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.
Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper
03 June 1967
Journalist
Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Maria ShriverMaria Shriver
06 November 1955
Journalist

John F. Kennedy Jr.John F. Kennedy Jr.
25 November 1960
Son of John F. Kennedy

Hoda KotbHoda Kotb
09 August 1964
Journalist, Author, TV Anchor
Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author

Jenna Bush HagerJenna Bush Hager
25 November 1981
Journalist

Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
13 April 1949
Author

Meghan McCainMeghan McCain
23 October 1984
Columnist & TV Host
Barbara WaltersBarbara Walters
25 September 1929
Journalist

Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978
Daughter of Steve Jobs
George StephanopoulosGeorge Stephanopoulos
10 February 1961
Journalist

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist

Abby HuntsmanAbby Huntsman
01 May 1986
Journalist, TV Presenter
Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

Megyn KellyMegyn Kelly
18 November 1970
Journalist
David MuirDavid Muir
08 November 1973
Journalist

Brian WilliamsBrian Williams
05 May 1959
 

Shannon BreamShannon Bream
23 December 1970
Journalist
Keely Shaye SmithKeely Shaye Smith
25 September 1963
Journalist, Wife of Pierce Brosnan

Tamron HallTamron Hall
16 September 1970
Journalist
Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem
25 March 1934
Journalist

Pete HegsethPete Hegseth
06 June 1980
Journalist

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
 
Nellie BlyNellie Bly
05 May 1864
Journalist
Dan RatherDan Rather
31 October 1931
Journalist

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist

Diane SawyerDiane Sawyer
22 December 1945
Journalist

Marie ColvinMarie Colvin
12 January 1956
Journalist
Sunny HostinSunny Hostin
20 October 1968
Lawyer

Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk
21 February 1962
Novelist & Journalist

Trish ReganTrish Regan
13 December 1972
Television Host, Journalist

Katie CouricKatie Couric
07 January 1957
Journalist

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Walter CronkiteWalter Cronkite
04 November 1916
Broadcaster
Deborah NorvilleDeborah Norville
08 August 1958
Journalist

Geraldo RiveraGeraldo Rivera
04 July 1943
Journalist
Bianna GolodrygaBianna Golodryga
15 June 1978
Journalist

Kasie HuntKasie Hunt
24 May 1985
American Correspondent

Erin BurnettErin Burnett
02 July 1976
News Anchor
Jane PauleyJane Pauley
31 October 1950
Journalist

George WillGeorge Will
04 May 1941
 
Maria BartiromoMaria Bartiromo
11 September 1967
TV Journalist

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955
Author, Journalist, Activist

Connie ChungConnie Chung
20 August 1946
Journalist

Dorothy KilgallenDorothy Kilgallen
03 July 1913
Journalist

Jim CramerJim Cramer
10 February 1955
 
Brooke BaldwinBrooke Baldwin
12 July 1979
Journalist

Stephanie RuhleStephanie Ruhle
24 December 1975
Journalist & News Anchor

Dana LoeschDana Loesch
28 September 1978
Political Commentator

Amy RobachAmy Robach
06 February 1973
Journalist, TV Anchor
Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington
15 July 1950
American-Greek author

Peter JenningsPeter Jennings
29 July 1938
Journalist
Ryan HaddonRyan Haddon
1971 AD
Journalist

Craig MelvinCraig Melvin
20 May 1979
Journalist, News Anchor

Joan LundenJoan Lunden
19 September 1950
Journalist
Thomas FriedmanThomas Friedman
20 July 1953
Journalist & Author

David SimonDavid Simon
09 February 1960
Author
Chris MatthewsChris Matthews
17 December 1945
 

Erin AndrewsErin Andrews
04 May 1978
Journalist

Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn
08 November 1908
Journalist & Writer
Paula ZahnPaula Zahn
24 February 1956
Newscaster, Journalist

Katie PavlichKatie Pavlich
10 July 1988
Commentator
H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
12 September 1880
 

Hedda HopperHedda Hopper
02 May 1885
Actress

Ben BradleeBen Bradlee
26 August 1921
Newspaper Editor & Journalist

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce Ambrose Bierce
24 June 1842
Journalist & Writer, soldier
Dana BashDana Bash
15 June 1971
Journalist
Dagen McDowellDagen McDowell
07 January 1969
News Anchor

Mina KimesMina Kimes
08 September 1985
Journalist

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley
28 January 1841
Explorer

Harris FaulknerHarris Faulkner
13 October 1965
News Anchor
Judy WoodruffJudy Woodruff
20 November 1946
Journalist

Ben MankiewiczBen Mankiewicz
25 March 1967
Journalist, Film Critic

Dorothy DayDorothy Day
08 November 1897
 

Heather NauertHeather Nauert
27 January 1970
Journalist

Bill HemmerBill Hemmer
14 November 1964
Journalist
Gloria BorgerGloria Borger
22 September 1952
Political Analyst & Journalist

Jemele HillJemele Hill
21 December 1975
Journalist
Kaitlan CollinsKaitlan Collins
07 April 1992
Journalist, Writer, Blogger

Suzy KolberSuzy Kolber
14 May 1964
Sportscaster

Laura RutledgeLaura Rutledge
02 October 1988
Reporter
Catherine HerridgeCatherine Herridge
18 May 1964
News Correspondent

Lynda LopezLynda Lopez
14 June 1971
Journalist
Kate SnowKate Snow
10 May 1969
TV Journalist

Jessica SavitchJessica Savitch
01 February 1947
News Anchor

Phil BronsteinPhil Bronstein
04 October 1950
Journalist

Walter LippmannWalter Lippmann
23 September 1889
First to introduce the concept of Cold War
Mary Pinchot MeyerMary Pinchot Meyer
14 October 1920
Painter & Journalist

Diana VreelandDiana Vreeland
29 July 1906
Magazine editor, fashion journalist and special
Ana CabreraAna Cabrera
13 May 1982
Journalist

David BrinkleyDavid Brinkley
10 July 1920
American newscaster

Walter WinchellWalter Winchell
07 April 1897
Journalist, Radio Personality

Pauline Pfeiffer Pauline Pfeiffer
22 July 1895
Journalist & Second Wife of Ernest Hemingway
James ThurberJames Thurber
08 December 1894
Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright