These reporters get live details and are a part of the action as it occurs. These female reporters cover everything from college games to NASCAR. Here are some of the most well-known names in the world of sports reporting!
No matter how you look at it, Alanna Rizzo was destined to broadcast. In 2003, Rizzo graduated from the University of Colorado with a master's degree in broadcast journalism. She started as an anchor for CBS and was brought on full-time at "Root Sports Rocky Mountian" - for which she won three regional Emmy Awards.
Thanks to her extensive knowledge of numerous sports, Rizzo often gets asked to report on significant games. The reporter is so dedicated to her job - she didn't see the incoming bucket of Gatordate that got her soaked!
Some of the best sideline reporters started their journey as athletes themselves! Alex Curry played soccer throughout her youth and through college. Living in Southern California for the majority of her life, Curry is always searching for ways to give back to her community.
She often volunteers at GrowingGreat, a charity that encourages healthy eating. These days, Alex is a reporter and TV host for Fox Sports. Throughout her career, she's covered every kind of sports one could think of!
As we've watched her on the sidelines and followed her avidly on social media - we've learned a thing or two from Allie. She is a LaForce to be reckoned with! Growing up in a family of athletes, it would only make sense that she would play basketball for her university team.
While studying at Ohio State, she played basketball, where obviously, she majored in broadcast journalism. In 2011, Allie won an Emmy award for anchoring FOX 8’s "Friday Night Touchdown" high school football show.
While attending UCLA, Cari Champion landed herself an internship with CNN. After her graduation, she was asked to join the Tennis Network to follow the Williams sister's tennis careers.
One of Cari's main goals is to change negative stereotypes: “I wanted to give people a voice that didn’t have a voice. I’m always fighting for the underdog. I’m not sure where I got it from, but I’ve been like that all my life. That’s why I love journalism.”
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Carrisa Thomspon always knew she wanted to be a broadcaster. That being said, she graduated from UCLA with a degree in law and society. That didn't keep her from living out her dear; Thompson has been the host of many sports programs, including the NFL on Fox Sports.
For three consecutive years, she was a co-host on the entertainment news show "Extra." Thompson is also known as one of the hosts of "Ultimate Beastmaster," a sports entertainment reality show competition.
A sports reporting hall of famer, Erin Andrews, is also known for her sportscasting and as a television personality. She is most well known for her roles on ESPN "College Gameday" and "Good Morning America" and is a regular host on "Dancing with the Stars."
In an interview, Erin said that she always thought of herself as a tomboy growing up. Whether it was watching NBA games with her father or playing basketball, Erin's life revolved around sports.
Fox Sports host, Jimena Sanchez, may be one of the most recognized Mexican women on American television. She boasts many followers on her social media accounts - not thanks to her beauty but for her talent on camera.
Residing in Latin America, Sanchez is currently the host of "Lo Mejor De Fox Sports" on Fox Sports 2. A fan of American sports, Sanchez has a handful of favorite teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Yankees!
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Kayce Smith worked in College Station after graduation, where she took on multiple roles. The Texas native joined Fox Sports until her career-defining moment when ESPN approached her.
Smith has a passion for sports talk radio, which isn't surprising considering she has an extensive background in it. She is currently located in New York, where she is a personality at Sirius XM and Barstool Sports.
ABC News reporter Kaylee Hartung was previously a reporter for CNN as well as for ESPN, where she contributed to the SEC Network. Before her career on-screen, Kaylee attended Washington and Lee University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and politics, graduating in 2007.
Hartung was also a reporter on the daily "Washington Unplugged" program and worked as a featured correspondent for "Unplugged Under 40." In mid-2019, ABC announced that the young woman was joining the Disney family as a correspondent based out of NYC.
Kelsey Wingert grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. She attended and graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014, where she was on the volleyball team. She attended LSU because of the TV broadcast program.
Former Fox Sports South journalist Kelsey Wingert has done it all - from covering the Atlanta Braves to almost every other team the network covers. During the offseason, she does studio cut-ins for NHL and NBA games and does sideline reporting for Atlantic Coast Conference football games.
