Surprising Salaries Of TV Reporters

They are broadcasted into your living room every day. They tell you the latest and greatest news, and we rely on them to tell us the truth, just like friends and family. With all this pressure, the job of a TV reporter is much harder than it looks. However, they remain steadfast and work hard for their money. However, the amount of money some of these TV reporters make may surprise you. You’ll find that these reporters are living in mansions and rolling in dollars.

Samantha Steele Ponder – $5m

Everyone knows this face. Samantha Steele Ponder is a sportscaster for ESPN. Let’s correct ourselves, she is hands down one of the most beloved reporters with ESPN. She is best known for her work on “College GameDay”. (She replaced Erin Andrews in 2012.)


Ponder also works as a sideline reporter for “Thursday Night College Football” and hosts the “Sunday NFL Countdown” on ESPN. You don’t work this job without meeting a few of the players. Through her job, she met NFL player Christian Ponder, and they married in 2012.


Anderson Cooper – $11m

During college, Anderson Cooper actually interned at the CIA. However, he decided to pursue journalism instead of staying with the agency after receiving his degree. He made his own luck and forged a press pass to enter Myanmar and made packages on students fighting the Burmese government.


He was able to sell these stories to a news agency back in the United States. Through hard work, he has become one of the most celebrated news anchors in TV history. He is the primary anchor on Anderson Cooper 360° and is a correspondent for 60 Minutes.

Tomi Lahren – $200k

We all know Tomi Lahren as one of the best conservative political commentators. She rose to fame by hosting “Tomi” on TheBlaze. While working on “Tomi”, she garnered attention for media outlets such as The New York Times and BBC News. 

Tomi Lahren

Both have respectively, called her a “rising media star” and “the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook”. These are huge titles for a reporter.  Today, she works for Great America Alliance, an organization that supports our president Donald Trump.

Shepard Smith – $10m

Shephard Smith began his career working at several news stations across Florida. He joined Fox News at its inception in 1996. He has remained with the network ever since. He was previously the host of the “Fox Report with Shepard Smith” and “Studio B”.

Shepard Smith

Since 2013, he has been the host of “Shepard Smith Reporting” and also works as the managing editor of Fox News Channel’s Breaking News Division. At the moment he is delivering the everyday happenings to people all over the world.

Meredith Vieira – $11m

Meredith Vieira received national attention as a correspondent for the primetime television show”60 minutes”. However, she became a household name as one of the original panelists on “The View” which resonated with many people and propelled her name to the top.


She later became the host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”, and soon made her way to co-anchoring on the “Today Show”. She also works as a special correspondent for “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC”.

Brooke Baldwin – $1.5m

Brooke Baldwin began her broadcasting career as a reporter for a small station in Virginia. However, she was quickly promoted to a lead reporter at a station in Washington, D.C. In 2008, she joined CNN’s “The Rick List, ” and when Rick was fired, she took his place.


She currently hosts “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin”. Whilst she is relatively new to the program. That said, it feels like she has been reporting on the show for years and years. One hasn’t delivered the news with such elegance and class in many, many years.

Rachel Maddow – $7m

Rachel Maddow is currently hosting the “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC and also co-anchors special events with Brian Williams. Along with her very own TV show, she is also on the airwaves on her own radio show, of the same name, on Air America Radio.


One of the reasons people love her is because she is very open about her political views and has no problem reporting presidential scandals. Therefore, it is reported she has slowly become one of the most trusted reporters currently on TV. Few people could match her abilities.

Bill O’Reilly – $20m

Like Shepherd Smith, Bill O’Reilly had been working with the Fox News Channel since its inception in 1996 and has made quite a name for himself. The same year of his debut, he was given his own show The O’Reilly Factor (originally titled The O’Reilly Report).


The O’Reilly Factor managed to be the highest-rated cable news show for 16 years. However, after the discovery of scandalous past behaviors, in 2017, Fox News terminated O’Reilly’s employment. His personality has garnered him a lot of money throughout the years.

Lara Spencer – $3m

Today, Lara Spencer is best known for co-anchoring “Good Morning America”. However, she has quite an impressive resume. Before “Good Morning America”, she hosted “The Insider” from 2004 all the way to 2011, was a contributor to CBS’s “The Early Show.”

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She then went on and  hosted “Antique Roadshow” on PBS. Along with co-anchoring “Good Morning America” she hosts “Flea Market Flip” on HGTV. She has also written two books about second-hand finds. Lara has definitely kept herself busy over the years.

Jackie Guerrido, $10 million

We all know Jackie Guerrido as a meteorologist and journalist for Univision. She started off in radio before making the move to television on Telemundo and later Univision. She was so popular that she was offered the job of an anchor on Primer Impacto.

If the name doesn’t sound very familiar to you, it’s Univision’s flagship program. She is actively involved in numerous charities and even led the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. This charming woman has made a huge name for herself over the years.

Abby Huntsman,  $3 Million

Abby Huntsman first made it big when she started working behind the scenes as an intern on Good Morning America. It was during this time that she got discovered as someone who was news material. Looking at her, we cannot deny she looks made for TV.

From there she got a job as an assignment reporter. Over the years, she has risen through the newsroom ranks and is currently bringing in an income of $3 million a year. She has instantly become a fan favorite amidst news watchers and it isn’t hard to see why.

