Who do you think are the most influential people in the world? No, not a ruthless tyrant, a wealthy tycoon, a movie hero or a statesman. Despite the infinite number of high-powered lot, the only people who hold the power to drive a national conversation and influence general opinion are media persons. Love them or hate them, there is no way you can turn a deaf ear to anything they say. In addition to their primary role of keeping viewers informed and entertained, they yield unparalleled influence on their audience’s lives. America has produced a steady stream of media persons — good, bad and ugly. Some of them we love to listen and follow others we clearly love to hate. Let us explore the biographies, timelines, trivia and facts on the lives of the newsmen, anchors, and media moguls who run the news cycle, drive the entertainment business, ferry us into the lives of all famous and infamous men and keep us abreast of the happenings in the world around us.
Fred RogersFred Rogers
20 March 1928
Television Personality
27 April 1988

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
12 January 1951
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former

Megyn KellyMegyn Kelly
18 November 1970

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958

Alex TrebekAlex Trebek
22 July 1940
American-Canadian Television personality
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954
Media proprietor

Rupert MurdochRupert Murdoch
11 March 1931
Media Mogul

Monica LewinskyMonica Lewinsky
23 July 1973
American Television Personality
MacKenzie BezosMacKenzie Bezos
07 April 1970
Novelist, Journalist

Don ImusDon Imus
23 July 1940
Radio Talk Show Host
Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Pat SajakPat Sajak
26 October 1946
Television Personality

Howard SternHoward Stern
12 January 1954
Radio & TV Personality

Maria ShriverMaria Shriver
06 November 1955

Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Paula AbdulPaula Abdul
19 June 1962

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Martha StewartMartha Stewart
03 August 1941
TV Show Host

Terry BradshawTerry Bradshaw
02 September 1948
Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper
03 June 1967

Jimmy FallonJimmy Fallon
19 September 1974
Television Host
Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist

Lauren SanchezLauren Sánchez
19 December 1969
News Anchor

Molly QerimMolly Qerim
31 March 1985
TV Anchor
Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
09 April 1926
Founder of Playboy Magazine
Jared KushnerJared Kushner
10 January 1981
Senior Advisor to the President of the United

Jimmy KimmelJimmy Kimmel
13 November 1967

Ryan SeacrestRyan Seacrest
24 December 1974
Television Show Host & Radio Personality
Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams
18 July 1964
TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author

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Barbara WaltersBarbara Walters
25 September 1929
John F. Kennedy Jr.John F. Kennedy Jr.
25 November 1960
Son of John F. Kennedy

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937
Journalist and Author

Matt LauerMatt Lauer
30 December 1957
Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
James CarvilleJames Carville
25 October 1944
Political Consultant

Alex JonesAlex Jones
11 February 1974
Radio Personality

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

Andy CohenAndy Cohen
02 June 1968
Television Show Host
Ainsley EarhardtAinsley Earhardt
20 September 1976
TV Anchor

Hoda KotbHoda Kotb
09 August 1964
Journalist, Author, TV Anchor

Allen LuddenAllen Ludden
05 October 1917
Game Show Host

LaVar BallLaVar Ball
23 October 1967
Media Personality

Rachel MaddowRachel Maddow
01 April 1973
American television host
Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933

Larry KingLarry King
19 November 1933
American Television and Radio Host
Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
13 April 1949

Roger EbertRoger Ebert
18 June 1942

Bill MaherBill Maher
20 January 1956
Talk Show Host
Sean HannitySean Hannity
30 December 1961
Talk Show Host

Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Guilfoyle
09 March 1969
News Anchor
David LettermanDavid Letterman
12 April 1947
TV Presenter

Abby HuntsmanAbby Huntsman
01 May 1986
Journalist, TV Presenter

James Douglas Muir LenoJay Leno
28 April 1950
Television Host

Jerry SpringerJerry Springer
13 February 1944
Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News

Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961
David BromstadDavid Bromstad
17 August 1973
TV Personality

Oliver NorthOliver North
07 October 1943
Political Commentator and Television Host

Ricki LakeRicki Lake
21 September 1968

Matt GroeningMatt Groening
15 February 1954
Cartoonist, Animator
George StephanopoulosGeorge Stephanopoulos
10 February 1961

Meghan McCainMeghan McCain
23 October 1984
Columnist & TV Host
Jon StewartJon Stewart
28 November 1962
American comedian

Sasha AlexanderSasha Alexander
17 May 1973

Lynda LopezLynda Lopez
14 June 1971
Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem
25 March 1934
Rosie PerezRosie Perez
06 September 1964
Film Actress & Show Host

David MuirDavid Muir
08 November 1973

Ree DrummondRee Drummond
06 January 1969
Jenna Bush HagerJenna Bush Hager
25 November 1981

Casey KasemCasey Kasem
27 April 1932
Radio Jockey, Voice Actor
William Randolph HearstWilliam Randolph Hearst
29 April 1863
Newspaper Baron

Geraldo RiveraGeraldo Rivera
04 July 1943

Bill HemmerBill Hemmer
14 November 1964

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress
Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
25 September 1930
Shannon BreamShannon Bream
23 December 1970

Tamron HallTamron Hall
16 September 1970

Jedediah BilaJedediah Bila
29 January 1979
TV Host

Brandi CyrusBrandi Cyrus
26 May 1987
Pete HegsethPete Hegseth
06 June 1980

Alton BrownAlton Brown
30 July 1962
TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author

Merv GriffinMerv Griffin
06 July 1925
TV Host

Keely Shaye SmithKeely Shaye Smith
25 September 1963
Journalist, Wife of Pierce Brosnan

Rachael RayRachael Ray
25 August 1968
TV Personality, Celebrity Cook, Author
Debi MazarDebi Mazar
13 August 1964

Katelyn OhashiKatelyn Ohashi
12 April 1997
Artistic Gymnast
Mike RoweMike Rowe
18 March 1962
Television Presenter

Trish ReganTrish Regan
13 December 1972
Television Host, Journalist
Zak BagansZak Bagans
05 April 1977
Television Personality
Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958