Kristine Leahy rose to fame back in 2010, when she hosted the action game show "American Ninja Warrior." After earning her degree from Boston University and working as an anchor for various news stations, she was finally hired by the NBC network.
In 2012, Leahy moved to Los Angeles and worked as a sideline reporter for Turner Sports’ "March Madness" coverage. She is also the former newswoman and co-host of Fox Sports 1’s simulcast of "The Herd with Colin Cowherd."
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Laura Rutledge was 2012's Miss Florida; her competition talent was ballet. Laura is a University of Florida graduate, as you may have already guessed - she majored in broadcast journalism.
Rutledge is known for her contributions to ESPN, where she is featured in multiple shows and is a host for CNN International. She has even started an original show at Fox Sports San Diego, "SDLive," which she produces and hosts!
Maria Taylor grew up in Georgia - where she attended Centennial High School, earning recognition for volleyball all through high school and her college careers. She was awarded a member of the Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Year and was named MVP of her high school volleyball team.
These days, she focuses her energy on college football and has made herself a name for herself at ESPN as a host and analyst. In 2019, Maria began hosting "NBA Countdown."
Yet another reporter who began her journey in sports playing volleyball we have Meredith Markovits. Growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she earned a volleyball scholarship to play at La Salle University. Markobits is known for her presence online at YESNetwork.com and for reporting on the Yankees as the YES network host.
Markotvits began her career as a host and reporter for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the television network in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Staying true to her Pennsylvania roots, Meredith worked as a sideline reporter for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and broadcast journalism, Molly McGarth is a proud Boston College Class of 2011 graduate. Following her graduation, Molly worked as a production assistant at ESPN, where she produced highlights, logged play-by-plays, as well as other various tasks on the network.
She has hosted several sportscasts on FOX, and in 2016, she even hosted a revival of the robot-fighting show "Battlebots" on ABC. She currently covers college football on ESPN.
After marrying the professional basketball player, Sam Dekker, Olivia Harlan is known these days as Olivia Dekker. Though she is married to a basketball star, she covers all things football. Olivia and her father, Kevin, made history as the first father-daughter team to call an NFL game when the Green Bay Packers played the San Francisco 49ers.
Apart from her work, on-screen Olivia is known for being an active philanthropist. For her wedding, instead of gifts, she asked her guests to donate to the Children's Center Family Foundation, raising over $65 thousand!
As you may have already guessed by her name, Diletta Leotta is not an American broadcaster. The Italian television presenter is actually from Catania, Sicily. Leotta studied law at the Luiss Universit in Rome, graduating in 2015.
She started by hosting "Serie B" games on Sky Sport in Italy, and in 2018 she worked side by side with Aída Yéspica as the host of 105 Take Away. She has been presenting the "Serie A" broadcasts for DAZN since the 2018-2019 season.
If you look at Rebecca Haarlow, you won't be disappointed. She's had an extensive career; she's reported for MSG Network, NBA on TNT, Fox Sports Net, The NFL Network, NBA TV, and the Big Ten Network. Impressive, right?
Growing up in Chicago, she was a track star, earning herself six state medals. If that wasn't enough, she is also a Princeton University graduate, scoring 4,700 in the 1999 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships - which is the second-highest mark in Princeton history!
After graduating from King's College, Samantha Ponder started her career as a sideline reporter for smaller college basketball and football games. She earned her big break when she was asked to host the College Gameday segment on ESPN.
Ponder was named host of Sunday NFL countdown - being the third person to land this position in the 32-year history of ESPN's Sunday morning pregame show. She is presently the host of "Sunday NFL Countdown" on ESPN.
Sara Carbonero is a Spanish sports journalist, starting her profession when she was in the third year of her journalism bachelor. While studying at the Complutense University of Madrid, she began as an intern at Radio Marca and was hired a short six months later.
In 2009, she signed a contract with Telecinco as an editor and sports presenter. One of the more notable events she covered was the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the unexpected Swiss victory over the Spaniards.
Brittany McHenry is a former ESPN personality and is currently a commentator for Fox Nation, Fox News' streaming service that runs 24/7. McHenry was born in Mout Holly Township, New Jersey, and grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida.