Julie Chen, $16 Million

Julie Chen is a tv host who first came to people’s attention as the anchor for CBS Morning News in 1999. Since then she has hosted other shows, including The Early Show, Big Brother, and the Talk. She is very memorable amongst the masses.

She has been the host of Big Brother since 2000, and her new show, The Talk features her discussing the issues of the day with Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler. You can only imagine how that must be. Her huge success has amassed her a net worth of $16 million.


Giada de Laurentiis – Minimum $3m

Giada de Laurentiis has been a very beloved staple of the Food Network since her first show, “Everyday Italian,” debuted on the network in 2003. Since then, she has expanded her empire to more TV series as well as several restaurants and cookbooks.

Since she is in the hospitality industry, her annual salary varies drastically from year to year. However, with a minimum payment of $2 million for each cookbook she writes, de Laurentiis is almost always guaranteed at least an amazing $3 million each year.

Ann Curry, $5 Million

Ann Curry graduated from the University of Oregon, in 1978, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After graduation, she began interning at KTVL in Medford, Oregon and was promoted to become the first female news reporter ever at the station.


She quickly moved to larger markets like Portland and eventually to Los Angeles. She received two Emmy awards during her time in L.A. Today, she works as the lead of a production and reporting unit for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”.

Courtney Friel – $800,000

Courtney Friel is the news anchor for KTLA-TV, Los Angeles’ number one local station. Originally from Pensylvania, Friel made the rounds between different networks, including the Travel Channel and E! Entertainment, before becoming a reporter for Fox News.

She has always handled the news anchor position with an extreme amount of class and elegance. It is a trait that she has become known for over the years. It has made her one of the favorites amidst news watchers. We expect to see her for many years to come.

Kat Timpf, $1 million

The world quickly learned the name of Kat Timpf. The fierce reporter used her wit and elegance to rise through the ranks of the news world. She is currently a Fox News staple, having appeared on many of the networks shows over her short time of television.

She has appeared on such FOX News Network shows as CavutoAmerica Live with Megyn KellyFox and FriendsOn the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Red Eye, and The Greg Gutfeld Show. She is also an essayist and radio host, netting her a cool $1 million.

Eboni Williams, $200,000

Eboni Williams has had quite an amazing career in such a short time. She is a former lawyer who transitioned into media and became a news correspondent. She started out as an air legal expert on Fox News and in 2017 became the co-host of Fox News Specialists.

Williams also works in radio, and together with her legal works brings in $200,000 annually. Given her amazing reputation and how beloved she is by the mass of news watchers, we can all assume that she will be on air for years and year to come.

Kelly Ripa, $16 Million

With the fall of Kathie Lee came the rise of Kelly Ripa into our lives. Although Kelly started off as a soap opera star, she has made her way to the talk show circuit. She had her big break when she landed the co-hosting spot on “Live with Regis and Kelly!”.


However, since Regis Philbin left the show, she has become the main host of the show. Today, her co-host is Ryan Seacrest. The two discuss relevant topics in the news as well as interview celebrity guests. We have come along way from the shows original line up.

Michael Strahan – $17m

Michael Strahan played in the NFL, for 15 years, before he became a media personality. After retiring from the league, he became a sports analyst but was quickly able to jump around different genres of reporting such as entertainment and news.


He co-hosted Live! with Kelly and Michael from 2012-2016. In 2016, he announced he would be leaving Live! to work on Good Morning America full-time. He also works as a football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Michael has been full of surprises thus far.

Terry Bradshaw, $4 Million

It was only forty years ago that Terry Bradshaw was on top of the world of football. The man was an absolute animal on the field. He won the Steelers an amazing four Superbowl championships. They even won a total of eight AFC Central championships.

Like everything, the time comes to pass and Terry retired from football in 1984. Almost immediately afterward he began working as a football analyst with CBS. He continued to hold his popularity. Today he calls games on FOX Sports and makes $4 million a year.

Erin Andrews, $1 Million

Erin Andrews started her career as a freelance reporter for Fox News Sports Florida and as a reporter for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She was noticed and hired by ESPN in 2004. She worked as a reporter covering major sports events over the years.


Over the years she has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, and college football. She took over for Pam Oliver as an NFL sideline reporter for the Fox network, in 2014. Since 2010, she has also hosted the reality TV series “Dancing with the Stars”.

Hoda Kotb, $2 Million

Hoda Kotb got her start working in news as an assistant for CBS News, in Egypt, in 1986. She quickly worked her way to anchor and general assignment reporter. In 1998, she was promoted to NBC’s flagship station as contributing anchor and correspondent.

In 2007, she was hired by “Today” as the host of the fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. Her work didn’t go unrecognized by the masses. She received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work in 2010. Her work with Kathie Lee is perhaps her most memorable work.

Robin Roberts, $14 Million

Most don’t know that Roberts began her career working at a small station all the way in Mississippi, as a sports anchor and reporter. She worked her way to larger markets such as Atlanta and Nashville. She was hired by ESPN as a sportscaster in 1990.

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That said, she remained with the network until 2005, but then moved on to much bigger things. In 1995, she was hired as a feature reporter for “Good Morning America”. She was eventually promoted to co-anchor of the show, where she currently still works today.

