In the last 50 years, the male-centered news reporting paradigm has shifted greatly, allowing for many women to create a name for themselves in the industry. Although the glass ceiling hasn't quite been broken - for example, there has yet to be a female late night host - many female news anchors have enjoyed long and illustrious careers.
In the early days of modern reporting, women were completely absent. Eventually, women began to take on small reporting projects, and proved that they could present as well as and better than many men. This led to bigger, tougher field reports by female news anchors on prominent news programs. In the U.S., Katie Couric became the first ever female news anchor to front her own show. Nowadays, there seems to be almost as many female news anchors as there are male ones. According to Electronic News, in 1987, 73% of stories were reported by men. That number had equalised by 2007, when men reported just 48% of stories and either women or unisex teams reported the rest.
In just fifty short years, women have earned their rightful place as the authorities delivering us our daily news. The following are among the most successful of those women, the twenty richest female news anchors in the world today.
20 Amy Robach, Good Morning America - $1.5 million
41-year-old Amy Robach is currently the News Anchor for ABC News’ Good Morning America. Before moving into correspondence, Robach was the 4th runner up in the Miss Georgia pageant in 1994. She worked at WTTG in Washington, D.C., and then went to NBC News in 2003 where she worked for four years.
19 Savannah Guthrie, Today - $2 million
Savannah Guthrie has had an eclectic career in news. The Australian-born journalist and attorney joined NBC News in 2007 as a legal analyst and correspondent, usually reporting on high-profile trials throughout the country. She was a White House correspondent between 2008 and 2011, and then the co-anchor of MCNBC’s The Daily Rundown in 2010 and 2011.
18 Tamron Hall, NewsNation with Tamron Hall - $2 million
Tamron Hall is a national correspondent for NBC News, and the day-side anchor and host for the MCNBC program NewsNation with Tamron Hall. She also co-anchors Today’s Take, which is the third hour of Today.
17 Elizabeth Vargas, 20/20 - $3 million
Elizabeth Vargas is the anchor of ABC’s TV newsmagazine 20/20, and some of ABC News’ specials. Before that, Vargas was an anchor on World News Tonight. She got her start working with WBBM-TV, an affiliate of CBS in Chicago.
16 Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo - $3 million
Bianna Golodryga is a Moldova-born news and finance anchor at Yahoo. From 2010 to August 4, 2014, Golodryga was a weekend co-anchor of Good Morning America. She began her career in TV as a producer at CNBC, and then as an on-air correspondent.
15 Robin Meade, Morning Express with Robin Meade - $4.5 million
Before Robin Meade became the lead news anchor for her morning show on HLN, she was a Miss Ohio pageant winner, which helped kick-start her broadcasting career with local stations.
14 Andrea Mitchell, Andrea Mitchell Reports - $5 million
Andrea Mitchell has been in the business for almost 50 years - from 1967 to the present. She’s been a journalist, an anchor, a reporter, and commentator for NBC News. Mitchell is currently the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC, as well as the host of her own show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, which airs weekdays on MSNBC.
13 Natalie Morales, Today Show - $8.5 million
Natalie Morales is the news anchor and Third Hour co-anchor on NBC News’ Today Show. She also appears on other programs, such as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. As a weekend anchor and reporter at WVIT-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, Morales reported on the Columbine shootings, Hurricane Floyd, the 2000 Presidential election, and the 9/11 attacks.
12 Ann Curry, Today - $10 million
11 Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe - $12 million
10 Christiane Amanpour, Amanpour - $12.5 million
9 Megyn Kelly, The Kelly File - $15 million
8 Mélissa Theuriau, Zone Interdite - $18 million
7 Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show - $20 million
6 Robin Roberts, Good Morning America - $25 million
Robin Roberts is the anchor of ABC’s morning program, Good Morning America, a position she’s held since becoming a co-anchor on the show in 2005. Prior to that, she was a sportscaster on ESPN for 15 years, from 1990 to 2005. In 2012 she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her contributions and impact on women’s basketball through her broadcasting work.
5 Greta Van Susteren, On the Record w/Greta Van Susteren - $35 million
4 Meredith Vieira, The Meredith Vieira Show - $40 million
3 Katie Couric, Yahoo Global News Anchor - $55 million
One of the most well-known women in news, Katie Couric is currently Yahoo’s Global News Anchor. She has been a host on all Big Three TV networks in the US, working for NBC News from 1989 to 2006, CBS News from 2006 to 2011, and ABC News from 2011 to 2014. She was the co-host of Today, anchor of the CBS Evening News, and a correspondent for 60 Minutes.
2 Diane Sawyer, ABC World News - $80 million
Diane Sawyer is known throughout the world as one of the most successful news anchors of all time. She has been active for an astounding 52 years (1962-present), and is best known as the former anchor of ABC News’ nightly flagship program, ABC World News. She was also the co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, and Primetime. Prior to all of her success in news, Sawyer was a member of former President Richard Nixon’s White House staff. Originally a drafter of Nixon’s public statements, she helped the troubled president write his memoirs, which were published in 1978.
1 Barbara Walters, ABC News - $150 million
Barbara Walters was the first female “co-host” on any network news program, acquired in 1974, and two years later became the first female co-anchor of any network evening news program. She was the co-host for ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20 from 1979 to 2004, and was a co-anchor and contributor to ABC News for a whopping 34 years, from 1976 to 2010. She was a pioneer for women, and is quite probably the most successful female news anchor of all time.
Walters created and co-hosted The View in 1997, and finally retired from the program on May 16, 2014. Her 1999 famous interview of Monica Lewinsky was seen by 74 million viewers, the highest rating ever for a news program. And when she asked Lewinsky “What will you tell your children when you have them?” and Lewinsky replied, “Mommy made a big mistake,” Walters famously turned to the viewers and concluded the interview with, “And that is the understatement of the year.”
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