Famous American TV Anchors

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With the dawn of television came the rise of the anchorman. Perched behind a desk, intently gazing into the camera and reading the news every evening in a calm and steady voice — he became the face one would eagerly wait to watch every day. Evening after evening, Americans welcome him into their homes to navigate them through the nation’s happenings – both tragedies and triumphs. However, with the advent of Internet, more and more Americans are ditching TV for their daily dose of news. There is a genuine scarcity of real anchormen out there. The once convincing, credible anchorman is fast becoming an endangered species on American television. From Fox News to CNN, the news industry is replacing real anchors with lesser journalists who are more bothered about the appearance of their work than the real job. During this drought, we can look back and learn about some of America’s greatest anchormen who epitomized American television in the past. Read their biographies to explore the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of some such TV anchors.
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 1 
Fred Rogers
(Television Host)
Fred Rogers
17
Birthdate: March 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 27, 2003

TV personality, musician, and author, Fred Rogers, is best remembered for hosting the preschool TV series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for over 30 years, from 1968 to 2001. His work was widely lauded and he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. Besides his TV career, he was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

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Martha Stewart
(Businesswoman)
Martha Stewart
8
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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.

 3 
David Muir
(Journalist)
David Muir
6
Birthdate: November 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York
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. 
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Ryan Seacrest
(Radio Personality)
Ryan Seacrest
8
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunwoody, Georgia, United States

Ryan Seacrest is an American television host, radio personality, and producer. He gained national recognition after hosting the popular singing competition TV series, American Idol. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Seacrest established the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2010. He is also credited with producing a men's skincare line called Polished.

 5 
Gretchen Carlson
(Former Host of CBS News Show 'The Early Show' and Fox News Show 'Fox & Friends')
Gretchen Carlson
4
Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coon Rapids, Minnesota, United States

Known for her stints on Fox News and CBS News, TV journalist Gretchen Carlson made headlines when she accused Fox CEO Roger Ailes of having sexually harassed her earlier, eventually causing him to resign. The former Miss America is also a skilled classical violinist and a Juilliard alumna.

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Hoda Kotb
(Journalist and Co-Anchor of The NBC Show 'Today')
Hoda Kotb
8
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Egyptian-American TV journalist Hoda Kotb is best known as the co-host of the shows NBC Morning Show, Dateline NBC, Today. Named to Time 100, she has also authored several books, including a bestselling autobiography. A breast cancer survivor, she now also works to raise awareness about the disease.
 7 
Anderson Cooper
(Journalist & Anchor of CNN Show 'Anderson Cooper 360°')
Anderson Cooper
20
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.

 8 
Barbara Walters
(Producer and Co-Host on the ABC Newsmagazine '20/20')
Barbara Walters
12
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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.

 9 
George Stephanopoulos
(Co-Anchor of ABC TV Show 'Good Morning America')
George Stephanopoulos
8
Birthdate: February 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

George Stephanopoulos is an American political commentator and TV host. Currently serving as the chief anchor for ABC News, Stephanopoulos plays an important role in deciding the format of shows like Good Morning America. A well-known figure in popular culture, Stephanopoulos inspired the character of Henry Burton in the novel Primary Colors, which was later adapted into a film.

 10 
Ainsley Earhardt
(TV personality)
Ainsley Earhardt
14
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States

Ainsley Earhardt is an American journalist and television personality known for her association with Fox News. A co-host of popular daily morning news/talk program Fox & Friends, Ainsley Earhardt has been an important member of Fox News Channel since 2007. She has also had quite an impact as a writer, having published children's books, such as Take Heart, My Child.

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Erin Burnett
(News Anchor and Host of 'Erin Burnett OutFront' on CNN)
Erin Burnett
7
Birthdate: July 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mardela Springs, Maryland, United States

Erin Burnett is an American news anchor. Dubbed the International Superstar, Burnett has hosted her own show Erin Burnett OutFront from the borders of Afghanistan, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates; she has also worked on a number of documentaries filmed inside India, Nigeria, Russia, and Libya. She has also reported from countries like Pakistan and China.

