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The Best Retired News Anchors

Updated April 6, 2020 1.5k votes 135 voters 8.3k views48 items

List RulesVote up the former news anchors, presenters, and commentators who were the best on-air.

For decades, people have turned on the news to receive up-to-date information about political processes and new trends. They grow accustomed to seeing the same faces night after night, and although these news anchors are no longer on the air, people still remember them fondly. You may remember sitting down with your parents at the end of the day and learning about current events with one of these familiar faces. Which of these retired news anchors hold a special place in your nostalgia?

Tom Brokaw has always been one of the most trusted faces in American news. He is the only person to have ever hosted all of NBC's evening news programs, which includes Meet the Press, NBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. He has also written several books about American history, putting his knowledge of current events on full display for everyone to see. But before Brokaw, there was Hugh Downs. He was a host for NBC News as well as several other programs over the years. 

These former news anchors may have retired long ago, but they live on within the annals of journalism. There is much that journalists of today can learn from them, so vote for the ones you wish were still on the air to provide information and insight. 

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    Walter Cronkite
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    Walter Cronkite

    Dec. at 93 (1916-2009)

    BirthplaceSaint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America

    Formerly of: CBS News

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    David Brinkley
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    David Brinkley

    Dec. at 83 (1920-2003)

    BirthplaceWilmington, USA, North Carolina

    Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report NBC

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    Tom Brokaw
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    Tom Brokaw

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceWebster, South Dakota, United States of America

    Formerly of: NBC News

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    Harry Reasoner
    40
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    Harry Reasoner

    Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)

    BirthplaceDakota City, Iowa, United States of America

    Formerly of: CBS News and ABC News

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    Edward R. Murrow
    38
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    Edward R. Murrow

    Dec. at 57 (1908-1965)

    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina

    Formerly of: CBS Reports

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    Paul Harvey
    40
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    Paul Harvey

    Dec. at 91 (1918-2009)

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, Tulsa

    Formerly of: News & Comment, ABC radio

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    Mike Wallace
    40
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    Mike Wallace

    Dec. at 94 (1918-2012)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Formerly of: 60 Minutes CBS

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    Hugh Downs
    38
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    Hugh Downs

    Age: 99

    BirthplaceUSA, Akron, Ohio

    Formerly of: ABC News' 20/20, formerly at NBC News

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    Ed Bradley
    35
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    Ed Bradley

    Dec. at 65 (1941-2006)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Formerly of: CBS News

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    John Chancellor
    34
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    John Chancellor

    Dec. at 69 (1927-1996)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Formerly of: NBC Nightly News

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    Peter Jennings
    39
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    Peter Jennings

    Dec. at 67 (1938-2005)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Formerly of: ABC News

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    Chet Huntley
    28
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    Chet Huntley

    Dec. at 63 (1911-1974)

    BirthplaceCardwell, Montana, United States of America

    Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report

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    Timothy J. Russert
    30
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    Timothy J. Russert

    Dec. at 58 (1950-2008)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    Formerly of: NBC News

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    Dan Rather
    40
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    Dan Rather

    Age: 88

    BirthplaceWharton, Texas, United States of America

    Formerly of: CBS News

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    Jane Pauley
    36
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    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Formerly of: NBC News

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    Ted Koppel
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    Ted Koppel

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceNelson, United Kingdom

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    Art Linkletter
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    Art Linkletter

    Dec. at 98 (1912-2010)

    BirthplaceMoose Jaw, Canada

    Formerly of: KGB-AM radio, San Diego

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    Edwin Newman
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    Edwin Newman

    Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Formerly of: NBC News

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    Frank Reynolds
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    Frank Reynolds

    Dec. at 60 (1923-1983)

    BirthplaceEast Chicago, Indiana, United States of America

    Formerly of: ABC News

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    Howard K. Smith
    21
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    Howard K. Smith

    Dec. at 88 (1914-2002)

    BirthplaceFerriday, Louisiana, United States of America

    Formerly of: ABC News, formerly at CBS News

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    Frank McGee
    16
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    Frank McGee

    Dec. at 53 (1921-1974)

    BirthplaceMonroe, Louisiana, United States of America

    Formerly of: NBC News

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    Jim Vance
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    Jim Vance

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceArdmore, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Formerly of: WRC-TV

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    Walter Winchell
    15
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    Walter Winchell

    Dec. at 75 (1897-1972)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Formerly of: The Jergens Journal, NBC radio

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    Douglas Edwards
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    Douglas Edwards

    Dec. at 73 (1917-1990)

    BirthplaceAda, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Formerly of: CBS News

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    Jessica Savitch
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    Jessica Savitch

    Dec. at 36 (1947-1983)

    BirthplaceKennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Formerly of: NBC News and Frontline