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The Best Retired News Anchors  

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May 3, 2019 428 votes 41 voters 2.2k views 47 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 93 (1916-2009)

Formerly of: CBS News

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years. During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was ...more
2
David Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 83 (1920-2003)

Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report NBC

David McClure Brinkley 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 news program, The ...more
3
Paul Harvey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 91 (1918-2009)

Formerly of: News & Comment, ABC radio

Paul Harvey Aurandt, better known as Paul Harvey, was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at ...more
4
Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
age 98

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

Hugh Malcolm Downs is a long-time American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as co-host ...more
5
John Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 69 (1927-1996)

Formerly of: NBC Nightly News

John William Chancellor was a well-known American journalist who spent most of his career with NBC News. He served as anchor of the NBC Nightly News from 1970 to 1982 and continued to do ...more
6
Ed Bradley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 65 (1941-2006)

Formerly of: CBS News

Edward Rudolph "Ed" Bradley, Jr. was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he ...more
7
Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 94 (1918-2012)

Formerly of: 60 Minutes CBS

Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace was an American journalist, game show host, actor and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his sixty-year career. He ...more
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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
age 79

Formerly of: NBC News

Thomas John "Tom" Brokaw is an American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The ...more
9
Peter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 67 (1938-2005)

Formerly of: ABC News

Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM was a Canadian-American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until 2005. A high-school dropout, he ...more
10
Edwin Newman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)

Formerly of: NBC News

Edwin Harold Newman was an American newscaster, journalist, and author. After beginning his career with the wire services and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Newman worked in radio ...more
11
Harry Reasoner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)

Formerly of: CBS News and ABC News

Harry Truman Reasoner 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 60 Minutes program. Over the ...more
12
Timothy J. Russert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 58 (1950-2008)

Formerly of: NBC News

Timothy John "Tim" Russert was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was a ...more
13
Dan Rather is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
age 87

Formerly of: CBS News

Daniel Irvin "Dan" Rather, Jr. is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan ...more
14
Jane Pauley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
age 68

Formerly of: NBC News

Margaret Jane Pauley, better known as Jane Pauley, is an American television anchor and journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is best known for her 13-year tenure ...more
15
Art Linkletter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 98 (1912-2010)

Formerly of: KGB-AM radio, San Diego

Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and ...more
16
Douglas Edwards is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 73 (1917-1990)

Formerly of: CBS News

Douglas Edwards was America's first network news television anchor, anchoring CBS's first nightly news broadcast from 1948–1962, which was later to be titled CBS Evening News.
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Edward R. Murrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 57 (1908-1965)

Formerly of: CBS Reports

Edward R. Murrow KBE was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during WWII, which were followed by millions of listeners in the ...more
18
Frank Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 60 (1923-1983)

Formerly of: ABC News

Frank James Reynolds was an American television journalist for ABC and CBS News. He was a New York-based anchor of the ABC Evening News from 1968 to 1970 and later was the Washington D.C.-based ...more
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Jessica Savitch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 36 (1947-1983)

Formerly of: NBC News and Frontline

Jessica Beth Savitch was an American television broadcaster and news reporter, host of PBS's Frontline and New York weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News during the short-lived Roger Mudd/Tom
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Chet Huntley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 63 (1911-1974)

Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report

Chester Robert "Chet" Huntley was an American television newscaster, best known for co-anchoring NBC's evening news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report, for 14 years beginning in
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Howard K. Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 88 (1914-2002)

Formerly of: ABC News, formerly at CBS News

Howard Kingsbury Smith was an American journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman, political commentator, and film actor. He was one of the original Edward R. Murrow boys.
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Frank McGee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 53 (1921-1974)

Formerly of: NBC News

Frank McGee was an American television journalist who is perhaps best known for his work with NBC.
23
Jim Vance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
age 77

Formerly of: WRC-TV

Jim Vance is an American television news anchor. He originally studied to be a teacher and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Cheyney University in Cheyney,
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Jim Jensen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 73 (1926-1999)

Formerly of: WCBS-TV

Harold Jens Jensen, usually known as Jim Jensen was a longtime American anchor and reporter, most notably at CBS' flagship station, WCBS-TV in New York.
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John Daly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Retired News Anchors
Dec. at 77 (1914-1991)

Formerly of: ABC News

John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly, generally known as John Charles Daly or simply John Daly, was an American journalist, game show host, and radio personality, probably best known for hosting ...more