Yanet Garcia, $3 Million

Yanet Garcia is well known as the sexiest weather girl in Mexico. As a weather girl and model, she is extremely popular on social media, where fans’ hearts always skip a beat when she posts and she isn’t afraid to post some amazing pictures.

Garcia presents on the Televisa Monterrey channel from Mexico and has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She doesn’t only make money from the news. It probably doesn’t shock you that this woman has one of the most popular Instagram accounts.

Kristen Ledlow, $500,000

We all know Kristen Ledlow as the host of NBA Inside Stuff and the first and only women hired by NBA TV as an anchor. A former beauty queen, Ledlow studied broadcasting at Southeastern University before getting her first job at CBS Radio.

Since then she has continued moving up in her career, moving from CBS to ESPN to finally NBA TV. Her career is only starting but clearly, Miss Ledlow’s star will only continue to rise as she has many big projects planned for the future. She is beloved by the masses.

Bob Barker, $10 Million

Bob Barker is one name that everyone and their mother knows. Even if you never heard of his show, you’ve surely heard of him. That said, he has definitely hit the jackpot! Barker began his game show hosting career with the show “Truth or Consequences.”

However, he is better known for “The Price is Right;” the longest-running game show in US TV history.  It seems all those years on screen were well worth it as his salary was at $10 million. Sign us up! The guy has been on air for a number of years.

Lester Holt – $4.5m

Holt worked for various CBS affiliates for 18 years, around the United States, before moving to MSNBC in 2000. In 2003, he became a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today and that’s when things started to take off.


In 2007, he was named full-time anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News. When Brian Williams was let go from his role, Lester Holt took over for him on the weekday edition of the “NBC Nightly News”. He also is the current host of NBC’s “Dateline”.

Charissa Thompson – $500k

Charissa Thompson worked on several different networks before landing her current position at Fox Sports. She previously worked at ESPN, Versus, GSN and The Big Ten Network. In 2013, she was hired as the news host for the series “Extra”.

However, she recently left the show in summer 2017. Today, she works as the host of Fox Sports NFL Kickoff Show. She is more popular than ever today and we’re all just sitting and wondering what will happen next for this amazing reporter.

George Stephanopoulos – $10m

George Stephanopoulos became a household name as the communications director for the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. After Clinton was elected, he became the White House Communications Director. His career has been amazing ever since.

George Stephanopoulos

He later was appointed the senior advisor for policy and strategy. He left the position in December 1996 and headed towards a career in journalism. Today, he is the co-anchor of “Good Morning America” as well as the host of ABC’s “This Week”.

Kristine Leahy – $2m

Kristine Leahy is the host of American Ninja Warrior and Fox’s The Herd. She studied broadcasting at Boston University after which she spent some years working in local radio. She worked as an official reporter for the Celtics on

This eventually led to her getting a job at Fox Sports. She was well respected for her journalistic approach to sports coverage and became the host of the Herd after the former host claimed that female voices were missing in sports. She is one of the better reporters today.

Chris Matthews – $5m

Chris Matthews began his career in print journalism for 15 years. He worked as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner, as well as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. His career is currently at its height.


Beginning in 1997, he began to host his own weeknight talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which today airs on MSNBC. He also hosted “The Chris Matthews Show” from 2002-2013. However, he left that show to concentrate on “Hardball” as well as writing books. In total, he has written 6 books.


Al Roker – $8m

Al Roker is ah ousehold name by 2018. The guy has been working as a professional meteorologist before he even graduated from university. After several moves, his big break came in 1983, when he became a regular substitute on “NBC News at Sunrise”.

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From 1990-1995, he filled in for various anchors on the “Today Show”. In 1996, after the retirement of Willard Scott, Roker was promoted to full-time weekday weather position on “Today”. He still works there today and we’ll certain he’ll be there for many years to come.

Billy Bush – $3m

Billy Bush is part of the same Bush family that has been represented by multiple politicians, including 2 U.S. Presidents. He first began working in journalism as a correspondent for Access Hollywood. After 3 years on the show, he was promoted to primary anchor.

Billy Bush

He left Access Hollywood, in 2016, in order to be a co-host of Today. However, in October 2016, a recording was discovered of Bush and presidential candidate Trump having a lewd conversation. Bush was fired due to this recording and has been gone from the public eye ever since.

Joe Buck – $5m

Joe Buck began his sportscasting career calling play-by-plays for a minor league baseball team and reporter for the Triple-A All-Star game. This was just the beginning for him. He eventually moved to professional baseball and was hired by Fox Sports in 1994.

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He became the youngest man ever to announce a regular slate of NFL games on network television. Through 2016, Buck has called 18 World Series and 17 All-Star Games, which is more than any other announcer currently on network television.

Erin Burnett – $3m

Erin Burnett was originally a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs when she offered a position at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN’s Moneyline. That was just the beginning for her. Later, she was offered a position of Stacks Editor and Anchor on Bloomberg TV.


In 2005, she began hosting CNBC’s Street Signs and co-anchoring Squawk on the Street. In 2011, she left CNBC to return to CNN, where she was given her own show Erin Burnett OutFront, which she currently still hosts today.