 12 
Molly Qerim
(Sports Anchor and Host of ESPN's ‘First Take’)
Molly Qerim
4
Birthdate: March 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Sports anchor Molly Qerim is best known for her stint on ESPN's First Take. Her work inclues on-site reporting from multiple Super Bowls and other events. She had preciously hosted NFL Network shows NFL AM and NFL Fantasy Live. She is married to NBA player and ESPN host Jalen Rose. 
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Billy Bush
(Television Personality, Radio Host appearing as a correspondent on Access Hollywood from 2001 to 2004)
Billy Bush
4
Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
 14 
Brooke Baldwin
(Journalist and Television Host of 'CNN Newsroom')
Brooke Baldwin
5
Birthdate: July 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Brooke Baldwin is an American television host and journalist. Since 2008, Brooke Baldwin has been an important member of CNN. She has been hosting CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, which has gained popularity over the years. Also a public speaker, Brooke Baldwin speaks at important events and venues.

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Jessi Combs
(Race Car Driver)
Jessi Combs
3
Birthdate: July 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Died: August 27, 2019

Professional racer, TV personality and metal fabricator, Jessi Combs, is remembered for setting a women's land speed class record (four wheels) in 2013. She was known as "the fastest woman on four wheels.” As a TV presenter, she co-hosted over 90 episodes of the Spike TV show, Xtreme 4x4. She died in a car crash while racing in 2019. 

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Brian Williams
(Journalist, News Anchor)
Brian Williams
4
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Brian Williams is best known for his 10-year stint as the host of NBC Nightly News. In 2015, he was suspended for his controversial coverage of the Iraq War back in 2003. The Walter Cronkite Award-winning jorunalist was later demoted and worked as a breaking news anchor on MSNBC.
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Martha MacCallum
(News Anchor)
Martha MacCallum
5
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
Journalist and anchor Martha MacCallum is best known as the host of The Story with Martha MacCallum on Fox News. The two-time Gracie Award-winner has also been dragged into controversy for suggesting that the gender pay gap may be a myth and for calling COVID-19 the “China Virus.”
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Savannah Guthrie
(Co-Anchor of the NBC News Morning Show 'Today')
Savannah Guthrie
4
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

NBC News anchor and broadcast journalist Savannah Guthrie is best known for co-anchoring the show Today. She appeared in the series finale of 30 Rock. She has penned two children’s books, too. She is also a practicing lawyer and has worked with domestic abuse victims.

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Gayle King
(Author and Broadcast Journalist Known for Co-Hosting the Morning Show ‘CBS Mornings’)
Gayle King
4
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

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Lauren Sánchez
(News Anchor)
Lauren Sánchez
8
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Lauren Sánchez is a news anchor who has won an Emmy Award for her work. Apart from being a news anchor, Sánchez is also an actress, pilot, and entrepreneur. She is credited with founding the first female-owned aerial production company, Black Ops Aviation. Also known for her good looks, Sánchez has been featured in lists like People's 50 Most Beautiful.

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Diane Sawyer
(Broadcast Journalist Known for Anchoring News Shows 'ABC World News Tonight' and 'Good Morning America')
Diane Sawyer
5
Birthdate: December 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
The first female corrrespondant on 60 Minutes, a trailblazer for female journalists, a former co-host of Good Morning America and an aid to President Richard Nixon where she assisted in post-presidency memoirs, Diane Sawyer has many feathers in her cap. She bagged in a Daytime Emmy Award and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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Maria Bartiromo
(The First TV Journalist to Broadcast from the Floor of the "New York Stock Exchange".)
Maria Bartiromo
5
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Maria Bartiromo, who has worked with CNN, CNBC, Fox, is best known as the host of On the Money with Maria Bartiromo and Closing Bell. She is the first journalist to report live from the NY Stock Exchange and has earned two Emmys and an Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award.
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Lester Holt
(Journalist and News Anchor for ‘NBC Nightly News’ and ‘Dateline NBC’)
Lester Holt
9
Birthdate: March 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marin County, California, United States

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.

