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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Barbara Walters
(Producer and Co-Host on the ABC Newsmagazine '20/20')

Barbara Walters
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Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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 
Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)

Ida B. Wells
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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.

 3 
Robin Roberts
(First Woman of Color and First Openly LGBTQ+ Woman to Host the American TV Game Show ‘Jeopardy!')

Robin Roberts
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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.

 4 

Christiane Amanpour
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Birthdate: January 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
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.

 5 
Fiona Bruce
(Journalist)

Fiona Bruce
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Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 6 
Katharine Graham
(Publisher)

Katharine Graham
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Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 2001

 7 
Gloria Steinem
(Journalist)

Gloria Steinem
4
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

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.

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 8 
Nigella Lawson
(Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer)

Nigella Lawson
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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.

 9 
Maria Shriver
(Journalist, First Lady of California (2003-2011))

Maria Shriver
6
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.

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Jill Wendy Dando
(Journalist)

Jill Wendy Dando
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Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
Died: April 26, 1999

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Lucy Hawking
(Journalist, Novelist, Writer)

Lucy Hawking
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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.

 12 
Gretchen Carlson
(Television Host)

Gretchen Carlson
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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.

 13 
Elizabeth Smart
(Activist)

Elizabeth Smart
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Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Elizabeth Smart is a child safety activist who gained national attention when she was kidnapped from her home at the age of 14. She was held captive for nine months before she was rescued by the cops. Smart went on to become an activist and works against human trafficking and abduction. In 2011, she became the founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

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Martha Gellhorn
(Novelist & Travel writer)

Martha Gellhorn
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Birthdate: November 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: February 15, 1998

 15 
Gloria Borger
(Political Analyst & Journalist)

Gloria Borger
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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.

 16 
Anna Wintour
(Journalist)

Anna Wintour
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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.

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Hoda Kotb
(Journalist and Co-Anchor of The NBC Show 'Today')

Hoda Kotb
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Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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.

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Tamron Hall
(Broadcast journalist)

Tamron Hall
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Birthdate: September 6, 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.

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Kaitlan Collins
(Journalist)

Kaitlan Collins
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Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alabama, United States

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.

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Stacey Dooley
(Television presenter)

Stacey Dooley
4
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Investigative journalist Stacey Dooley is best known for presenting socially relevant BBC documentaries with themes such as child labor and gender equality. Some of her notable works are Blood, Sweat and T-shirts and the series Stacey Dooley Investigates. The MBE recipient has also won the reality contest Strictly Come Dancing

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Lorenza Izzo
(Actress)

Lorenza Izzo
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Birthdate: September 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

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Virginia Vallejo
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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.

 23 
Julie Chen
(Television personality, News anchor)

Julie Chen
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Birthdate: January 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 24 
Anna Richardson
(Television Presenter)

Anna Richardson
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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.

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Cokie Roberts
(Journalist)

Cokie Roberts
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Birthdate: December 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 17, 2019

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Keely Shaye Smith
(Journalist, Wife of Pierce Brosnan)

Keely Shaye Smith
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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.

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Jenna Bush Hager
(Journalist, Writer)

Jenna Bush Hager
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Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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.

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Naga Munchetty
(Television Presenter)

Naga Munchetty
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Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Streatham
Journalist Naga Munchetty is known for hosting shows such as BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire, and Newsnight. She previously hosted BBC World News and Working Lunch and also won Celebrity Mastermind. She is also a skilled golfer and plays jazz trumpet and the piano. She publicly criticized Trump for his racism.

 29 
Nellie Bly
(Journalist and Writer Known for Her Record-Breaking Trip Around the World in 72 Days)

Nellie Bly
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Birthdate: May 5, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cochrans Mills, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 27, 1922

Nellie Bly was an American industrialist, journalist, inventor, and charity worker. She is remembered for her circumnavigation of the world in 72 days. She is also known for pioneering a new kind of investigative journalism as she worked undercover from within a mental institution to report on the institution. Nellie Bly’s life and work have inspired several works of art.

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Savannah Guthrie
(Broadcaster)

Savannah Guthrie
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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.

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Dana Bash
(Journalist)

Dana Bash
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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.