Brian Williams – $10m

Brian Williams is best known for his 10 years as anchor on “NBC Nightly News”. However, he was suspended and eventually demoted from the show, after it was discovered he had misrepresented events during his coverage of the Iraq War in 2003.

In 2015, he moved to MSNBC and is the network’s chief anchor as well as the host of the network’s nightly flagship program, “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” He has become one of the biggest names in the news ever since. He’ll be around for years to come.

Diane Sawyer – $12m

Diane Swayer certainly had an interesting path to her fame of news reporting. She began her career forecasting. However, found it rather boring and eventually moved to Washington, D.C. She got a job as the administrative assistant to White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler (under President Nixon).


She was once believed to be the political informant known as “Deep Throat” (however, later disproven). She was hired by CBS News as a general-assignment reporter in 1978. From there she worked her way up the ladder and anchored programs such as “ABC World News”, “Good Morning America” and “20/20”.

Wolf Blitzer – $5m

Wolf Blitzer began his journalism career in the early 1970s writing for Reuters, in Tel Aviv, Israel. He then began writing for the Jerusalem Post, where he worked until 1990. During his time working in Israel, he covered several hot topics in the area.


In 1990, he was hired by CNN as a military affairs reporter. In 1992, he was promoted to CNN’s White House correspondent, a position he would hold until 1999. He was given his own show “Wolf Blitzer Reports” in 2000. Today, he also hosts “The Situation Room”.

Andrea Mitchell  – $750k

While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Andrea Mitchell worked as the news director of the student radio station. After university, she was hired as a reporter at KYW radio and simultaneously reported for the station’s sister TV channel.

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She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1976 and worked for WTOP for 2 years. In 1979, she became NBC News’ energy correspondent. In 1988, she was named chief congressional correspondent, and later named Chief White House Correspondent. Since 2008, she has hosted “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC.

Leslie Stahl – $1.8m

Leslie Stahl began her career at a Boston TV station as a producer and on-air reporter. She became a correspondent of CBS News in 1974. Her prominence grew after covering the Watergate scandal and soon after she was named White House Correspondent.


She hosted “Face the Nation” from September 1983-May 1991. In March 1991, she became a correspondent for “60 Minutes”, a position which she still holds today. She is one of the longest running anchors to report the news on television.

Jim Rome – $30m

Jim Rome was an intern at the station KTMS in Santa Barbara and was later promoted to a traffic-update reporter. After having successful broadcasts, he was able to land his own sport-talk show. In 1990, he joined XTRA as a part-timer, but he excelled in the position.


He was soon given his own midday radio show “The Jim Rome Show”. In 1997, he was hired to host Fox Sports Net’s “The Last Word” and later “Rome is Burning”. In 2012, he moved to CBS Sports Network to work on a daily show called “Rome” and the weekly show “Jim Rome on Showtime”.

Sage Steele – $400k

Sage Steele knows sports. She made her debut on ESPN on March 16, 2007. Since then, she has appeared a variety of the network’s shows. She was a full-time host of “SportsCenter” and contributed to other shows over the years.

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You have seen her on ESPN First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, and SportsNation. Today she is the host of “SportsCenter on the Road”. We must not forget that she also previously hosted the Saturday and Sunday editions of “NBA Countdown” on ABC.

Tom Brokaw – $8m

Tom Brokaw is best known for his 22 years of being the anchor and managing editor on the “NBC Nightly News”. His success, however, spreads beyond just the “Nightly News”. He is the only person to ever have hosted all 3 major NBC news programs.


You’ve seen this guy on “The Today Show”, “NBC Nightly News”, and “Meet the Press”. Along with broadcasting, Brokaw is also a successful published author and has written books about American society in the 20th century. This is a career worth talking about.

Natalie Morales – $1m

In August 2016, Natalie Morales moved to the West Coast and replaced Billy Bush as the host of “Access Hollywood” and “Access Hollywood Live”. The move also allowed her to become the West Coast anchor of “Today”, while still working as a correspondent for “Dateline”.


She has come a very long way from her humble beginnings. Before making the move across the country, she worked in New York and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Latinas”. This is definitely a title worth feeling great about.

Nancy Grace – $3m

Nancy Grace is best known for her outspoken, normally harsh tone while presenting on her shows. She is a straight shooter when delivering the news and the people love it. She is best known for hosting “Nancy Grace” from 2005-2016, which was broadcasted on HLN.

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However, she was also the host of “Closing Arguments” on Court TV, from 1996-2007. She has appeared as a contributor on several news shows such as “Good Morning America”, “The View” and “Extra”. She is definitely a staple when it comes to the news.

Barbara Walters – $12m

Barbara Walters has had a large variety of jobs during her time as a broadcast journalist. She hosted multiple shows such as “Today”, “The View”, “20/20”, and the “ABC Evening News”. In 1993, she began creating “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People”.


The special ran every December (until 2015). People would always anxiously watch waiting to see who she named #1 each year. Although she has widely remained away from the news circuit since 2016, she is still considered one of the most loved newscasters ever.

Cari Champion – $1m

Cari Champion made her way to the top through the game of tennis. While working in Florida, she developed a passion for reporting on tennis, especially Venus and Serena Williams. Her work was so good that she was hired to be a broadcaster.


