Famous American Media Personalities

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite American Media Personalities

 1 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres
6
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Comedian, television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres is the first actress to win a Saturn Award for a voice performance, winning the accolade for her role in the film Finding Nemo. She has hosted the Academy Awards and has published four books. She is openly lesbian and supports LGBTQA+ rights. She has been accused of workplace harassment.

 2 Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly
8
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

Recommended Lists:

 3 Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle
16
Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

One of the prominent speakers at the Republican National Convention 2020 and a vocal supporter of American President, Donald Trump, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a senior advisor and top fundraiser at Trump’s re-election campaign. A former deputy district attorney, prosecutor, legal analyst at CNN and TV host at Fox News, Guilfoyle is rumoured to be the Donald Trump Jr.’s partner.  

 4 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
17
Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

Recommended Lists:

 5 Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss
0
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 24, 1991

Dr. Seuss was an American children's author, illustrator, and political cartoonist. He is credited with writing some of the most famous children's books ever, including The Cat in the Hat. His works were translated into over 20 languages and sold more than 600 million copies by the time of his death. Many of his creations were adapted into animated cartoons.

 6 Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh
7
Famous As: Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former Television Host
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Mostly known for his controversial comments on the LGBT community, sexual consent, and climate change, Rush Limbaugh has hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show, one of the highest-rated in the U.S. He has also hosted a TV show, written several books, including two bestsellers, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom

 7 Lizzo

Lizzo
2
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.
You May Like

 8 Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem
2
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

Recommended Lists:

 9 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro
15
Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 10 Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey
0
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Comedian, businessman and entertainer Steve Harvey has been active in the entertainment world since 1985. Born to parents who were avid movie lovers, he developed an early love for performing. He began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian and soon started performing in TV shows and films. Also an entrepreneur, he founded Steve Harvey Global (SHG).

 11 David Muir

David Muir
2
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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. 

 12 Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain
9
Famous As: Columnist & TV Host
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

Recommended Lists:

 13 Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel
0
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Jimmy Kimmel is an American TV host and writer. He is credited with creating one of the most popular American late-night talk shows of all time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! He is also credited with co-founding The Feast of San Gennaro. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Influential People.

 14 Bill Nye

Bill Nye
2
Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Bill Nye is an American mechanical engineer, television presenter, and science communicator. He is known for hosting the live-action science program Bill Nye the Science Guy. He is credited with inventing a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube, which is used on the Boeing 747 airplanes. He also helped develop MarsDial, a sundial that became part of the Mars Exploration Rover missions.

 15 Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson
0
Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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.

 16 Dr. Phil McGraw

Dr. Phil McGraw
0
Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Phil McGraw, or Dr. Phil, is a well-known psychologist and TV personality. He gained fame with his frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and then launched his advice show Dr. Phil. He owns the charity Dr. Phil Foundation and has a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 17 Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace
0
Famous As: Former White House Communications Director
Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Nicolle Wallace has been Jeb Bush's press secretary, the White House communications director under George W. Bush, and John McCain’s senior political advisor. She has also hosted Deadline: White House and The View, and written three political novels, including Eighteen Acres. A self-proclaimed “non-practicing Republican,” she supports same-sex marriage.

 18 Jeannie Mai

Jeannie Mai
2
Famous As: Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: January 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 19 Jocko Willink

Jocko Willink
0
Famous As: Podcaster
Birthdate: September 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie
4
Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 21 Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters
0
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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 Nora Lum

Nora Lum
0
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Nora Lum, or Awkwafina, soared to fame with the song My Vag, which became a YouTube hit. She then delivered her album Yellow Ranger and appeared in the series Girl Code. With The Farewell, she became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for the lead female.

 23 Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall
0
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 24 Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow
0
Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American journalist Ronan Farrow played a major role in reporting the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His work, which was published in The New Yorker, earned the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also responsible for exposing allegations against personalities like jurist Brett Kavanaugh, media executive Les Moonves, and politician Eric Schneiderman.

 25 Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell
0
Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.

 26 Justin Roiland

Justin Roiland
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 27 Jon Lovett

Jon Lovett
0
Famous As: Podcaster
Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 28 Kaitlan Collins

Kaitlan Collins
0
Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Blogger
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 29 Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner
0
Famous As: Founder of Playboy Magazine
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 27, 2017

As the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner changed the way people viewed nudity. Known for his enviable lifestyle, he resided in luxury mansions along with his Playboy Playmates. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hefner made significant donations to various causes. He also supported freedom of expression and sexual liberation.