 32 
Gayle King
(Author and Broadcast Journalist Known for Co-Hosting the Morning Show ‘CBS Mornings’)

Gayle King
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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.

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Maria Bartiromo
(The First TV Journalist to Broadcast from the Floor of the "New York Stock Exchange".)

Maria Bartiromo
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Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Maria Bartiromo, who has worked with CNN, CNBC, Fox, is best known as the host of On the Money with Maria Bartiromo and Closing Bell. She is the first journalist to report live from the NY Stock Exchange and has earned two Emmys and an Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award.

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Erin Burnett
(News anchor)

Erin Burnett
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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.

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Connie Chung
(Journalist)

Connie Chung
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Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
TV journalist Connie Chung is known for her interviews on NBC, CNN, and CBS. She has hosted shows such as Good Morning America, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, and CBS Evening News. Her interview of a fireman during a rescue mission after the Oklahoma City bombing was deemed inappropriate.

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Diane Sawyer
(Journalist)

Diane Sawyer
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Birthdate: December 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
The first female corrrespondant on 60 Minutes, a trailblazer for female journalists, a former co-host of Good Morning America and an aid to President Richard Nixon where she assisted in post-presidency memoirs, Diane Sawyer has many feathers in her cap. She bagged in a Daytime Emmy Award and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

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Lara Logan
(Journalist)

Lara Logan
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Birthdate: March 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Lara Logan is a South African radio and television journalist. She has also worked as a war correspondent; in 2001, she interviewed General Babajan after successfully infiltrating the American-British-backed Northern Alliance at the Bagram Air Base. Over the years Lara Logan has worked for popular news channels like CBS News and Fox Nation. 

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Katy Tur
(Journalist)

Katy Tur
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Birthdate: October 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 39 
Shannon Bream
(Journalist)

Shannon Bream
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Birthdate: December 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, USA

Lawyer-turned-TV journalist Shannon Bream had worked with WBTV and WRC-TV, before she began hosting Fox News @ Night. She has also won several beauty pageants earlier, such as the Miss Virginia 1990 and the Miss Florida USA 1995 titles. She has also interned under Florida congressman Bill McCollum.

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Brooke Baldwin
(Journalist and Television Host of 'CNN Newsroom')

Brooke Baldwin
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Birthdate: July 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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.

 41 
Nancy Grace
(Commentator)

Nancy Grace
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Birthdate: October 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States

A popular legal commentator and television journalist, Nancy Grace has hosted many TV shows, including an eponymous nightly celebrity news show. An alumnus of the Walter F. George School of Law and New York University, she worked in a legal career before her stint in broadcasting. She is both praised and criticized for her outspoken style.

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Dana Loesch
(Political Commentator)

Dana Loesch
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Birthdate: September 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Missouri

 43 
Ann Curry
(Journalist)

Ann Curry
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Birthdate: November 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hagåtña, Guam

Born to a Japanese mother and an American father, journalist Ann Curry is best known for her extensive war reporting and has covered disturbances from areas such as Syria and Afghanistan. The Emmy Award-winning journalist has had a long stint on NBC. She also supports cancer research.

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Gina Lollobrigida
(Actress, Photojournalist)

Gina Lollobrigida
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Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award.  

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Harris Faulkner
(News Anchor)

Harris Faulkner
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Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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. 

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Sunny Hostin
(Lawyer, Journalist and Co-Host on ABC's Morning Talk Show 'The View')

Sunny Hostin
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Birthdate: October 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Sunny Hostin is an American journalist, lawyer, and television host. She is best known for co-hosting the popular talk show, The View, for which she has received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations so far. Before appearing on TV, Sunny Hostin served as a federal prosecutor; for successfully prosecuting sex offenders, Hostin was honored with a Special Achievement Award.

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Sara Haines
(Television host)

Sara Haines
4
Birthdate: September 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newton, Iowa, United States

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Lisa Ling
(Host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN)

Lisa Ling
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Birthdate: August 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

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Meghan McCain
(Television personality)

Meghan McCain
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Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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.

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Carol Thatcher
(Journalist)

Carol Thatcher
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Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London