Her first job was for the new Tennis Channel, in 2009. She has since branched into other areas of focus such as entertainment reporting. However, her specialty is still in sports, and she currently works as an anchor for ESPN’s “SportsCenter”.

David Muir – $7m

David Muir joined ABC News for the first time in 2003 as an anchor for the overnight program “World News Now”. His position continued to grow as he reported on several hot topics such as Hurricane Katrina, the Israeli war with Hezbollah, and the 2012 U.S. Presidential election.


In June 2014, it was announced that Muir would replace Diane Sawyer on “ABC World News”. He made his debut on the show in September of that year. “World News Tonight with David Muir” is now the most-watched evening newscast in the U.S.

Kate Bolduan – $200k

Before hosting multiple shows, Kate Bolduan acted as a congressional correspondent as well as general assignment correspondent for CNN. However, her work was so well done, she eventually was promoted to hosts for several shows in the network.


She co-anchored, “New Day” with Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira, as well as “The Situation Room” alongside Wolf Blizter. Today, she anchors “State of America with Kate Bolduan” and ” At This Hour with Kate Bolduan”. Talk about being accomplished.

Tamron Hall – $1m

Tamron Hall joined MSNBC in 2007, and in 2008, she landed an exclusive interview with Barack Obama right before he announced his candidacy for President. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. After the interview, her career soared.


She has since hosted several shows such as “NBC News”, “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall”, “Today’s Take”, “Today”, and “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall”. Aside from TV reporting, Hall is also heavily active in campaigns against domestic abuse.

Christiane Amanpour – $2m

Christiane Amanpour was born in England, raised in Tehran, and attended school in both England and the United States. You can’t get much more international then that. She was hired by CNN in 1983, as a desk-assistant, but that didn’t last long.

Christiane Amanpour

With her international background, she excelled in reporting on foreign affairs and was quickly promoted through the ranks. She has since hosted popular news series such as “This Week”, “Amanpour.”, and “Good Morning America”.

Thomas Roberts – $1.5m

After graduating from a university in Maryland, Thomas Roberts landed reporting gigs around the country. He got his big break in 2001 when he was hired as the weekday anchor on “CNN Headline News”. He remained there until 2007 when he decided to work in entertainment journalism.


He moved to Los Angeles and worked for “Entertainment Tonight” as well as “The Insider” for a short time. However, he realized news reporting was his specialty. He has since hosted shows such as “Weekend Today” and “MSNBC Live”.

Sean Hannity – $29m

We all love and know Sean Hannity as a TV reporter, radio show host, and conservative political commentator. His unique personality is likely what has kept him very memorable. He is best known for hosting his nationally syndicated radio show “The Sean Hannity Show”.

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Hosting the TV news show “Hannity”, on Fox. From 2014-2017, Hannity also hosted “Fox and Friends”. Along with news reporting, he has written several books throughout his career. This man isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Alex Wagner – $550k

Alex Wagner is a highly skilled journalist in both print and broadcast news. She began working as an editor-in-chief for The Fader magazine before she became a White House correspondent for Politics Daily. Just when she thought she could do more, she did.


She was later hired by MSNBC as an analyst on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”. From 2011-2016, she hosted “Now with Alex Wagner”. She currently hosts “CBS This Morning” as well as the Saturday edition of the show.

Sam Ryan – $300k

Anyone who enjoy a good game of baseball knows the name of Sam Ryan. Before being hired by the MLB network in 2011, Sam Ryan worked for several sports news broadcasters such as ABC, ESPN, and CBS Sports. Now she is getting her news right from the source.


Since being brought on as a regular host and reporter at the MLB network, she has worked on several of their productions such as “The Rundown” and “Quick Pitch”. She also hosts an MLB show on Sirius XM. She is quickly rising through the ranks.

Don Lemon – $150k

You might know this man from many different places. Don Lemon worked in various markets throughout the country, such as Birmingham and Philadelphia, before becoming a correspondent for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News”.


He joined CNN in 2006 and has since worked on productions such as “CNN Newsroom” and “CNN Tonight”. He has also done several guest appearances on TV series such as “Empire” and “Black-ish”. What can be next for this rising newsroom star.

Robin Meade – $750k

Robin Meade got her start after she became a semi-finalist in the 1992 Miss America pageant. This is definitely a good way to get national attention. Since then her career has soared. She was hired as an anchor for HLN and her first day was September 11, 2001.


It was defintiely the biggest story of her career and her first story. In 2011, she wrote the New York Times Bestseller “Morning Sunshine!: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too”. Since 2009, she has hosted “Morning Express with Robin Meade”.

Bryant Gumbel – $1m

Bryant Gumbel is best known for his 15 years as the host of “Today”. However, prior to “Today”, he had a stellar resume. In 1975, he was hired by NBC sports and hosted its NFL pre-game show, as well as hosted several other major sporting events.

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He was named anchor of “Today” in 1982. He stepped down in 1997. But, in 1995, he had begun a different venture with HBO: “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”. Today he is one of the most well-known names in the world of sports broadcasting.

Elizabeth Vargas – $750k

Elizabeth Vargas was hired by NBC News in 1993. She worked as a correspondent for “Dateline NBC” and substitute anchor on “Today”. In 2003, she was named anchor of Sunday’s “World News Tonight”, and co-anchor of “20/20” in 2004.


