Why You Really Watch The News: Most Influential TV Reporters


Many people watch the news to get their dose of important information. However, these ladies make the news worth tuning in! Check out these women who add some major appeal to your daily stories.

43. Brooke Baldwin

Brooke Baldwin studied Spanish and Journalism at the University of North Carolina. She started as a reporter for a small station in Virginia but eventually was named lead reporter at a station in Washington, D.C. From there, her career soared. She joined CNN in 2008 on “The Rick’s List,” with Rick Sanchez. When Sanchez was fired in 2010, she took his spot. Baldwin is now the host of “CNN News,” from 2-4pm EST on weekdays.


42. Mayanti Langer

Mayanti Langer is a sports Journalist with Star Sports, in India. Her interest in sports grew while she was in school playing for her football (soccer) team. She began anchoring live broadcasts of beach football games for “Zee Sports.” Soon after, “Zee Sports” offered her a position to anchor the show “Football Cafe.” She continued to host various football shows and anchor many games. She was a host in the 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast in India, on ESPN.


41. Robin Meade

After winning Miss Ohio in 1992, and semi-finalist in the Miss America Pageant, Meade made her way into broadcasting. She had multiple positions at local stations, throughout the US, until she eventually reached HLN. Her first-day anchoring at HLN was on September 11, 2001. Today, she hosts “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” every weekday morning. In 2011, she wrote “Morning Sunshine!: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too,” which debuted at #12 on the New York Times Bestseller List.


40. Jenna Lee

Jenna Lee actually began her reporting career as a newspaper journalist after graduating from UC Santa Barbara. After enrolling at Columbia University, she began working at NY1 and freelancing for Forbes.com. After doing some on-camera work for Forbes, she was hired by Fox Business Network. She left the Fox Business Network in 2010 and transitioned to the Fox News Channel. She replaced Jane Skinner and began co-anchoring “Happening Now.”


39. Rudi Bakhtiar

Rudi Bakhtiar is best known for her days on “CNN Headlines News Tonight,” which she anchored from 2001 to 2005.  She also worked as a correspondent for the  CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°.” In 2001, she anchored CNN’s coverage of the September 11th attacks, in the United States. There is still speculation as to why she actually left CNN. In 2006, she joined FOX news as a reporter. In 2015, she appeared in the documentary “NOWRUZ: Lost & Found.”


38. Gigi Stone

After receiving her graduate degree from Columbia University, Stone’s first position was at an ABC affiliate station, in North Carolina. Since her first job, she has been a correspondent on multiple ABC shows including “Good Morning America,” “World News Now,” “ABC News Nightline,” and “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.” She is credited with producing “BusinessWeek Weekend,” in 1999. She is also on the Board of Directors for The Opportunity Network, which helps low-income, but high-achieving students attain great education.


37. Pamela David

Pamela David rose to fame after appearing on the reality Tv show “El Bar TV 2.” She was soon noticed by the Argentinian version of a famous men’s magazine, for which she did several spreads. She has also had a few acting gigs appearing in TV series “Doble Vida,” and “Casados con Hijos.” In 2006, she appeared in the film “Bañeros III, todopoderosos .” This actress and model now co-hosts the morning program “Desayuno Americano,” with Diego Pérez.


36. Ann Curry

Shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon, Ann Curry began an internship at Oregon’s KTVL. She worked her way through the ranks and became the station’s first ever female news reporter. She eventually moved to the larger market of Los Angeles. During her time in L.A., she was awarded 2 Emmy awards. After spending some time working on “Today,” she was hired by NBC to work on their nightly news program.

35. Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie’s work in law helped her quickly become a household name in journalism. For a few years, she served as the as White House Correspondent on MSNBC. However, Ann Curry’s downfall was her gain, as Guthrie was hired to take her place in 2012. Along with working on “Today,” many know her as the host of big events such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.

34. Erin Andrews

Erin Andrews has certainly made a name for herself in the journalism world. Andrews early career included working as a freelance reporter for Fox Sports Florida and reporter for the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 2004, she was hired by ESPN. Since her time on ESPN, she has covered the World Series, College Football, and the Super Bowl. She has been a guest on many talk shows such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She now also co-hosts “Dancing with the Stars.”


33. Tomi Lahren

Tomi Lahren is best known as theoutspokenn conservative political commentator and host of “Tomi” on TheBlaze. Due to her strong opinions, Tomi quickly garnered attention from media outlets like “The New York Times” and “BBC News”. She was given reviews such as a “rising media star” and “the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook”. She, currently, works for Great America Alliance.