She was a four-year varsity starter for the women's soccer team at Satellite High School. After graduating with honors in 2007 from Stetson, Brittany went on to Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Michelle Beisner had an eight-year tenure as a host of NFL Weekly Countdown at the NFL Network and wired as a sideline reporter for "NFL Total Access" and "NFL GameDay Morning." These days, she is a feature reporter for ESPN and is a member of the "Monday Night Countdown" crew.
Not only she is a talented reporter, but Michelle has made a name for herself on-screen as an actress as well. She has acted in the films "Throttle," "Any Given Sunday," and "Alice in Wasteland."
Kacie McDonnell was born and raised in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Staying in her home state for college, she attended Villanova University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications. The Fox News talent appears mostly on the AFox Nation Subscription Channel as a sports and lifestyle host.
Her first big gig was hosting the red caper at the Patriot Awards in 2019. Before making herself a name at Fox News, Kacie worked for WTXF-TV, providing reports on the Philadelphia Eagles.
After years of working in the states, Hawksworth returned to her native Canada to continue her journey as a sports anchor/reporter for Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto. Erin triggered her career as an intern for the National Broadcasting Company - covering the 2004 Summer Olympics.
She has also served as a sports anchor for CNN. Hawksworth has made her way onto many networks, including working for KCPQ, the Fox affiliate in Seattle, where she worked as both a sports reporter and a morning news anchor.
As a reporter for the 17-Time World Champion Boston Celtics, Amanda Pflugrad conducts pre and post-game interviews with both players and coaches. In addition to this, a part of the job is delivering live game recaps and analysis and providing daily updates from the team's practice.
Her duties also include hosting the Celtics' live pre-game show during every single home game. Before this full-time gig, Amanda was a sideline reporter for ESPN, covering women's gymnastics.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Dell attended UMass Amherst and surprisingly earned her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In 2012, Jennifer began dating Will Middlebrooks, who was the third baseman for the Boston Red Sox at the time.
Dell previously worked for New England Sports Network, covering the Red Sox. Currently, Jennifer Dell is an NFL reporter for CBS Sports. Dell and Middlebrooks became engaged in 2014 and married in 2016; the couple has two daughters together!
Colorado native, Lauren Gardner, served as a sideline reporter and host for almost everyone. From CBS Sports Network to the Smithsonian Channel, she's covered everything; NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, college football, and college basketball. You name it. She's done it.
More recently, Lauren joined the DAZN team as a host of the MLB show, Change-Up. She is also a part of both NHL and MLB networks, where she works on various programs.
Sage Steele may be one of the best female reporters in the field - there’s no doubt about it. She attended Thomas B. Doherty High School in Colorado Springs when she transferred as a senior to Carmel, Indiana, and attended Carmel High School, graduating in 1990.
Steele attended Indiana University Bloomington and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Communication, graduating in 1995. Twenty years later, she gave the commencement speech at the 2015 graduation, a role she considers the highest honor of her career.
Jenn grew up with love for sports; she played and captained several games in High School. She went on to follow that passion as a collegiate athlete for the University of Florida. She continued her love for sports when signed on with ESPN, where she worked as a reporter and host for eight years.
Before ESPN, the talent worked for Showtime Sports as a correspondent for two consecutive years. Brown was a special correspondent on "Inside the NFL" for two seasons, which received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show in 2008.
Hale started her career in journalism in Monroe, Louisiana, at KNOW-TV, which landed her a place in Baton Rouge as their capitol correspondent in Louisiana. Between her weekend anchor job and being a reporter, she found time to write a book called "Historic Plantations of Alabama’s Black Belt."
These days, she works as an NFL sideline reporter for Fox Sports, as well as college football for the channel.
Akra is currently hosting shows like a sports reporter and anchor, but where did it all begin? The gorgeous and famous journalist was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After Kristina attending the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, she graduated with a news broadcasting degree in 2006.
She is most known for making appearances on various CNN shows, including "Weekend Express with Lynn Smith" and "New Day." One of her more prominent roles has been covering the Atlanta Braves on FoxSports South with in-game reports.