 30 Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond
0
Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: January 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Ree Drummond is an American author, blogger, food writer, television personality, and photographer. In 2010, she was named in Forbes magazine's Top 25 Web Celebrities list. Riding on the success of her blog The Pioneer Woman, which was adjudged Weblog of the Year for three consecutive years at the Weblog Awards, Drummond went on to present her own television program.

 31 Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward
0
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 32 Matt Groening

Matt Groening
0
Famous As: Cartoonist, Animator
Birthdate: February 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Matt Groening is best known as the creator of the iconic animated sitcom The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American primetime TV series and has won Groening 11 Emmys. He had initially gained fame for the comic strip Life in Hell and also created Futurama and the Netflix series Disenchantment.

 33 Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith
0
Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 34 Katie Couric

Katie Couric
2
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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 Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
0
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 10, 1999

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

 36 Lester Holt

Lester Holt
0
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Lester Holt is an American journalist who is the face of 'NBC News' since 2000. He hosts and co-hosts some of NBC's important programs, such as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. In 1990, he was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work. In 2015, he was made an inductee of the California Hall of Fame.

 37 Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart
2
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

The founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart has found success with several business ventures. She is also the publisher of a magazine called Martha Stewart Living and has written many bestselling books. Although she was convicted of charges pertaining to the ImClone stock trading case, she made a comeback and became chairwoman of her company.

 38 Lisa Ann

Lisa Ann
0
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 39 Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Timothy Olyphant became known to a wider audience when he portrayed the character of a righteous, brooding Sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006. He later played the same role in the 2019 film Deadwood: The Movie. He received critical acclaim for playing the role of a deputy US Marshall in the television series Justified.

 40 Abby Huntsman

Abby Huntsman
0
Famous As: Journalist, TV Presenter
Birthdate: May 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 41 Julie Chen

Julie Chen
0
Famous As: Presenter, Television producer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 42 Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes
0
Famous As: Former CEO of Fox News Channel
Birthdate: May 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 18, 2017

Roger Ailes played a key role in shaping American media before he was forced to step down as the CEO of 20th Television after allegations of sexual misconduct. He also played an important role in shaping America's politics in the late 20th century as he served as a media consultant for Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan.

 43 Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck
0
Famous As: CEO of TheBlaze
Birthdate: February 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Glenn Beck is an American radio host, political commentator, and television producer. He hosts the popular talk-radio show, Glenn Beck Radio Program. Also a philanthropist, Glenn Beck founded Mercury One, a non-profit organization designed to sustain itself without the need for donations or grants.

 44 Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem
0
Famous As: Radio Jockey, Voice Actor
Birthdate: April 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 15, 2014
Legendary RJ and voice actor Casey Kasem is remembered as the host of several hit radio countdown shows, most notably American Top 40. He had also voiced countless characters in animated children’s programs, such as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He was a vegan and took interest in American politics.

 45 Larry King

Larry King
0
Famous As: American Television and Radio Host
Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 23, 2021

Regarded as one of the most popular American TV and radio hosts, Larry King was famous for hosting the successful and popular TV program, Larry King Live. The recipient of several awards, King was an iconic figure on American television. Also known for his charitable works, he founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help poor people undergo cardiac procedures.

 46 Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Ricki Lake is an American television presenter and actress known for her talk show. Well-known for her struggle with obesity and hair loss, Lake has been working hard on maintaining her weight, thereby serving as an inspiration to those struggling with obesity and eating disorders. Not surprisingly, she has been mentioned in popular songs, such as Strong by Robbie Williams.

 47 Tomi Lahren

Tomi Lahren
2
Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Tomi Lahren is an American TV host-turned-conservative political commentator. Tomi Lahren, who currently hosts a talk show on Fox Nation, has made controversial comments in the past, attracting criticisms and support from all over America. She supports women's empowerment, abortion rights, and LGBT rights.

 48 Wolf Blitzer

Wolf Blitzer
2
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 49 Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul
0
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Starting her career as a cheerleader, Paula Abdul went on to choreograph music videos for Janet Jackson. She then tried her hand at singing-songwriting and released a highly successful debut studio album. Also an award-winning actress, Paula was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also appeared in TV shows like American Idol.

 50 Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash
0
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American