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.
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
27 April 1988

Fred RogersFred Rogers
20 March 1928
Television Personality

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Martha StewartMartha Stewart
03 August 1941
TV Show Host

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954
Media proprietor

Stan LeeStan Lee
28 December 1922
Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron

Megyn KellyMegyn Kelly
18 November 1970
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

Alex TrebekAlex Trebek
22 July 1940
American-Canadian Television personality

Howard SternHoward Stern
12 January 1954
Radio & TV Personality
Maria ShriverMaria Shriver
06 November 1955

Terry BradshawTerry Bradshaw
02 September 1948
Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Jimmy FallonJimmy Fallon
19 September 1974
Television Host

Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell
03 September 1963
Writer, Journalist

Matt LauerMatt Lauer
30 December 1957
Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
09 April 1926
Founder of Playboy Magazine

Molly QerimMolly Qerim
31 March 1985
TV Anchor
Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper
03 June 1967

Jared KushnerJared Kushner
10 January 1981
Senior Advisor to the President of the United

David LettermanDavid Letterman
12 April 1947
TV Presenter

Larry KingLarry King
19 November 1933
American Television and Radio Host
Pat SajakPat Sajak
26 October 1946
Television Personality
John F. Kennedy Jr.John F. Kennedy Jr.
25 November 1960
Son of John F. Kennedy

James Douglas Muir LenoJay Leno
28 April 1950
Television Host

Rachel MaddowRachel Maddow
01 April 1973
American television host

Ricki LakeRicki Lake
21 September 1968
Jimmy KimmelJimmy Kimmel
13 November 1967

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Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Writer, Cartoonist

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

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

Bill MaherBill Maher
20 January 1956
Talk Show Host
Paula AbdulPaula Abdul
19 June 1962
Singer-songwriter, Choreographer, Dancer,

Alex JonesAlex Jones
11 February 1974
Radio Personality
Ann CoulterAnn Coulter
08 December 1961

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

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator
Wendy WilliamsWendy Williams
18 July 1964
TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author

Lauren SanchezLauren Sánchez
19 December 1969
News Anchor
LaVar BallLaVar Ball
23 October 1967
Media Personality

Ryan SeacrestRyan Seacrest
24 December 1974
Television Show Host & Radio Personality

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

Roger EbertRoger Ebert
18 June 1942

Joan RiversJoan Rivers
08 June 1933
Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens
13 April 1949

Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Guilfoyle
09 March 1969
News Anchor

Barbara WaltersBarbara Walters
25 September 1929

Abby HuntsmanAbby Huntsman
01 May 1986
Journalist, TV Presenter
Sean HannitySean Hannity
30 December 1961
Talk Show Host

Katelyn OhashiKatelyn Ohashi
12 April 1997
Artistic Gymnast
Matt GroeningMatt Groening
15 February 1954
Cartoonist, Animator

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress

Meghan McCainMeghan McCain
23 October 1984
Columnist & TV Host
Lynne CheneyLynne Cheney
14 August 1941
Author, Former Show Host

Ainsley EarhardtAinsley Earhardt
20 September 1976
TV Anchor
William Randolph HearstWilliam Randolph Hearst
29 April 1863
Newspaper Baron

George StephanopoulosGeorge Stephanopoulos
10 February 1961

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

Sasha AlexanderSasha Alexander
17 May 1973
Debi MazarDebi Mazar
13 August 1964

Casey KasemCasey Kasem
27 April 1932
Radio Jockey, Voice Actor

David MuirDavid Muir
08 November 1973

Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh
12 January 1951
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former
Jon StewartJon Stewart
28 November 1962
American comedian

Rosie PerezRosie Perez
06 September 1964
Film Actress & Show Host

Shel SilversteinShel Silverstein
25 September 1930

Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem
25 March 1934
Rachael RayRachael Ray
25 August 1968
TV Personality, Celebrity Cook, Author

Katie CouricKatie Couric
07 January 1957

Geraldo RiveraGeraldo Rivera
04 July 1943

Shannon BreamShannon Bream
23 December 1970

Keely Shaye SmithKeely Shaye Smith
25 September 1963
Journalist, Wife of Pierce Brosnan
Nellie BlyNellie Bly
05 May 1864

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Tamron HallTamron Hall
16 September 1970

Jedediah BilaJedediah Bila
29 January 1979
TV Host

Pete HegsethPete Hegseth
06 June 1980
Alton BrownAlton Brown
30 July 1962
TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author

David BromstadDavid Bromstad
17 August 1973
TV Personality
Bethenny FrankelBethenny Frankel
04 November 1970
Television Personality

Brandi CyrusBrandi Cyrus
26 May 1987

Oliver NorthOliver North
07 October 1943
Political Commentator and Television Host

Allen LuddenAllen Ludden
05 October 1917
Game Show Host
Zak BagansZak Bagans
05 April 1977
Television Personality

Mike RoweMike Rowe
18 March 1962
Television Presenter
Brian WilliamsBrian Williams
05 May 1959

Dan RatherDan Rather
31 October 1931
Katherine TimpfKatherine Timpf
29 October 1988
TV Presenter

Holly MadisonHolly Madison
23 December 1979
Author, Model, Reality TV Star
Diane SawyerDiane Sawyer
22 December 1945