In 2005, she began filling in for Peter Jennings and eventually given the position permanently. In late 2006, she returned as co-anchor of “20/20”. She has been there ever since, but who knows what the next step is for this amazing news anchor.

Jimmy Kimmel – $15m

Jimmy Kimmel began his broadcasting career as a radio host. He made his TV debut in 1997, as comedic counterpart to Ben Stein on “Win Ben Stein’s Money”. He quickly began gaining popularity and went on to host Comedy Central’s “The Man Show”.


The show was an immediate hit and brought him to stardom. Since 2013, he has been the host of the late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. He has also done production work on series such as “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald”, and “The Andy Milonakis Show”.

Nancy O’Dell – $3m

Nancy O’Dell began her broadcasting career as a reporter and anchor for a new station in her hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was promoted through the ranks at TV stations in Miami and Las Vegas. This was just the beginning for this woman.


It was in Vegas that she began working as an entertainment reporter for the show “A Current Affair”, until it ended in 1996. That same year she joined “Access Hollywood”. She left “Access Hollywood” in 2009, and joined “Entertainment Tonight”, in 2011.

Ginger Zee – $125k

Ginger Zee had worked in markets such as Flint, Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois before receiving her big break. While working in Chicago she was asked to be a guest meteorologist on the weekend edition of “The Today Show”.


In 2012, she was brought on to “Good Morning America”, by the following year, she became the show’s chief meteorologist. This could be just a starting point for this up and coming reporter. You’ll see just how much potential this anchor has when watching her.

Jimmy Fallon – $16m

Jimmy Fallon joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1998 and immediately became of the shows most funny comedians. It wasn’t enough for him though. He gave us laughs on the show for 6 years, before deciding to leave to concentrate on a film career.

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He appeared in movies such as “Taxi”, “Fever Pitch” and “Whip It”. In 2009, he returned to TV as the host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. In 2014, he became the 6th host of “The Tonight Show” since its debut and that is where he remains today.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck – $1m

Elisabeth Hasselbeck rose to prominence as a contestant, in 2001, on Survivor: The Australian Outback. She placed fourth overall. After a short stint on the Style Network, Hasselbeck was hired as a permanent panel member for “The View”, in 2003.


She remained on the show for 10 years until she was offered the position of co-host, on “Fox & Friends”, replacing Gretchen Carlson. She left “Fox & Friends” in 2015, so she could spend more time with her family. Nobody has seen her since her departure.

Ainsley Earhardt – $400k

Ainsley Earhardt has had quite a career. She rose through the news ranks pretty quickly and it likely has something to do with all her charms. After spending 2 years at a new station in San Antonio, Texas, Ainsley Earhardt was hired by the Fox News Channel in 2007.


Today, she is the co-host of “Fox & Friends”, as well as has her own segment on “Hannity” called “Ainsley Across America”. Since joining Fox, she has also been a panelist on “The Live Desk”, as well as co-hosted “America’s News Headquarters”.

Gio Benitez – $750k

Gio Benitez was hired by ABC news in 2013 and his career has been on the move ever since. He has mainly acted as a correspondent for several of the network’s news programs such as Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, and Nightline. 


His career hasn’t come without a slew of amazing awards. He has been nominated for 8 Emmy awards, 2 of which he won. Along with acting as a correspondent, Benitez is also the host of the Fusion channel’s version of Nightline.

Wendy Williams – $15m

Before she was a well-known talk show host, Wendy Williams was known as the outspoken radio show host in New York City. She was known for getting into bouts with her celebrity guests and going on rants. This resulted in her being a rather notorious figure.


Her talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, debuted in 2008 and was recently renewed for 2019-2020 television season. The show has been nominated for several Daytime Emmy awards. It has done a good job of restoring her once bad reputation.

Josh Elliott – $4m

Josh Elliott was hired by ESPN, in 2004, as a panelist for Around the Horn and Jim Rome Is Burning. He was quickly promoted and began co-anchoring ESPNews and reporting for SportsCenter. In 2011, he was hired by “Good Morning America” as an anchor as well as substitute anchor for the weekend edition of “ABC World News”.


After a short time at NBC, he moved to CBS News as lead anchor for its digital news service CBSN. He announced on air that he would be leaving his position in 2017. Unbeknownst to the network executives, he was leaving; he was soon fired after the announcement.

Terry Moran – $250k

From 1990-1997, Terry Moran worked as a correspondent and anchor for Court TV. In 1997, he moved to ABC News. He has slowly made his way up the ranks since ABC hired him. Today he is extremely well-known for her amazing personality and wit.

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He worked as a correspondent for the U.S. Supreme Court, then Chief White House Correspondent, next, co-anchor of Nightline, and, in 2013, he was named Chief Foreign Correspondent. He is still the Chief Foreign Correspondent and is based in London.

Maria Bartiromo – $6m

Maria Bartiromo is one of the most popular reporters today. Bartiromo’s first major network position was at CNN, where she worked for 5 years before moving to CNBC. While at CNBC she anchored “Closing Bell” and “On the Money with Maria Bartiromo”.


