Famous American TV Anchors

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 Martha Stewart

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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.

 2 David Muir

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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. 

 3 Barbara Walters

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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.

 4 Lauren Sánchez

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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 5 Katie Couric

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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.

 6 Glenn Beck

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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.

 7 Wolf Blitzer

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 8 Martha MacCallum

Martha MacCallum
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.”

 9 Robin Roberts

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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: November 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 10 Anderson Cooper

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

 11 Kimberly Guilfoyle

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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.  

 12 Norah O'Donnell

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 13 Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest
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Famous As: Radio Personality
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 14 Amy Robach

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Famous As: Journalist, TV Anchor
Birthdate: February 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 15 Roger Ebert

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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert was an American journalist, author, screenwriter, film historian, and film critic. While working as a film critic for the daily newspaper Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, becoming the first film critic to be honored with the prestigious award. He was often described as America's most influential and prominent film critic of all time.

 16 Mika Brzezinski

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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.

 17 Dan Rather

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Dan Rather shot to fame when he saved thousands of people during Hurricane Carla through the first radar weather report. Subsequently, he had a 24-year stint on CBS Evening News. He was fired following the Killian documents controversy and then joined AXS TV, hosting shows such as Dan Rather Reports

 18 Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: October 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Michelle Malkin is an American blogger, author, political commentator, and businesswoman. Her weekly syndicated column gets featured in several websites and newspapers. Apart from writing four books and contributing to TV channels, such as Fox News, Michelle Malkin is also credited with founding the conservative websites Hot Air and Twitchy.

 19 Joey Fatone

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Joey Fatone soared to fame with the boyband NSYNC. He was the runner-up in the 2007 version of Dancing with the Stars. He also hosted The Singing Bee and Family Feud, and performed as “Rabbit” in The Masked Singer. He also appeared in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

 20 Ainsley Earhardt

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Famous As: TV Anchor
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 21 Trish Regan

Trish Regan
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Famous As: Television Host, Journalist
Birthdate: December 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 22 Harris Faulkner

Harris Faulkner
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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. 

 23 Eddie Huang

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Chef and food expert Eddie Huang co-owns the gua bao restaurant BaoHaus in Lower Manhattan. He has hosted shows such as Snack Off and Huang's World. His bestselling memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, was made into a sitcom of the same name. He has also been a food blogger.

 24 Molly Qerim

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Famous As: TV Anchor
Birthdate: March 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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. 

 25 Jim Cramer

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Birthdate: February 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
TV host Jim Cramer is best known for presenting the CNBC show Mad Money. He previously owned a hedge fund and was an editor for SmartMoney magazine. He has also launched TheStreet.com, authored several books, and appeared in movies such as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

 26 Rachel Nichols

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 27 Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Debi Mazar is known for films such as Goodfellas and Little Man Tate and series such as L.A. Law and Civil Wars. She has also appeared in several videos by Madonna. She is married to Italian celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos and co-hosts the show Extra Virgin with him.

 28 Lesley Stahl

Lesley Stahl
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 29 Ross Mathews

Ross Mathews
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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: September 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 30 Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: June 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

 31 Lester Holt

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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.

 32 Carson Daly

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: June 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 33 Mario Batali

Mario Batali
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and media personality. He started hogging the limelight after appearing on some of Food Network's shows, such as Iron Chef America and Molto Mario. Also a well-known philanthropist and social activist, Batali established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, which funds pediatric disease research and various children's educational programs.

 34 Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 35 Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels
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Famous As: Personal Trainer
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 36 Phyllis George

Phyllis George
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 14, 2020
Sportscaster Phyllis George initially soared to fame as the winner of Miss Texas 1970 and Miss America 1971. She then became a reporter and co-presenter of The NFL Today. As the wife of KFC owner and Kentucky governor John Y. Brown Jr., she was also the First Lady of Kentucky.

 37 James Carville

James Carville
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Famous As: Political Consultant
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Political commentator James Carville gained fame for his work as the lead strategist Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, which was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary The War Room. Also known as "Ragin' Cajun,” he co-hosted CNN's Crossfire and later joined Fox News. He has also lectured at various universities.

 38 Michael Fishman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Michael Fishman is an American actor, producer, and writer. He is best known for portraying the main role of D.J. Conner in the popular TV series, Roseanne, for which he won the 1995 Young Artist Award under the Best Performance: Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series category. 

 39 Jessi Combs

Jessi Combs
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Famous As: Race Car Driver
Birthdate: July 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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. 

 40 Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: January 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 41 David Bromstad

David Bromstad
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: August 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
David Bromstad is an American television personality and designer who won the first season of the popular reality competition TV show HGTV Design Star in 2006. After winning the show, he landed an opportunity to host his own television shows on HGTV. He also has a line of accessories and home furniture available through Grandin Road.

 42 Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Chef Marcela Valladolid was the host of the Food Network television series Mexican Made Easy. A graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, she is also a classically trained pastry chef. She started her own catering company and soon began hosting cookery shows on TV. She has also authored several cookbooks.

 43 Merv Griffin

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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: July 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 12, 2007

Merv Griffin was an American media mogul and television show host best known for hosting, The Merv Griffin Show, from 1965 to 1986. He is also credited with creating famous game shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, through his TV production companies. For his contribution to TV, Merv Griffin was inducted posthumously into the Television Hall of Fame.

 44 Joy Taylor

Joy Taylor
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Famous As: Radio Jockey, TV Anchor
Birthdate: January 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 45 Jim Ross

Jim Ross
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Podcaster, Wrestler, Sports commentator
Birthdate: January 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 46 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Political commentator and host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, began her career as MTV VJ “Kennedy” on the alternative rock shows 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation. She has authored two books and has also hosted Fox network shows such as Kennedy and Outnumbered. She has also been a panelist on The Five.

 47 Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila
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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: January 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

TV host and author Jedediah Bila is best known for co-hosting the talk show The View. An alumnus of  Columbia University, she began her career as a teacher and taught creative writing and improvisation. She eventually transitioned to a TV career and joined Fox News as a contributor. She is also an author and has written two books. 

 48 Mary Ann Mobley

Mary Ann Mobley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 9, 2014

 49 Andrea Tantaros

Andrea Tantaros
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Famous As: Political Analyst
Birthdate: December 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 50 Hallie Jackson

Hallie Jackson
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Famous As: Political Reporter, Analyst
Birthdate: April 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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.