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32. Sara Carbonero

This Spanish Beauty began her career while she was still in University, at a radio station. From 1995-2011, she was a Sports Newsreader on “Informativos Telecinco.” She trended in 2010, when her husband, Spanish Captain Iker Casillas, kissed her on live TV after a World Cup game in South Africa. In 2015, she moved to Oporto, Portugal after her husband was traded from Real Madrid to Futebol Clube do Porto.


31. Giselle Blondet

In 1997, Giselle Blondet became the co-host of Univision’s “¡Despierta América!.” In 2003, she released her autobiographical book, “Con los Pies en la Tierra.” She left “¡Despierta América!” in 2005, however, she continued to be a reporter and presenter. She has worked on shows such as “Pa’lante con Cristina,” “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” and “Fashion News Live.” She also has an acting career and has worked on a few TV shows and movies.


30. Jimena Sanchez

Jimena Sanchez works on the Latin American version of Fox Sports. Even though she lives in Mexico, she has a few favorite American sports teams including the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Yankees. Outside of the office, she likes to surf. She is also a model and has posed for magazines like “Soho.” She is the host of ““Los Mejor de Fox Sports” (The Best of Fox Sports).


29. Anna Gilligan

Anna Gilligan is a former entertainment reporter for “Good Day New York” on Fox 5 in New York city. She was the host of “FastTrack” on FoxBusiness.com and former reporter for “Meettheboos.tv. ” She was a frequent guest on the late night talk show “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.” Gilligan is married to WNYW evening anchor Steve Lacy. Their marriage was announced during a live segment about cat adoption on “Good Day New York.”


28. Courtney Friel

Courtney’s early career ventures include hosting the World Poker Tournament on the Travel Channel and and co-anchored Court TV’s “The Saturday Night Solution.” In 2006, she appeared on 8 episodes on “Celebrity Paranormal Project.” She has appeared numerous times as a Guest Panelist on “Red Eye with Tom Shillue.” She has also appeared on other TV shows such as “The Lineup,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Hannity.” Courtney Friel is currently the news anchor for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, California.


27. Betty Nguyen

Betty Nguyen has had a very successful broadcasting career. Betty was born in Vietnam but her family moved to the United States in 1975. She graduated from University of Texas with a degree in broadcast journalism. Her first anchor gig was on “CNN Saturday” in 1998. She spent a few years at CNN, appearing on various shows including “The Situation Room” and “American Morning.” She made the jumped to CBS in 2010, appearing as a correspondent on “The Early Show.” She eventually moved to NBC and she is now the host of “MSNBC Live.”

MSNBC ANCHORS -- Pictured: Betty Wynn -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/MSNBC)

26. Laurie Dhue

Laurie Dhue began her professional broadcasting career as a Guest Host on the “Fox Report.” Soon after, she made appearances on “CNN Saturday,” “Fox News Live,” and “The Pulse.” Between 2007-2008, she made many appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Beginning in 2013, she started hosting “For The Record,” an investigative documentary series. She left the series in 2013. In 2011, she admitted she she battled alcoholism but successfully received treatment. Today, she travels the U.S. as a recovery advocate, giving speeches, and hosting events.


25. Jill Nicolini

Jill began her broadcasting career on the radio at a local station in Long Island, New York. Soon after, she became an on-camera traffic reporter on a local Long Island’s news channel. In 2003, she participated in the reality show “Married By America.” She joined Fox affiliate station WNYW, in 2011, as an entertainment reporter. She is currently the entertainment and traffic reporter on “CBS 2 News This Morning.” She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards.


24. Krystal Ball

Krystal Ball is a jack of all trades. She is a journalist, business owner and public accountant. Ball has strong political views, and therefore she has flourished in journalism as a political commentator. She has appeared numerous times on TV shows such as “Martin Bashir,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” and “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton.” Beginning in 2013, she co-hosted a new MSNBC show, “The Cycle.” Unfortunately, “The Cycle” was cancelled in 2015.

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23. Susan Li

Susan Li has seen international success in her broadcasting career. Her career began at the Canadian Broadcasting Company as an associate producer and freelance reporter. From 2003-2006, she made her way across the globe and anchored in Beijing at CCTV International. She then joined Bloomberg Television and hosted the channel’s first primetime newscast, “Asia Business Tonight.” In 2015, she moved again, this time to London and joined CNBC Europe. In 2016, she moved one last time to the U.S. and now works for CNBC.


22. Judith Rakers

Judith Rakers excelled in school and while at the University of Münster she studied journalism and communication studies, German philology and modern and contemporary history. Like many other anchors, Judith Rakers began her broadcasting career on the radio. Her breakthrough job came in 200 when she began presenting the “Hamburg Journal.” From 2010-2016, she co-hosted “III nach neun.” Since 2005, she has presented the news on “Tagesschau,” on the German channel ARD. She is credited for having a role in the 2012 TV movie “Einfach Magisch.”


21. Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s rise to fame is in many thanks to her participation on the second season of the reality TV series “Survivor.” Shortly after, she married NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. Since then, her career sky rocketed. She has appeared multiple times on “Hannity,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Rachael Ray.” In 2003, she replaced Lisa Ling as a co-host on “The View.” From 2013-2015, while still on “The View,” she was also co-hosting “Fox and Friends.”


20. Melanie Collins

Graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 2008, Melanie Collins has become a CBS contributor and one of the lead reporters for Yahoo! Sports. She reports on college football, college basketball, the NBA, gold, and the MLB. She has also worked on major events such as the Olympics, the World Series, and the Super Bowl. Aside from sports, she has worked many red carpets for E! News Now. She is also one of the faces of Sheets Energy Strips.


19. Shibani Dandekar

Shibani Dandekar was born in India, but grew up in Australia. She eventually moved to the U.S. and began hosting 3 nationally syndicated shows: “Namaste America,” “V Desi,” and “Asian Variety Show.” She returned to India to pursue a career in music and modeling. She formed the band DMAJOR with her sisters. She has hosted and anchored multiple shows such   VH1’s  “Grammy Nominees Special 2011,” Zoom Television’s “Let’s Design 3,” “India’s Sexiest Bachelor” for Big CBS Prime, “JK Tyre National Racing Championship” on ESPN/STAR SPORTS , and “Extraa Innings – T20” for the Indian Premier League.


18. Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall started her career, quickly after graduating from Temple University, at a local station in Fort Worth, Texas. However, it wasn’t long until she moved up and onto a bigger station in Chicago. She gained national attention after she landed a one-on-one interview with Barack Obama before he announced his presidential candidacy. In 2007, she was picked up by MSNBC. In 2011, she was given her own show “NewsNation with Tamron Hall,” which ended in 2015. She currently works as a co-anchor on “Today.”


17. Kelly Ripa

The New Jersey native, Kelly Ripa rose to fame from her role as Hayley Vaughan on the daytime soap opera, “All My Children.” She played Haley from 1990-2010. However, in 2002 she landed her first hosting gig, alongside Regis Philbin. Regis was eventually replaced by Michael Strahan. She now is the main host, but she partners with various guests to host with her. “Live! with Kelly” won its first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show in 2012.


16. Toya Washington

Toya Washington may be one of the lesser known in this group of women, however, her talent and beauty still fortify her place on the list. Toya Washington graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in broadcast journalism and women’s studies. Her first professional position was at WISC- TV in Madison, Wisconsin.  After 6 years at WISC-TV, Washington joined WISN-TV in December 2002. She is currently serving as a co-anchor for the 5pm news.


15. Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong may not deliver the official news, how Cecily delivered lots and laugh and some news as an anchor “Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update.” This actress and comedian has also appeared in many movies including “The Meddler,” “The Boss, “and “Ghostbusters.”  She began working on “Saturday Night Live,” in 2012, and although she is no longer the Weekend Update Anchor she is still part of the regular cast.


14. Inés Sainz

Inés Sainz is a Mexican journalist that hosts the Spanish-language sports interview program “DxTips,” and journalist for Azteca Deportes. She has covered many prominent events including the World Cup, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the Champions League. She has interviewed many renowned athletes like Roger Federer, Lionel Messi, and Kobe Bryant. She also does English pre-event and ringside commentary for boxing. In May 2016, it was announced that she will host the Netflix reality show “Ultimate Beastmaster.”


13. Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales began her career at a local station in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2001, she joined “Today,” originally as a correspondent, but now is a co-anchor. In 2007, she join “Dateline NBC as a correspondent and host. She is still with “Today,” however, beginning in 2016, she became a co-hostess on “Access Hollywood.” In 2015, she appeared in the TV movie, “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” and the 2016 sequel, “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.”


12. Nancy O’Dell

Nancy O’Dell began her broadcasting career at a station in her hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 1993, she became the co-anchor of the 5:30pm news for NBC’s Miami at WTVJ. Nancy  joined “Access Hollywood,” in 1996, as a co-anchor of the entertainment news show. She left the show in 2009. In 2011, she  joined the cast of “Entertainment Tonight,” where she is now currently the co-hostess. She has also done some acting with roles in movies “The Bachelor,” “Outta Time,” and “The Smurfs 2.”


11. Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos went to Emerson University in Boston. During her senior year, she worked for Channel One News. She graduated from Emerson in 2000. From 2002-2005, she was hired as a correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight.” In 2006, she became a correspondent for “Access Hollywood.” In 2014, she began working again with “E! News.” She has worked on “Live from E!,” “E! News,” and “E! News Live,” where she is currently working. Lesser known about Maria, she has also dabbled in professional wrestling. She has done ring-side commentary as well as participated in matches!


10. Julie Banderas

Julie Banderas began her career working at multiple local stations in various U.S. cities such as Boston, Harrisonburg, Wiles-Barre, Hartford, and New York City. She joined Fox news in 2005, but she gained national attention after her interview with Shirley Phelps-Roper, a former spokesperson for the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. In 2014, she began hosting “Fox Report,” where you can currently still find her. She is married to Andrew Sasone, and they have 2 children.


9. Zain Asher

Zain Asher is the true definition of brains and beauty. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oxford University and her graduate degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Before she began working at CNN, she worked at “Money” magazine, covering careers and investing. She currently anchors “CNN Newsroom” weekdays on CNN International. She also hosts “Marketplace Africa.”


8. Charissa Thompson

Although Charissa Thompson may be best known for co-hosting the entertainment news show “Extra,” she got her start reporting sports. She has worked for Fox Sports, Versus, GSN, and The Big Ten Network. In 2011, she joined ESPN, and even replaced Michelle Beadle on “SportsNation.” She left ESPN in 2013 go rejoin Fox Sports. She began co-hosting “Extra” in 2014. In 2016, it was annouced that she would be a host on the Netflix series “Ultimate Beastmaster.”


7. Megyn Kelly

While practicing Law, Kelly decided to take some journalism classes and began interning for a local NBC station. After she moved to Washington, D.C., in 2003, an ABC affiliate hired her for some general reporting assignments. Since then, her career has only sky rocketed. She has appeared numerous times on “America’s Newsroom,” “The O’Reilley Factor,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Fox and Friends.” She currently hosts her own show “The Kelly File.” However, she may best known recently for feuding with Trump while she moderated the U.S. Presidential Debate.


6. Jackie Guerrido

Jackie Guerrido is a Puerto Rican journalist and weather forecaster. Her career in broadcasting began on the radio in Miami. She eventually was offered a a traffic reporter position on a local station, therefore, she simultaneously worked in TV and radio. Soon Univision found her and offered her a position as a weather anchor. She currently does the weather for Univision’s show “Primer Impacto,” which is broadcasted in the U.S. and Mexico.


5. Olivia Wayne

Olivia received her degree from the University of California. During her time in California, she interned for Warner Bros Records. After her internship, she returned to her native country of England and began a career in Fashion PR, working for Talk PR and in Stella McCartney’s Press office. Later, she started working as a sports news presenter on SkySports on “Good Morning Sports Fans.” She has to wake up at 3am in order to go to work! She is currently married to DJ Zeb Wayne.


4. Mélissa Theuriau

Mélissa Theuriau became an international sensation after videos were uploaded by fans to YouTube of her reading the news. The videos received millions of views. Theuriau made her TV breakthrough after she began working as a newscaster and hosting a travel show on French Channel LCI. Eventually, she made her way to another channel, Metropole 6, and began hosting and acting editor-in-chief on “Zone Interdite.” She left “Zone Interdite” in 2012.


3. Jenn Sterger

If you like football you may have seen Jenn Sterger on the sidelines during a New York Jets game. She worked as the “Gameday Host,” for the Jets, as well as was the co-host, in 2010, of the Versus show “The Daily Line.” However, her national fame came after she was just shown on a broadcast, during a Florida State Football game. She also recently came to media attention after an alleged inappropriate texting interaction with Brett Favre.


2. Kate Abdo

British born, Kate Abdo could impress anyone with her resume. Abdo has worked at DV-TV, CNN, Sky Deutschland and Sky Sports HQ. In London, she anchored the World Sport Program twice a day, as well as hosted Sky Sports News. She has hosted the Coppa Italia as well as the 2014 and 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or. Abdo is an expert on European football (soccer) and fluently speaks 4 languages: English, Spanish, French and German.


1. Britt McHenry

Brit McHenry joined ESPN’s Washington, D.C.-based bureau, in 2014. She has covered major sports as well as done coverage for shows like “SportsCenter,” “Sunday NFL Countdown,” and “Baseball Tonight.” She made headlines, in 2015, after a video of her, verbally abusing a tow lot employee, surfaced online. ESPN suspended her for a week, but after the video’s release the tow company released a statement saying they did not want to see Britt McHenry suspended or terminated because of her actions.