Famous American Journalists

America as a nation is known for the considerable press freedom allowed to its journalists. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, became one of the nation’s early journalists when he started a successful newspaper in Philadelphia. Another one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Thomas Paine also ventured into journalism in the wake of American independence. The rise of the wire services in the 19th century had a profound effect on American journalism. Prominent personalities like Charles Anderson Dana, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer revolutionized the world of journalism with their innovations. Also in the 19th century, Samuel Cornish and John Brown Russwurm started the first African-American periodical called ‘Freedom's Journal’ to support and uplift the black community. In the 20th century, Bob Woodward revitalized and popularized the concept of investigative journalism while Norman Kingsley Mailer emerged as a proponent of the alternative press movement. The growing impact on the internet in the 21th century has given birth to newer forms of journalism with the likes of Evan Smith co-founding online investigative newsrooms. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous American journalists.

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 1 Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper.
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 2 Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States

Megyn Kelly is a well-known American journalist and political commentator. She had a successful career at Fox News and NBC News, where she did reporting and anchored many shows. She quit television and launched her media production company in 2020. She hosts the The Megyn Kelly Show podcast. She has also written an autobiography titled Settle for More.

 3 Chris Cuomo

Chris Cuomo.
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Famous As: Television journalist
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. 

 4 Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous American journalist, Maria Shriver, is recognised for her long association with NBC. Her documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project earned rave reviews and she later founded the nonprofit organization, 'The Women's Alzheimer's Movement'. As the former First Lady of California– she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was the governor of California– she involved herself in numerous charity works.

 5 Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson.
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Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.

 6 Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain.
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Famous As: Columnist & TV Host
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix

The daughter of popular American politician John McCain, Meghan McCain has established herself as a noted columnist and TV personality, working for TV channels like Fox News, ABC News, and MSNBC. As an author, she has had a major impact upon the release of books, such as Dirty Sexy Politics and My Dad, John McCain. She also supports gay rights.

 7 Don Lemon

Don Lemon
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
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 8 Truman Capote

Truman Capote.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: August 25, 1984
Truman Capote is best known for his novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, which was made into a movie that starred Audrey Hepburn, and the non-fiction novel In Cold Blood. His short story Shut a Final Door won the O. Henry Award. He was a lifelong friend of author Harper Lee.

 9 Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

 10 Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Carlson
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Anoka, Minnesota, USA

Known for her stints on Fox News and CBS News, TV journalist Gretchen Carlson made headlines when she accused Fox CEO Roger Ailes of having sexually harassed her earlier, eventually causing him to resign. The former Miss America is also a skilled classical violinist and a Juilliard alumna.

 11 Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly.
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Famous As: Talk Show Host & Radio Personality
Birthdate: September 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

Bill O'Reilly is an American author, journalist, and former TV host. The host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly played a major role in the success of Fox News Channel during his time at the channel. He is also credited with founding the No Spin News podcast, which he has been hosting since 2017.

 12 Jenna Bush Hager

Jenna Bush Hager.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former American president George W. Bush, has been a teacher and a journalist. She has written several books, has worked with UNICEF, and has also co-hosted NBC shows such as The Today Show. She has also served as an editor for Southern Living magazine.

 13 William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst.
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Famous As: Newspaper Baron
Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 14, 1951

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher, businessman, and politician. He is credited with developing America's largest newspaper chain, Hearst Communications. Today, Hearst Communications has grown into a multinational business information and mass media conglomerate. William Randolph Hearst’s life and work inspired the creation of Charles Foster Kane, the main character in the 1941 drama film, Citizen Kane.

 14 Erin Andrews

Erin Andrews.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine, United States

Erin Andrews is an American television personality and sportscaster. She is the lead sideline reporter for Fox Sports' NFL broadcasting team. Also known for her charitable work, Andrews played a key role in the Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign, which aimed to raise funds for Feeding America, a non-profit organization. She also serves as an inspiration to those fighting cancer.

 15 Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell.
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fareham, Hampshire, England
Malcolm Gladwell is best known for his bestselling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He has also written for The New Yorker and The Washington Post. His writings encompass subjects such as psychology, economics, and sociology. Gladwell has also co-founded a podcast company and hosts the podcast Revisionist History.

 16 David Muir

David Muir.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York
Multiple Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning anchor David Muir is best known as a co-host of 20/20 and ABC's World News. His coverage of the 9/11 attacks earned him a National Headliner Award. One of the most-watched U.S. journalists, he was named to People's 2014 Sexiest Men Alive list. 

 17 Mika Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, 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.

 18 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

 19 George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts

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.

 20 Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

 21 Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston

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.

 22 Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace.
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 23 Gary Webb

Gary Webb
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Corona
Died: December 10, 2004

 24 Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera is best known for hosting the talk show Geraldo. He has also been part of the TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults and the shows Geraldo at Large, Geraldo Rivera Reports, and The Five. He has authored several books, such as Willowbrook.