Maria shocked the world when she joined Fox News Network in 2013. Today, she keeps busy and hosts 3 shows on the Fox news network: “Mornings with Maria”, “Wall Street Week with Maria Bartiromo”, and “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo”.

Sam Champion – $2m

Sam Champion worked as a meteorologist in Kentucky and Florida, before landing a position at an ABC station in New York City, in 1988. In 2006, he joined Good Morning America. The people really get a kick out of his reports and it had to do with his personality.


He left GMA in 2013 to become a host and managing editor on The Weather Channel. Champion left The Weather Channel in 2016 after his contract was not renewed. While he has been gone since we are sure that we’ll see his face pop up again soon.

Paula Faris – $600k

After working for a NBC affiliate in Chicago for several years, Paula Faris joined ABC news in 2012. Her network debut was on “World News Now” and “America This Morning”.  She was immediately loved by the masses and the network knew they had a gem on their hands.


In 2014, she was promoted to weekend co-anchor of “Good Morning America”. In 2015, she joined the panelists on “The View”. She is certainly rising above the rank. In the future we might see her have her own show. She is that lovable.

Martha Raddatz – $2.5m

Martha Raddatz had a rather non-conventional start to her career. At a young age, she dropped out of college to begin her professional broadcasting career at a local station in Utah. A rather good decision, as Raddatz’s potential, was quickly noticed.


From 1993-1998, she covered the Pentagon for NPR. After which she was hired as a reporter for ABC News. Today, she is ABC’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent as well as the primary fill-in anchor for This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

Katy Tur – $500k

In 2009, Katy Tur landed a job at a NBC affiliate station in New York City. She rose through the ranks and found her way at the NBC national headquarters. Since her time on NBC, she has acted as reporter on several shows such as Early Today, Today, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press.

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She was also responsible for much of the Trump presidential campaign coverage for the network. She wrote a book about her experience titled “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History”.

Dan Rather – $6m

Dan Rather is best known for his lengthy tenure on the CBS Evening News. He anchored the program for 24 years. He also contributed to 60 Minutes. Rather was considered one of the “Big Three” news anchors during the 80s through early 2000s.


Along with Peter Jennings and Tim Brokaw, all three men anchored their network’s nightly news program for over 20 years. Rather retired in 2005. Now we imagine he is enjoying his last days far away from a television that plays the news.

Martha MacCallum – $8m

Martha MacCallum put everything aside and joined Fox News in 2004. Her most recent role was as the anchor of the temporary program “The First 100 Days”, which chronicled Obama’s leave from office and the entrance of the Trump administration.


Her show was reformatted and changed into a permanent show called “The Story with Martha MacCallum”. MacCallum had previously worked on “The Live Desk”, “America’s Newsroom”, and “The Kelly File”. What can be next for this great newscaster.

Chuck Todd – $750K

Chuck Todd is the 12th moderator of “Meet the Press” and host of “MTP Daily”. Prior to working on “Meet the Press”, Todd acted as Chief White House Correspondent for NBC as well as the host of “The Daily Rundown”.

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Along with being the Political Director of the network, he also is the main political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Today. If you are into the world of politics, you definitely want to find yourself tuned into this man’s show.

Michelle Beadle – $600k

Michelle Beadle is a sportscaster who can tell you information about almost any sport, due to her eclectic resume. After working for the San Antonio Spurs, she was hired by Spike (formerly TNN) to report on Professional Bull Riding.

She has long ago left behind life at the rodeo and she now reports on a show on the Travel Channel. She has mainly worked for ESPN, since 2009, minus a one-year stint with NBC. She has a lot of charms and we’re sure they will take her a long way.


Molly Qerim – $100k

Anyone who has ever tuned into the news knows Molly Qerim. She began her professional career mainly covering college sports on CBS. In 2015, she was announced as the interim host of ESPN2’s “First Take”, after Cari Champion was moved to the flagship station.

After only a few months hosting, she was named the permanent host of the series, where she still works today. She is beloved by her fans and has gained quite the following on social media over the past couple of years. Check her out on Twitter.

Lindsay Czarniak – $1m

Lindsay Czarniak joined ESPN in August 2011 and their rating immediately went up. The following year, she became the 6 pm co-host of SportsCenter. Due to her talent, she replaced Brent Musburger as the host of ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500.

She was the first woman to ever professionally cover the event. In August 2017, Czarnik’s contract ended with ESPN. She and the network couldn’t come to an agreement, so she left the station. She isn’t on TV now, but she’ll surely make a comeback.

Heidi Watney – $150k

Heidi Watney had a very humble start in the world of news reporting. She began her career in the city of  Boston working for the Boston-based network, NESN, as an on-field reporter and host of several Red Sox specials. She was a beloved local reporter.

Things quickly began to change for this young reporter. She moved to Time Warner Cable News for one year, before she was hired by the MLB Network, in 2013. She remains at the MLB Network as the host of “Quick Pitch”.

Chris Cuomo – $2.5m

Chris Cuomo began his journalism career by making appearances on networks such as CNBC and MSNBC to discuss political and social issues. He was soon hired as a correspondent for the Fox News Channel as a reporter on social issues.


He worked his way to news anchor for “Good Morning America” in 2006. He remained there until 2009. After that, he began working as a co-anchor on CNN’s morning show and recently began hosting his own show, “Cuomo Prime Time”.


