August 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Fontaine

 43 Jonathan Coachman

Jonathan Coachman
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Famous As: Amateur wrestler, Professional wrestler
Birthdate: August 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kansas City

 44 Verne Lundquist

Verne Lundquist
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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: July 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Duluth

 45 Greg Gumbel

Greg Gumbel
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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans

 46 Howard Finkel

Howard Finkel
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Famous As: Manager (professional wrestling), Journalist
Birthdate: June 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark

 47 David Brinkley

David Brinkley.
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Famous As: American newscaster
Birthdate: July 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina
Died: June 11, 2003

 48 Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler
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Famous As: Presenter
Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver

 49 Becky Quick

Becky Quick.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

Becky Quick is an American TV news presenter best known for co-anchoring CNBC's financial news shows On the Money and Squawk Box. Prior to working for CNBC, Quick worked for The Wall Street Journal where she played an important role in launching the publication's website in 1996. As part of her job, Quick has interviewed influential personalities including Bill Gates.

 50 Don Pardo

Don Pardo
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Radio personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westfield
Died: August 18, 2014