 25 Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

Stephen A. Smith is an American sports journalist, sports radio host, and sports television personality. Known for his use of popular catchphrases, such as stay off the weed and blasphemous, Smith has been playing a major role in the success of ESPN's First Take. He also appears on SportsCenter and hosts his own radio show, The Stephen A. Smith Show.

 26 Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

NBC News anchor and broadcast journalist Savannah Guthrie is best known for co-anchoring the show Today. She appeared in the series finale of 30 Rock. She has penned two children’s books, too. She is also a practicing lawyer and has worked with domestic abuse victims.

 27 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: September 5, 2016

 28 Pauly Shore

Pauly Shore
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Musician, Journalist
Birthdate: February 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hollywood

 29 Jack London

Jack London.
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Famous As: Novelist & Journalist
Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 22, 1916

Jack London was an American novelist, social activist, and journalist. A pioneer of American magazines and commercial fiction, London was one of the first authors from the US to become an international celebrity. His life and work inspired several films, such as the 1943 movie Jack London and 1980 film Klondike Fever. He was also portrayed in several TV series.

 30 Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States

 31 Brian Williams

Brian Williams.
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Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
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.

 32 Julie Chen

Julie Chen
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Famous As: Presenter, Television producer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens

 33 Katy Tur

Katy Tur
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 34 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.

 35 Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta
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Famous As: Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Journalist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Novi

Born to Indian-origin parents in the U.S., Sanjay Gupta is an acclaimed neurosurgeon and medical writer. He has also had a successful stint as a medical reporter for CNN, covering medical issues at wars and disasters. He has played himself in the movie Contagion and is a skilled accordion player.

 36 Kaitlan Collins

Kaitlan Collins.
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Blogger
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prattville, Alabama

Kaitlan Collins is one of the most popular and influential American journalists of the current generation. As a White House correspondent for CNN, Collins traveled to at least six different countries with Donald Trump. She made headlines when she questioned Trump about Vladimir Putin, for which she was forbidden from attending a Trump administration press conference in 2018.

 37 Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luling, Texas, United States

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

 38 Randy Newman

Randy Newman
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Pianist
Birthdate: November 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 39 Bari Weiss

Bari Weiss
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 40 Brooke Baldwin

Brooke Baldwin.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Brooke Baldwin is an American television host and journalist. Since 2008, Brooke Baldwin has been an important member of CNN. She has been hosting CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, which has gained popularity over the years. Also a public speaker, Brooke Baldwin speaks at important events and venues.

 41 Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Illinois, United States

 42 Dana Bash

Dana Bash.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Dana Bash is an American journalist. Currently working as a chief political correspondent for CNN, Dana Bash has played a major role in the success of the TV channel. She became one of the few women to be honored in a 2014 event called Women in Washington Power List, which was organized by Elle magazine.

 43 Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jake Tapper is an American author, cartoonist, and journalist. Over the years, Jake Tapper's work as a journalist, which includes the coverage of President Barack Obama's inauguration, has been praised by many critics. As the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper plays a vital role in the TV channel's coverage of political matters.

 44 Kristen Welker

Kristen Welker
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 45 Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates gained international prominence while serving as the national correspondent at The Atlantic. His writings on socio-political issues related to African Americans and white supremacy garnered him much appreciation. He is a recipient of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. He also writes fiction and comics.

 46 Erin Burnett

Erin Burnett.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: July 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mardela Springs, Maryland, United States

Erin Burnett is an American news anchor. Dubbed the International Superstar, Burnett has hosted her own show Erin Burnett OutFront from the borders of Afghanistan, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates; she has also worked on a number of documentaries filmed inside India, Nigeria, Russia, and Libya. She has also reported from countries like Pakistan and China.

 47 Jesse Watters

Jesse Watters.
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Famous As: Political Commentator
Birthdate: July 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jesse Watters is best known for his aggressive ambush journalism and for his vox pop interviews featured in the "Watters' World” segment of the show The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News. A seasoned political commentator, he has also hosted the talk shows The Five and Outnumbered.

 48 Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite.
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph
Died: July 17, 2009
TV journalist Walter Cronkite, named “The most trusted man in America," is remembered for his 19-year association with CBS Evening News and his catchphrase "And that's the way it is.” His U.S. space program reports made him the only non-NASA person to receive the Ambassador of Exploration award.

 49 Keely Shaye Smith

Keely Shaye Smith.
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Famous As: Journalist, Wife of Pierce Brosnan
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vallejo, California
Keely Shaye Smith, wife of Pierce Brosnan, was initially an NBC correspondent for Unsolved Mysteries. She also co-created the gardening show Home Green Home. She has, along with her husband, testified before the Environmental Protection Agency, supporting the new Climate Change Bill, and has co-directed the award-winning documentary Poisoning Paradise.

 50 Gayle King

Gayle King.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
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.