The Best Retired News Anchors

List Rules
Vote 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
    Dec. at 92 (1916-2009)
    145 votes
    • Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America

    Formerly of: CBS News

    Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981). During the heyday of CBS ...more
  • David Brinkley
    Dec. at 82 (1920-2003)
    94 votes
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

    Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report NBC

    David McClure Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly ...more
  • Edward R. Murrow
    Dec. at 57 (1908-1965)
    75 votes
    • Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

    Formerly of: CBS Reports

    Edward Roscoe Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow; April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent. He first gained prominence during World War II with a ...more
  • Harry Reasoner
    Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)
    78 votes
    • Birthplace: Dakota City, Iowa, USA

    Formerly of: CBS News and ABC News

    Harry Truman Reasoner (April 17, 1923 – August 6, 1991) was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the ...more
  • Chet Huntley
    Dec. at 62 (1911-1974)
    51 votes
    • Birthplace: Cardwell, Montana, United States of America

    Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report

    Chester Robert "Chet" Huntley (December 10, 1911 – March 20, 1974) was an American television newscaster, best known for co-anchoring NBC's evening news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report, for 14 ...more
  • Peter Jennings
    Dec. at 67 (1938-2005)
    84 votes
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Formerly of: ABC News

    Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian-American journalist who served as the sole anchor of ABC World News Tonight from 1983 until his death from lung ...more