 24 
Robin Roberts
(First Woman of Color and First Openly LGBTQ+ Woman to Host the American TV Game Show ‘Jeopardy!')
Robin Roberts
11
Birthdate: November 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

A former basketball and tennis player, Rubin Roberts began her career as a sports anchor and reporter for a Mississippi channel, WDAM-TV, eventually joining ESPN as sportscaster, concurrently serving as a featured reporter for Good Morning America. In 2005, she left ESPN to become a co-anchor for Good Morning America, currently serving as an anchor for the same program.

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Carson Daly
(Television host)
Carson Daly
5
Birthdate: June 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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Shepard Smith
(American Broadcast Journalist for NBC News and CNBC)
Shepard Smith
9
Birthdate: January 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States

Shepard Smith is a broadcast journalist who played a major role in upholding the reputation of Fox News Channel during his 23-year career at Fox. He currently works for CNBC, serving as the chief general news anchor of the channel. An openly gay man, Shepard Smith serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 27 
Andy Cohen
(Television Show Host)
Andy Cohen
7
Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
TV producer Andy Cohen is best known as the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He is the first openly gay host of a late-night talk show. He hosts Radio Andy and has produced shows such as Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise.
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Mika Brzezinski
(Journalist, Political Commentator and Co-Host of the Weekday Morning Broadcast Show ‘Morning Joe’)
Mika Brzezinski
10
Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Mika Brzezinski, daughter of diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski, is best known as a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. She worked as a "Ground Zero" reporter for CBS during 9/11. She has also been on shows such as Up to the Minute and HomePage, and has authored three books, including a memoir.
 29 
Chris Cuomo
(American Television Journalist and Former Presenter of the New Show 'Cuomo Prime Time')
Chris Cuomo
23
Birthdate: August 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Peabody-winner Chris Cuomo, best known for hosting the CNN morning show, has also been associated with Fox and the show 20/20. His work on the ABC show Good Morning America won him an Emmy. He has covered sensitive issues such as heroin addiction and the war on terror, with finesse. 

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Jim Ross
(Commentator)
Jim Ross
5
Birthdate: January 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Bragg, California, United States
 31 
Joy Taylor
(Radio Jockey, TV Anchor)
Joy Taylor
3
Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joy Taylor is a well-known face and voice on Fox Sports 1 where she is a host and anchor, noted particularly for moderating the talk show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. Sister of American football player, Jason Taylor, she hosted radio shows at Barry University during her graduation in broadcast communication, before featuring in 790 AM The Ticket shows in Miami.

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Hallie Jackson
(Political Reporter, Analyst)
Hallie Jackson
3
Birthdate: April 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
TV journalist Hallie Jackson is known for her association with NBC News and now serves as their chief White House correspondent and an anchor for MSNBC. She also fills in as an anchor on the talk show Today. She has previously worked for WBOC-TV, WFSB, and Hearst Corporation.
 33 
Harris Faulkner
(News Anchor)
Harris Faulkner
5
Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Newscaster and TV host, Harris Faulkner, is currently associated with  Fox News Channel.  She hosts her own prime time political franchise called Town Hall America with Harris Faulkner and also a daily daytime show The Faulkner Focus. A much-respected figure in the TV industry, she is the recipient of six Emmy Awards and the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 34 
Jillian Michaels
(Personal Trainer)
Jillian Michaels
3
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
 35 
Peter Jennings
(One of the Most Prominent Television Journalists and the Anchor of 'ABC World News Tonight’)
Peter Jennings
9
Birthdate: July 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 7, 2005

Canadian-American journalist Peter Jennings is best remembered for his stint on ABC World News Tonight, as its sole anchor. A high-school drop-out, Jennings became one of the U.S.’s Big Three news anchors, along with Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. He was known for his meticulous coverage of breaking news stories.

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Chris Wallace
(Journalist Who Was Named One of America's Most Trusted TV News Anchors)
Chris Wallace
12
Birthdate: October 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Journalist, Chris Wallace ,is best known for his stint as the TV news anchor of the Fox News program Fox News Sunday. As an ambitious young man, he graduated from Harvard University and became a broadcast journalist. Over the years, he gained fame for his tough and wide-ranging interviews. He is the recipient of a Paul White lifetime achievement award.

