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 Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers.
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Famous As: Television Personality
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.

 2 Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper.
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 3 Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

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 Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart.
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Famous As: Businesswoman
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.

 5 Chris Cuomo

Chris Cuomo.
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Famous As: Television journalist
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. 

 6 Tomi Lahren

Tomi Lahren.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

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.

 7 Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow.
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Famous As: American television host
Birthdate: April 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Castro Valley, California, United States
The first openly lesbian person to win the Rhodes Scholarship, Rachel Maddow began her career as a radio host. She then gained fame with MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. She wrote a bestselling book and launched a podcast, too. She is also known for her relationship with artist Susan Mikula.
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 8 Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest.
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Famous As: Radio Personality
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.

 9 Matt Lauer

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Birthdate: December 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City

Matt Lauer is a former TV news anchor who co-hosted the opening ceremonies of many Olympic Games. After a flourishing career at NBC News, Matt Lauer was forced to retire after a colleague accused him of engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior. His personal life too was affected because of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

 10 Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: September 4, 2014

Famous for her controversial comedic persona, Joan Rivers was a television host and comedian. She broke stereotypes by hosting a late-night television talk show titled The Late Show with Joan Rivers, becoming the first woman to do so. Also an author, Rivers wrote 12 best-selling books. In 2017, she was posthumously inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame

 11 Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert.
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
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.

 12 David Muir

David Muir.
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Famous As: Journalist
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. 

 13 Mika Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, 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.

 14 Dan Rather

Dan Rather.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wharton, Texas
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

 15 Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston

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.

 16 Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace.
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 17 Joey Fatone

Joey Fatone.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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.

 18 Ainsley Earhardt

Ainsley Earhardt.
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Famous As: TV Anchor
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

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.

 19 Eddie Huang

Eddie Huang.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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.

 20 Katie Couric

Katie Couric.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

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.

 21 Lauren Sánchez

Lauren Sanchez.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

 22 Molly Qerim

Molly Qerim.
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Famous As: TV Anchor
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. 

 23 Brooke Baldwin

Brooke Baldwin.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

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.

 24 Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jake Tapper is an American author, cartoonist, and journalist. Over the years, Jake Tapper's work as a journalist, which includes the coverage of President Barack Obama's inauguration, has been praised by many critics. As the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper plays a vital role in the TV channel's coverage of political matters.

 25 Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States
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.

 26 Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck.
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Famous As: CEO of TheBlaze
Birthdate: February 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Everett

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.

 27 Shepard Smith

Shepard Smith.
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Famous As: TV Anchor
Birthdate: January 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi

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.

 28 Lester Holt

Lester Holt.
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 29 Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: June 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

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.

 30 Carson Daly

Carson Daly.
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: June 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 31 Mario Batali

Mario Batali.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

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.

 32 Martha MacCallum

Martha MacCallum.
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Famous As: News Anchor
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.”

 33 Wolf Blitzer

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany

CNN journalist and news anchor Wolf Blitzer is best known for his reporting of the Persian Gulf War. Audiences know him for his show The Situation Room. He was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Hurricane Katrina. He has also penned books such as Between Washington and Jerusalem.

 34 Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels.
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Famous As: Personal Trainer
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 35 James Carville

James Carville.
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Famous As: Political Consultant
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning
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.

 36 Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts
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Famous As: Broadcaster
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.

 37 Jessi Combs

Jessi Combs.
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Famous As: Race Car Driver
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. 

 38 David Bromstad

David Bromstad.
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: August 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cokato, Minnesota, United States
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.

 39 Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

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.

 40 Merv Griffin

Merv Griffin.
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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: July 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Mateo
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.

 41 Joy Taylor

Joy Taylor.
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Famous As: Radio Jockey, TV Anchor
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.

 42 Norah O'Donnell

Norah O'Donnell
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.

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 Jim Ross

Jim Ross
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Podcaster, Wrestler, Sports commentator
Birthdate: January 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Bragg

 44 Amy Robach

Amy Robach.
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Famous As: Journalist, TV Anchor
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.

 45 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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.

 46 Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila.
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Famous As: TV Host
Birthdate: January 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

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. 

 47 Andrea Tantaros

Andrea Tantaros.
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Famous As: Political Analyst
Birthdate: December 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

 48 Hallie Jackson

Hallie Jackson.
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Famous As: Political Reporter, Analyst
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.

 49 Stephanie Ruhle

Stephanie Ruhle.
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Famous As: Journalist & News Anchor
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.

 50 Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin.
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: October 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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.