TV news anchors have a long history of being trusted sources for world news and events. The best news anchors don't just report the news. They dissect current events and put them into perspective, often having a profound effect on politics and public opinion. Who are the most influential news anchors of all time? This list helps decide as it covers legends of American news broadcasting, including both active and retired news anchors!
In the olden days, names like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite carried much weight. In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, there are even more newscasters and TV personalities out there talking politics. Fox News brings us stars like Shepard Smith and Bill Hemmer while CNN has the likes of Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer. While women historically didn't have access to anchorwomen opportunities, a number of prominent female journalists have since risen through the ranks. In 1976, Barbara Walters was tapped as the first woman to co-anchor a nightly news program. Since then, many famous female reporters have followed in her footsteps such as Diane Sawyer and Connie Chung.
Who are the most trusted news anchors of all time? Help decide below by voting the most influential names in journalism to the top of the list!
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of AmericaWalter Leland Cronkite Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Wilmington, USA, North CarolinaDavid McClure Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was an American newscaster for NBC and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: USA, North CarolinaEdward Roscoe Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow; April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Toronto, CanadaPeter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States of AmericaThomas John Brokaw (; born February 6, 1940) is an American television journalist and author,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Dakota City, Iowa, United States of AmericaHarry Truman Reasoner (April 17, 1923 – August 6, 1991) was an American journalist for ABC and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Nelson, United KingdomEdward James Martin Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is a British-born American broadcast... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of AmericaMargaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: USA, Lynn, MassachusettsLesley Rene Stahl (born December 16, 1941) is an American television journalist. She has spent... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: USA, Chicago, IllinoisJohn William Chancellor (July 14, 1927 – July 12, 1996) was an American journalist who spent... more on Wikipedia
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Birthplace: USA, Akron, OhioHugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) was a retired American broadcaster, television... more on Wikipedia
Timothy John Russert (May 7, 1950 – June 13, 2008) 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 senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief and also hosted an eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program.
Birthplace: Cardwell, Montana, United States of AmericaChester Robert "Chet" Huntley (December 10, 1911 – March 20, 1974) was an American television... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, United States of AmericaLila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is an American television journalist. Sawyer has... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of AmericaRoger Harrison Mudd (born February 9, 1928) is a retired American broadcast journalist who was... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Wharton, Texas, United States of AmericaDan Irvin Rather Jr. (; born October 31, 1931) is an American journalist. Rather began his... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USASamuel Andrew Donaldson Jr. (born March 11, 1934) is an American former reporter and news... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of AmericaAndrea Mitchell (born October 30, 1946) is an American television journalist, anchor, and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Velva, North Dakota, United States of AmericaArnold Eric Sevareid (November 26, 1912 – July 9, 1992) was an American author and CBS news... more on Wikipedia
Howard K. Smith
Howard Kingsbury Smith (May 12, 1914 – February 15, 2002) was an American journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman, political commentator, and film actor. He was one of the original members of the team of war correspondents known as the Murrow Boys.
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaBarbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States of AmericaFrank James Reynolds (November 29, 1923 – July 20, 1983) was an American television journalist... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of AmericaJames Charles Lehrer (; born May 19, 1934) is an American journalist and novelist. Lehrer is... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of AmericaAlexander Britton "Brit" Hume (born June 22, 1943) is an American conservative television... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USAMary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts (née Boggs; born December 27, 1943), best known... more on Wikipedia