Kathie Lee Gifford – $2m

Kathie Lee Gifford is loved by some and not so loved by some other people. Gifford first gained notoriety as a singer on the game show “Name that Tune.” This was just the beginning for her. Nobody saw what the future held for her at that point.

In the 80s, she became a correspondent for “Good Morning America” as well as a prominent spokesperson for Carnival cruises. From 1985-2000, she co-hosted “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” Since 2008, she has hosted the fourth hour of “Today” alongside Hoda Kotb.

Mika Brzezinski – $2m

Mika Brzezinski wasn’t also the news giant that we know her as today. After working for various affiliate stations, Mike Brzezinski got her big break in 1997, when she was given the position of anchor on the CBS show “Up to the Minute.”

In 2001, she achieved national fame for her coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She moved to MSNBC in 2007 where she worked in various positions such as hosting “Weekend Today.” Today, she is the co-host of “Morning Joe.”

Megyn Kelly – $15m

Megyn Kelly decided to take some journalism classes while she was practicing law. She began interning for a local NBC affiliate and eventually decided to move to Washington, D.C. She excelled in DC and was hired by an ABC affiliate for general reporting assignments.


She has appeared as a special reporter on several shows such as “America’s Newsroom,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Fox and Friends.” She currently hosts her own show called “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly”.

Katie Couric, $15 Million

Kate Couric, like many others, had several reporting positions before she became co-anchor of “The Today Show”. However, she left that position, after working in it for 15 years, to become the first female anchor of the “CBS Evening News”.


She left CBS News in 2011 and began hosting her own talk show in 2012. In 2014, she was hired as the Global Anchor of Yahoo! News. She recently left the position in June 2017. We know that we’re going to see her on the news for a long time coming.

Amy Robach, $300 Thousand

Amy Robach’s career took off as soon as it began. She started off at WTTG in Washington, D.C. She transferred to NBC News in 2003, where she worked until 2007. She then was named co-anchor of “Weekend Today”, where she remained until May 2012.


In that same month, she announced she would be moving to ABC News. She began her time on “Good Morning America” as a correspondent but was moved to anchor in March 2014. She has been there ever since, but we know bigger things are in store.

Matt Lauer, $28 Million

Matt Lauer has become one of the most recognizable news anchors in the U.S. He began his career as a producer on a late night news show. His big break came in 1992 when he was given the position of substitute reporter for “The Today Show”.


He was well-liked by audiences and worked his way up to regular co-anchor, where he remains today. Matt Lauer has an annual salary of $28 million. His personality and humor is so unique that we have a good feeling that he’ll be moving up soon.

Savannah Guthrie, $1 Million

Before she landed her big break as co-host on “Today”, in 2012, Savannah Guthrie acted as White House Correspondent and co-host of “The Daily Rundown.” She was headed for great places very early on in her career. She was always very impressive by most.

She isn’t just hosting the news on a full time basis. Along with hosting the news, she is well-known for hosting special events such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade. She recently made headlines for defending her friend, Matt Lauer.

Jimena Sanchez,  $500,000

Jimena Sanchez splits her time between modeling and being a presenter on Fox Deportes. Born in Mexico City, she first gained attention with her personal blog that featured sexy pictures of her with friends. Since then she has amassed a huge social media.

She currently has 2.5 million followers on Instagram! She has even been dubbed the Mexican Kim Kardashian due to their resemblance and mastery of social media. Unsurprisingly, she is one of Fox Deportes most popular reporters.

Scott Pelley – $5m

Scott Pelley started his journalism resume in the great state of Texas. He began at a small station in a city called  Lubbock but then was moved to Fort Worth and eventually Dallas. While working in Dallas, he began reporting on Guatemalan refugees.


His reporting caught the eye of CBS news executives, and 4 years later he moved to CBS. He remained at CBS for over 30 years. From 2011-2017, Pelley anchored the “CBS Evening News”. He is a still a correspondent for CBS’s “60 minutes”.

Jon Stewart – $25m

Jon Stewart began his career as a stand-up comic in New York City. He quickly became well-known in the business and began landing small appearances on TV shows. In 1993, he was given his own talk show on MTV, which ran until 1995.

Jon Stewart

However, he became a satirical legend with his show “The Daily Show”, which premiered in 1999. When he left the show in 2015, his salary was approximately $25 million per year. We’d say he is currently on top of his game.

Carrie Ann Inaba – $4.8m

While she isn’t exactly a reporter, Carrie Ann Inaba is a judge ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. She doesn’t just spend her time judging dance competitions though, she is also an actress and you might remember her as Fook Yu in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

You might also remember her as one of the Fly Girls in In Living Color. That is where this young lady got her big start. She currently gets a nice yearly salary of about $4.8 million. We’re sure she has a huge career ahead of her.


Lauren Sánchez, $2 Million

Lauren Sánchez has been a staple in the news for a very long time now. Most notably she is remembered for being on the show Good Day LA. She was the bright young face of the 1990s and has been on the news ever since.

This Los Angeles anchor has been on a number of shows like Larry King Live, Showbiz Tonight and even The Joy Behar Show. At the humble age of 49, who knows what is next for this young reporter. She still has a big career ahead of her.