Media Personalities

Who can be classified as a media personality? It could be said that people who are involved in presenting shows on the TV can be termed as media personalities. Such presenters would include people who host shows like chat shows, news programs, interviews, commentators, TV shows and even reality and game shows. Some of the most notable names in this category would be people like Oprah Oprah Winfrey, who hosts her own chat show, and the hosts of popular TV show Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. However, the profession is not limited only to these TV presenters; it also includes people like movie actors, radio and video jockeys and even journalists. With the advent of the internet and the penetration of its many services into our lives even people who run podcasts and are generally quite active on the internet, with the help of social media platforms, can be counted as a part of this profession. Having read so much about this profession, it’s now time to take a closer look at some of the famous people from this line of work. Listed on this page is a collection of biographies, timelines and trivia of some of the most famous media personalities.

 1 Alex Trebek

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Famous As: American-Canadian Television personality
Birthdate: July 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American

An eminent television personality, Alex Trebek is best known for hosting the popular game show Jeopardy since it was revived in 1984. He has also hosted many other game shows, both in America and Canada. In February 1991, he became the first person to host three American game shows at the same time. He is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

 2 Kayleigh McEnany

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Famous As: Political Commentator
Birthdate: April 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

The current White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is also a political commentator, author and a lawyer. The highly educated, confident and energetic McEnany worked for Fox News and CNN before she shot to fame during the 2016 presidential election for her support for Donald Trump.

 3 Kristen Welker

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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 4 David Attenborough

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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: May 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Widely regarded as a national treasure in the United Kingdom, Sir David Attenborough is the only person to have received BAFTAs for TV shows meant for different television sets, such as black and white, color, 3D, HD, and 4K. In 2002, he was mentioned in BBC's 100 Greatest Britons list.

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 5 Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa
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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: February 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lebanese, American

 6 Jared Kushner

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Famous As: Senior Advisor to the President of the United States
Birthdate: January 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Married to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner is a senior advisor to his father-in-law and US President, Donald Trump. This has led to concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest. His proximity with Russian officials came under scrutiny during a federal investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Jared Kushner is also an investor, real estate developer and newspaper publisher.

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 7 Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
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Listed In: Boxers, Sportscasters
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 8 Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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 9 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro
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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 Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 11 Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
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Listed In: Publishers
Famous As: Media Mogul
Birthdate: March 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Rupert Murdoch’s company News Corp owns hundreds of publishing outlets and TV channels around the world, including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and Fox News. His media houses have been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities and public citizens. He has also had to face allegations of bribery and corruption in the UK and the US.

 12 Tucker Carlson

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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Television presenter and political commentator, Tucker Carlson, is both a popular and controversial figure. His support for Donald Trump has made him popular among Republicans while his racist, misogynistic, and anti-immigration stance has earned him the ire of progressive citizens. He is the author of two books, one of which is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

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 13 Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant
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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.

 14 Megyn Kelly

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Listed In: Journalists
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.

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 15 Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedians
Birthdate: August 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 16 Carol Thatcher

Carol Thatcher
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 17 Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 18 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.  

 19 Nigella Lawson

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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.

 20 Bill Burr

Bill Burr
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 21 Vernon Kay

Vernon Kay
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Vernon Kay is best known for hosting shows such as ITV’s All Star Family Fortunes and Beat the Star, and Channel 4's T4. He also presented his own Radio X show and the Formula E live coverage. He also finished third on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

 22 John King

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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 23 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.

 24 Terry Bradshaw

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Famous As: Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Terry Bradshaw went on to become a dominant NFL quarterback and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. His career halted after an injury, but Bradshaw soon established himself as a prominent television football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he ventured into acting, writing and music.

 25 Arnab Goswami

Arnab Goswami
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: March 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 26 Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes
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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.

 27 John F. Kennedy Jr.

John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Famous As: Son of John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 16, 1999

John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.   

 28 Shane Richie

Shane Richie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 29 Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers
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Listed In: TV Anchors
Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: March 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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.

 30 Stan Lee

Stan Lee
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Listed In: Editors, Publishers
Famous As: Creator of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men
Birthdate: December 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: November 12, 2018

Stan Lee was one of the most popular comic book writers, thanks to his appearances in several Marvel movies. He is well-known as the co-creator of many famous superheroes, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk. He pioneered a naturalistic method to writing superhero comics and challenged the Comics Code Authority, which ultimately led to changes in its policies.

 31 Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson
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Listed In: Philanthropists
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Sarah Ferguson is one of the members of the British royal family. She started working with several charity organizations after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Even after her divorce, she has continued working with organizations like the American Cancer Society. In 2020, she set up her own foundation called Sarah's Trust.

 32 Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Indian

 33 Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
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Listed In: TV Anchors
Famous As: American television host
Birthdate: April 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.

 34 Herman Cain

Herman Cain
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 30, 2020

 35 Savannah Guthrie

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

 36 Harvey Cantwell

Harvey Cantwell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 37 David Letterman

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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: April 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Starting off as a radio weatherman, David Letterman has come a long way. He has been the longest-serving American late-night talk-show host and ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. He later dabbled in production, with hit sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond.

 38 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. 

 39 Chris Cuomo

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Famous As: Television journalist
Birthdate: August 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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. 

 40 Chris Wallace

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Famous As: Anchor
Birthdate: October 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 41 Alex Jones

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Famous As: Radio Personality
Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as America's leading conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones is also a political extremist and radio show host. One of the most controversial figures in the United States, Alex Jones has accused the US government of executing the September 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. He also believes in weather weapons and claims that Hurricane Irma could've been geo-engineered.

 42 Julian Assange

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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, Ecuadorian

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

 43 Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Carlson
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 44 Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 45 Tess Daly

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Listed In: Models, Actresses
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 46 Prue Leith

Prue Leith
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African

 47 Van Jones

Van Jones
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 48 Kaitlan Collins

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Listed In: Journalists
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.

 49 Jake Tapper

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 50 Nora Lum

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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