Women Journalists

Throughout history, there have been many women journalists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female journalists such as Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Svetlana Alexievich, Ann Coulter, Dorothy Day, Nigella Lawson.The women journalists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 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.

 2 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.

 3 Christiane Amanpour

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour is best known as the anchor of the CNN interview show Amanpour. She has also hosted PBS’s Amanpour & Company. She was criticized for her biased and pro-Muslim coverage of the Bosnian War. She has also been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression.

 4 Ida B. Wells

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931
Civil rights and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells is remembered for speaking up against the lynching of Blacks in the U.S. She was born a slave and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. She later co-founded the NAACP. She also co-owned and wrote for Memphis Free Speech and Headlight.

 5 Joan Didion

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Essayist
Birthdate: December 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

 6 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.

 7 Katharine Graham

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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 2001
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 8 Fiona Bruce

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 9 Gwen Ifill

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 14, 2016

 10 Cokie Roberts

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 17, 2019

 11 Megyn Kelly

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States

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.

 12 Jill Wendy Dando

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
Died: April 26, 1999

 13 Maria Shriver

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous American journalist, Maria Shriver, is recognised for her long association with NBC. Her documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project earned rave reviews and she later founded the nonprofit organization, 'The Women's Alzheimer's Movement'. As the former First Lady of California– she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was the governor of California– she involved herself in numerous charity works.

 14 Martha Gellhorn

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Famous As: Journalist & Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: February 15, 1998

 15 Kathie Lee Gifford

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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

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.

 16 Gloria Borger

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Famous As: Political Analyst & Journalist
Birthdate: September 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York
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.

 17 Meghan McCain

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Famous As: Columnist & TV Host
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix

The daughter of popular American politician John McCain, Meghan McCain has established herself as a noted columnist and TV personality, working for TV channels like Fox News, ABC News, and MSNBC. As an author, she has had a major impact upon the release of books, such as Dirty Sexy Politics and My Dad, John McCain. She also supports gay rights.

 18 Nigella Lawson

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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
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.

 19 Anna Wintour

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Anna Wintour is a British-American journalist. She has been working as Vogue's Editor-in-Chief since 1988. Known for having an eye for emerging fashion trends, Wintour is credited with reviving Vogue as it was viewed as a stagnating publication when she assumed control in 1988. Nicknamed Nuclear Wintour due to her demanding personality, Wintour inspired the story The Devil Wears Prada.

 20 Virginia Vallejo

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cartago, Valle del Cauca

Virginia Vallejo is a Colombian journalist and author. After Vallejo claimed that many Colombian politicians and presidents were benefiting from the leading cocaine cartels, she was granted asylum in the USA in order to help the DEA and the Justice Department in cases pertaining to the Colombian drug cartels. Her book, Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, was made into a film.

 21 Hoda Kotb

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Famous As: Journalist, Author, TV Anchor
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma
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.

 22 Gloria Steinem

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

 23 Gretchen Carlson

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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Anoka, Minnesota, USA

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.

 24 Jenna Bush Hager

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former American president George W. Bush, has been a teacher and a journalist. She has written several books, has worked with UNICEF, and has also co-hosted NBC shows such as The Today Show. She has also served as an editor for Southern Living magazine.

 25 Lucy Hawking

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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Lucy Hawking, daughter of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, has been a journalist with New York Magazine, The Times, and The Telegraph. She has also authored several children's books, such as George's Secret Key to the Universe. She is the VP of National Star College and also works for autism research.

 26 Katie Hopkins

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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barnstaple
Reality star Katie Hopkins is known for her far-right and controversial opinions, which have led her into quite a few legal hassles. She soared to fame with her appearance on The Apprentice (UK). She later hosted Katie Hopkins Ruled the World and finished as the runner-up on Celebrity Big Brother.

 27 Erin Andrews

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine, United States

Erin Andrews is an American television personality and sportscaster. She is the lead sideline reporter for Fox Sports' NFL broadcasting team. Also known for her charitable work, Andrews played a key role in the Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign, which aimed to raise funds for Feeding America, a non-profit organization. She also serves as an inspiration to those fighting cancer.

 28 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.

 29 Maria Menounos

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

 30 Savannah Guthrie

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Famous As: Broadcaster
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.

 31 Phyllis Schlafly

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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: September 5, 2016

 32 Laura Kuenssberg

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Italy

Laura Kuenssberg is a journalist. In 2015, she succeeded Nick Robinson to become the first woman to take up the position of a political editor at BBC News. Over the years, she has played an influential role in BBC, having previously worked as the broadcaster's chief political correspondent. In 2019, she was mentioned in Evening Standard's most influential Londoners list.

 33 Fran Lebowitz

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States

 34 Julie Chen

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Famous As: Presenter, Television producer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens

 35 Katy Tur

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 36 Lorenza Izzo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

 37 Kaitlan Collins

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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Blogger
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prattville, Alabama

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.

 38 Kate Silverton

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Famous As: Journalist, Television presenter
Birthdate: August 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waltham Abbey

 39 Tamron Hall

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luling, Texas, United States

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

 40 Paula Yates

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Wales
Died: September 17, 2000

 41 Bari Weiss

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 42 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.

 43 Dana Bash

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Dana Bash is an American journalist. Currently working as a chief political correspondent for CNN, Dana Bash has played a major role in the success of the TV channel. She became one of the few women to be honored in a 2014 event called Women in Washington Power List, which was organized by Elle magazine.

 44 Kristen Welker

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 45 Erin Burnett

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Famous As: News Anchor
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.

 46 Anna Richardson

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: September 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington, Telford, United Kingdom
Anna Richardson is best known as a presenter for various Channel 4 shows such as The Sex Education Show and its four subsequent series. She has also appeared on shows such as Secret Eaters, Naked Attraction, and Love Bites. She is openly bisexual and is currently dating comedian Sue Perkins.

 47 Samantha Bee

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Famous As: Journalist, Actor, Television actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

 48 Keely Shaye Smith

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Famous As: Journalist, Wife of Pierce Brosnan
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vallejo, California
Keely Shaye Smith, wife of Pierce Brosnan, was initially an NBC correspondent for Unsolved Mysteries. She also co-created the gardening show Home Green Home. She has, along with her husband, testified before the Environmental Protection Agency, supporting the new Climate Change Bill, and has co-directed the award-winning documentary Poisoning Paradise.

 49 Gayle King

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Famous As: Television Presenter
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.

 50 Abby Huntsman

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Famous As: Journalist, TV Presenter
Birthdate: May 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Daughter of Jon Huntsman Jr., former governor of Utah, Abby Huntsman is an Emmy-winning broadcast journalist who rose to fame with her shows on MSNBC and NBC News. She has also co-hosted Fox & Friends Weekend and The View. She was listed on Forbes 30 under 30, too.