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

MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Maria ShriverMaria Shriver
06 November 1955
Journalist

Megyn KellyMegyn Kelly
18 November 1970
Journalist

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author
Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress

Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978
Daughter of Steve Jobs

Jenna Bush HagerJenna Bush Hager
25 November 1981
Journalist

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
 
Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
13 April 1949
Author

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist
Walter CronkiteWalter Cronkite
04 November 1916
Broadcaster

Meghan McCainMeghan McCain
23 October 1984
Columnist & TV Host

Barbara WaltersBarbara Walters
25 September 1929
Journalist
George StephanopoulosGeorge Stephanopoulos
10 February 1961
Journalist

Hoda KotbHoda Kotb
09 August 1964
Journalist, Author, TV Anchor
Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

David MuirDavid Muir
08 November 1973
Journalist

Katie CouricKatie Couric
07 January 1957
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

Pete HegsethPete Hegseth
06 June 1980
Journalist

Geraldo RiveraGeraldo Rivera
04 July 1943
Journalist
Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem
25 March 1934
Journalist
Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

Dan RatherDan Rather
31 October 1931
Journalist

Diane SawyerDiane Sawyer
22 December 1945
Journalist

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

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Chuck Palahniuk Chuck Palahniuk
21 February 1962
Novelist & Journalist

George WillGeorge Will
04 May 1941
 

Nellie BlyNellie Bly
05 May 1864
Journalist

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist
Deborah NorvilleDeborah Norville
08 August 1958
Journalist

Abby HuntsmanAbby Huntsman
01 May 1986
Journalist, TV Presenter
Bianna GolodrygaBianna Golodryga
15 June 1978
Journalist

Kasie HuntKasie Hunt
24 May 1985
American Correspondent

Erin BurnettErin Burnett
02 July 1976
News Anchor
Maria BartiromoMaria Bartiromo
11 September 1967
TV Journalist

Jane PauleyJane Pauley
31 October 1950
Journalist
Dorothy KilgallenDorothy Kilgallen
03 July 1913
Journalist

Andrea TantarosAndrea Tantaros
30 December 1978
Political Analyst

Peter JenningsPeter Jennings
29 July 1938
Journalist

Connie ChungConnie Chung
20 August 1946
Journalist

Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington
15 July 1950
American-Greek author
Ryan HaddonRyan Haddon
1971 AD
Journalist

David SimonDavid Simon
09 February 1960
Author

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
Lynda LopezLynda Lopez
14 June 1971
Journalist

Jim CramerJim Cramer
10 February 1955
 

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955
Author, Journalist, Activist
Chris MatthewsChris Matthews
17 December 1945
 

Craig MelvinCraig Melvin
20 May 1979
Journalist, News Anchor
Joan LundenJoan Lunden
19 September 1950
Journalist

Thomas FriedmanThomas Friedman
20 July 1953
Journalist & Author

Martha GellhornMartha Gellhorn
08 November 1908
Journalist & Writer
Erin AndrewsErin Andrews
04 May 1978
Journalist

Hallie JacksonHallie Jackson
29 April 1984
Political Reporter, Analyst
Paula ZahnPaula Zahn
24 February 1956
Newscaster, Journalist

Katie PavlichKatie Pavlich
10 July 1988
Commentator

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
12 September 1880
 

Trish ReganTrish Regan
13 December 1972
Television Host, Journalist
Hedda HopperHedda Hopper
02 May 1885
Actress
Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley
28 January 1841
Explorer

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
Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin
20 October 1970
Blogger

Mina KimesMina Kimes
08 September 1985
Journalist

Ben BradleeBen Bradlee
26 August 1921
Newspaper Editor & Journalist

Harris FaulknerHarris Faulkner
13 October 1965
News Anchor

Judy WoodruffJudy Woodruff
20 November 1946
Journalist
Heather NauertHeather Nauert
27 January 1970
Journalist

Ben MankiewiczBen Mankiewicz
25 March 1967
Journalist, Film Critic
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

Sam DonaldsonSam Donaldson
1934 AD
Reporter
Suzy KolberSuzy Kolber
14 May 1964
Sportscaster

Laura RutledgeLaura Rutledge
02 October 1988
Reporter

Dorothy DayDorothy Day
08 November 1897
 

Catherine HerridgeCatherine Herridge
18 May 1964
News Correspondent
Maureen DowdMaureen Dowd
14 January 1952
American Columnist

Kate SnowKate Snow
10 May 1969
TV Journalist
Jessica SavitchJessica Savitch
01 February 1947
News Anchor

Phil BronsteinPhil Bronstein
04 October 1950
Journalist
Lauren ShehadiLauren Shehadi
23 May 1983
Sportscaster

David BrinkleyDavid Brinkley
10 July 1920
American newscaster
Kate BolduanKate Bolduan
28 July 1983
Journalist