Jimmy Fallon is known for being part of Saturday Night Live and as the host of his own late-night talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and prior to that, the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon joined NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1998 where he was a co-host of the show’s Weekend Update segment. He became a household name in his six years in SNL. He left to focus on a career in film, in which he appeared in a number of movies such as Taxi, Fever Pitch, Factory Girl, Whip It, and Get Hard. But he soon returned to television to host Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC and later, became the sixth permanent host of The Tonight Show in 2014.
Lindsay Czarniak – $1m
Lindsay Czarniak’s first plunge into the broadcasting business was in WUSA in Washington, D.C. as an intern and later, she was hired as a CNN production assistant. She worked for WAWS in Florida when she first became a news reporter. In 2005, she joined WRC-TV and became a co-host of The George Michael Sports Machine. She also had her first major assignment as a reporter when she covered the 2006 Winter Olympics for NBC Sports. When George Michael stepped down as NBC4’s sports anchor, Czarniak and Dan Hellie were named as co-sports anchors.
Czarniak left NBC 4 and moved to ESPN in 2011. She made her debut on SportsCenter and covered the pre-season football games. Eventually, she became the 6 pm co-host of SportsCenter. She also replaced Brent Musburger as the host of the network’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500, making her the first woman to host the telecast. Her contract with ESPN ended in August 2017, but she recently signed with Fox Sports as a studio host for their NASCAR coverage.
Kate Bolduan – $200k
Kate Bolduan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and began her career as a general assignment reporter for WTVD-TV in North Carolina and later as a production assistant for NBC News and MSNBC. She also worked at Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, and House & Garden magazine. But she started her work with CNN as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource in 2007.
Bolduan also worked with Chris Cuomo in New Day and Michaela Pereira and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. She currently anchors At This Hour with Kate Bolduan and State of America with Kate Bolduan on CNN International.
Robin Meade – $750k
Robin Meade is quite the savant with all the things she has dabbled with. She majored in radio/television production, programming and performance at Malone University and Ashland University. Her broadcasting career started after she became Miss Ohio and was a semi-finalist in the Miss America pageant. She worked through several broadcasting stations before joining HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News. She is currently the lead news anchor for Morning Express with Robin Meade. She was also the moderator on the Oprah Winfrey Network show Ask Oprah’s All Stars in 2011.
Meade has received a regional Emmy Award and adding to her achievements is her New York Times bestseller Morning Sunshine!: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too. She also released two country music albums.
Brian Williams – $10m
Brian Williams spent a decade of his career as an anchor on NBC Nightly News. In 1993, he joined the national Weekend Nightly News and was the chief White House correspondent. A few years later, he was the managing editor and anchor of The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC. He then replaced Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News in 2004. Right after joining the program, NBC News was awarded a Peabody Award, the George Polk Award, and the DuPont- Columbia University award for the Hurricane Katrina coverage.
In 2015, he was suspended for six months and demoted from the Nightly News because he apparently “misrepresented” events when he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. Williams moved to MSNBC and is now the chief anchor as well as the host of their nightly program The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.