 37 
Ann Curry
(Journalist)
Ann Curry
3
Birthdate: November 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hagåtña, Guam

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, journalist Ann Curry is best known for her extensive war reporting and has covered disturbances from areas such as Syria and Afghanistan. The Emmy Award-winning journalist has had a long stint on NBC. She also supports cancer research.

 38 
Stephanie Ruhle
(Journalist & News Anchor)
Stephanie Ruhle
5
Birthdate: December 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Park Ridge, New Jersey, United States

Stephanie Ruhle is an American TV anchor known for her work with the popular TV network, NBC. Often represented as an ideal working woman, Stephanie Ruhle has been featured on magazines, such as Working Mother and Fit Pregnancy. She also works towards helping women advance in fields, such as media, business, and politics.

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Amy Robach
(Journalist, TV Anchor)
Amy Robach
3
Birthdate: February 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Michigan, United States
ABC News presenter Amy Robach is known for hosting shows such as 20/20Good Morning America, the Saturday edition of NBC's Today. She has also hosted shows on MSNBC. She is a breast cancer survivor. She once claimed her story on Jeffrey Epstein was deliberately blocked by ABC.
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Stuart Scott
(American Sportscaster and Anchor on ESPN)
Stuart Scott
3
Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 4, 2015
Sportscaster Stuart Scott is best remembered as an ESPN anchor. His signature style included catchphrases such as “booyah.” He mostly covered the NBA and NFL games. He received the Jimmy V Award for his long battle with appendix cancer and eventually died of the disease at age 49.
 41 
Greta Van Susteren
(News Anchor for 'Newsmax TV')
Greta Van Susteren
7
Birthdate: June 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

Lawyer Greta Van Susteren gained fame as an anchor for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. She is best known for her 14-year stint on Fox News's On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren and for MSNBC’s For the Record with Greta. She was named one of Forbes's most powerful women.

 42 
Norah O'Donnell
(Anchor of the News Show 'CBS Evening News' and Correspondent for the News Show '60 Minutes')
Norah O'Donnell
7
Birthdate: January 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Emmy-winning TV journalist and CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell is best known to audiences for her shows such as CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes. Born to Irish-American parents, she spent a few years in Korea, as a child, where she gave videotaped English lessons. She is a skin cancer survivor

 43 
Kasie Hunt
(American Correspondent)
Kasie Hunt
3
Birthdate: May 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wayne, Pennsylvania

Kasie Hunt is an American political correspondent. Over the years, Kasie Hunt has been an important member of NBC News and MSNBC. Apart from being the Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News, Hunt also hosts MSNBC's morning news show Way Too Early with Kasie Hunt, which airs on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.

 44 
Ross Mathews
(TV Host)
Ross Mathews
3
Birthdate: September 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Washington
 45 
Trish Regan
(Television Host, Journalist)
Trish Regan
3
Birthdate: December 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampton, New Hampshire, U.S.
 46 
Jane Pauley
(TV Host)
Jane Pauley
5
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 47 
Brianna Keilar
(Journalist and Host of "New Day" and "Right Now" On CNN)
Brianna Keilar
9
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Brianna Keilar is a journalist who previously worked as a general assignment correspondent, Congressional correspondent, and White House correspondent for CNN. She is currently working as CNN's senior political correspondent. In 2019, Keilar, a military spouse, started writing a column titled Home Front, which continues to play an important role in bridging the civilian-military divide.

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Dagen McDowell
(News Anchor & Analyst for 'Fox Business' and 'Fox News')
Dagen McDowell
4
Birthdate: January 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brookneal, Virginia, United States
Dagen McDowell has served as an anchor for various Fox shows and a business correspondent for Fox News. She was initially a financial journalist. She is best known for hosting Mornings with Maria and has also appeared on The Five and Outnumbered. She was also a panelist on Cashin' In
 49 
Howard Cosell
(Journalist)
Howard Cosell
3
Birthdate: March 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem
Died: April 23, 1995
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Rachel Nichols
(Journalist)
Rachel Nichols
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States