TV Anchors

Television anchors are the newscasts who present news programs on the television. Also known as newsreaders, newscasters or news presenters, these professionals narrate the day’s news in the format of a cohesive television program. They present the news in a television studio, often in a team of two though it is not uncommon to see a single anchor presenting the news. These anchors work in a high-pressure environment characterized by irregular work hours and demanding work schedules. The anchors are provided with the news material that they have to narrate though they are required to improvise their commentary for live presentation; their involvement may also be required during the process of writing and editing of the news material. Many news anchors start their career as news reporters while gradually working their way up. As news reporters, they strengthen their on-camera skills and develop confidence as a presenter which would help them to further their career. News anchors need to be calm, innovative and resourceful as they may be called up to present breaking news anytime without notice. In such cases they have to narrate the news without a script and have to manage without proper mikes or equipment. Read on to browse through a list of world famous television anchors and read their biographies and timelines.

 1 Alex Trebek

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 Kimberly Guilfoyle

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.  

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 3 Anderson Cooper

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.

 4 Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers
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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.

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 5 Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
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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.

 6 David Muir

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. 
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 7 Chris Cuomo

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. 

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 8 Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace
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Famous As: Anchor
Birthdate: October 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 9 Jake Tapper

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.

 10 Cha Eun-woo

Cha Eun-woo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean

Cha Eun-woo is a South Korean model, actor, and singer. He achieved popularity as part of the famous boy band Astro. His popularity increased after playing Do Kyung-seok in a television series titled Gangnam Beauty, after which he was named in GQ Korea magazine's Men of the Year list in 2018.

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 11 Martha Stewart

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.

 12 Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 4, 2006

Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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 13 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.

 14 Malaika Arora

Malaika Arora
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

The quintessential item girl of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is known for her sultry looks and dance moves. She has the reputation of drawing audiences into theatres despite appearing in just one song in the entire film. Malaika Arora ended her 18 years old marriage to actor Arbaaz Khan in 2017. 

 15 Wolf Blitzer

Wolf Blitzer
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 16 Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford
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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French, American

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 17 Shepard Smith

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Famous As: TV Anchor
Birthdate: January 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Dan Rather

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

 19 Lesley Stahl

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

 20 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.

 21 Mel B

Mel B
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Mel B is an English television personality and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition as part of the popular pop girl group Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records. Over the years, Mel B has been an important TV personality, appearing in several reality series as a participant as well as a judge.

 22 Sharon Osbourne

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne is a music manager. She rejuvenated Ozzy’s career by organizing the Ozzfest tour. She was the star of the reality show The Osbournes, wrote several books, was a panelist on Loose Women, and judged America's Got Talent and The X Factor.

 23 Al Roker

Al Roker
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Blogger, Meteorologist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 24 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.

 25 Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls
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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: June 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

A former Special Air Service serviceman and honorary lieutenant-colonel, Bear Grylls is best known as an adventurer who does interesting things—from eating goat testicles to drinking elephant dung juice—in the TV series Man vs. Wild. Also known for his charity and humanitarian efforts, Bear was appointed OBE in 2019 for services to charity, young people, and the media.

 26 Matt Lauer

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Birthdate: December 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 27 Tomi Lahren

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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: August 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 28 Norah O'Donnell

Norah O'Donnell
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 29 Roger Ebert

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.

 30 Lauren Sánchez

Lauren Sanchez
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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.

 31 Ainsley Earhardt

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.

 32 Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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

 33 Mika Brzezinski

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.

 34 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.”

 35 Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb
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Famous As: Journalist, Author, TV Anchor
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Egyptian, American
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.

 36 Barbara Walters

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.

 37 Brianna Keilar

Brianna Keilar
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

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.

 38 Robert Rinder

Robert Rinder
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Criminal barrister Robert Rinder had a 12-year stint at the 2 Hare Court law firm before appearing as Judge Rinder on the reality courtroom show Judge Rinder. He has also written columns for the London Evening Standard and released a book. He has been part of The London Marathon, too.

 39 Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: September 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 40 Lester Holt

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.

 41 Jerry Springer

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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News Anchor
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American

English-born American television presenter, actor, politician, and musician Jerry Springer is a multifaceted man. A qualified lawyer, he shifted to politics from law as a young man. After a few years, he moved to journalism and found considerable success. As a TV presenter, he is best known for the tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. 

 42 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.

 43 Brooke Baldwin

Brooke Baldwin
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 44 Rachel Nichols

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

 45 Stacey Solomon

Stacey Solomon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Stacey Solomon is an English television personality and singer. She won the 10th series of British survival reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and then released her debut single in 2011. Her debut album Shy, which released in 2015, peaked at number 45 on the UK Albums Chart.

 46 Cenk Uygur

Cenk Uygur
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Famous As: Political Activist, Show Host
Birthdate: March 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Turkish, American

Cenk Uygur is a Turkish-American journalist, attorney, media host, and political commentator. He is credited with creating a commentary and sociopolitical news program titled The Young Turks (TYT). He is also credited with co-founding Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee in the United States.

 47 Kate Bolduan

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
The youngest morning show anchor on any major TV network, Kate Bolduan is an eminent American broadcast journalist for CNN. She covered the 2016 U.S Presidntial campaign for a global audience, as the anchor of CNN international program called State of America with Kate Bolduan.

 48 Gloria Borger

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Famous As: Political Analyst & Journalist
Birthdate: September 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Emmy-nominated journalist Gloria Borger serves as the CNN chief political analyst and is best known for appearing on The Situation Room. She has previously worked as a national political correspondent for CBS News and been part of the CBS shows 60 Minutes II and Face the Nation.

 49 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 50 Glenn Beck

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.

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