Niki, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, was destined to talk for a living at an early age. Seeing as though she was an only child, she would mostly talk to herself. She started her career in Broadcast Journalism way back in high school when she joined the class as a sophomore.
It was in those years when she realized exactly what she wanted to do. She's worked with various sports events around the country, representing ESPN, Fox Sports, NCAA, and much more.
Next on our list, we have the third runner-up in the 2010 Miss Florida USA pageant, Kristen Ledlow. Since leaving her pageant days behind, she's become the host of "NBA Inside Stuff" on NBA TV. She attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, majoring in broadcasting and communications.
After graduation, she became an anchor at WTXL-TV, hosting the "Good News Show" while writing for the "Tallahassee Quarterback Club." She also worked on the radio channel for ESPN Tallahassee, helping her make her way onto becoming a sideline reporter for Florida State Seminoles football games.
Born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, Jamie Erdahl went on to graduate from the Breck School in 2007. She is currently a reporter for CBS Sports, where she's the number one sideline reporter for "The SEC" on CBS, teaming up with Gary Danielson and Brad Nessler.
Erdahl also covers the NCAA basketball during its season and "March Madness" for CBS. Since joining the company in 2014, she's been contributing to CBS Sports Network as a studio host.
Heidi Watney a sideline reporter and host for the Major League Baseball Network. She attended Clovis West High School in Fresno, where she was an all-around athlete; she participated in hurdles, diving, cheerleading, and gymnastics.
She earned a scholarship to San Diego State, where she graduated with honors. Heidi gained experience sportscasting in roles at the Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles and New England Sports Network in Boston.
Kathryn Tappen calls Morristown, New Jersey, her hometown. Tappen didn't let the fact that there weren't any girls teams at her school stop her from playing sports; instead, she joined the boy's baseball and basketball teams!
In high school, she focused on track, and as a result, she earned both academic and athletic scholarships to attend Rutgers University. She eventually majored in journalism and was a member of the cross-country and track team at Rutgers until she graduated.
The half Armenian, half Italian gorgeous, and brainy Qerim, was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in business administration from the University of Connecticut. She went on to receive a master's degree from Quinnipiac University in broadcast journalism.
Molly has a long, impressive resume that includes anchoring and reporting for CBS Sports Network, where she covered college football, the NCAA Tournament, the U.S Open, and National Singing Day. She's had numerous roles on ESPN, including "UFC" and "College Football Live."
Native New Yorker and die-hard New York Giants fan Jamie Maggio is our kind of woman. She hosted a local sports show in Los Angeles before joining Turner Sports, and in 2011, she began covering from the sidelines at the NBA and MLB playoffs.
Her breakout game occurred during her coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. These days, she has the critical position of handing sideline duties for Los Angeles Clippers games on Fox Sports West.
Melanie Collins is another example of a Broadcast Journalism graduate who has worked endlessly to achieve her goal as a reporter at the top of her profession. Currently, Collins hosts the "Big Break" and is working as an NFL sideline reporter for CBS Sports.
For a long time, Melanie was the face of Yahoo! Sports - where she reported from all major sporting events all around the world. Melanie also served as the host of the weekly show "Fantasy Football Live."
Gevrina Catalina is a bilingual sportscaster and television personality fluent in Spanish and English. Catalina is the first-ever sportscaster for Los Angeles Football Club, who is simultaneously the bilingual digital reporter for the Los Angeles Rams.
She is an accurate representation of the diversity of Sports in Los Angeles. She graduated from the prep sports school Mater Dei. In addition to Spanish and English, she speaks fluent French - it seems like no matter where she is in the world, Catalina will always have a job!
Four-time Emmy nominated sports broadcaster Tracy Wolfson is a force to be reckoned with. She made the bold move from ESPN to CBS Sports in 2004, and she's been on the sidelines at some of the most significant games in the world ever since.
She was a sideline reporter for the inaugural "Thursday Night Football" package, and before that, she leads sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS Football.
Former ESPN personality Brittany May McHenry works as a commentator on Fox Nation, Fox News’ 24/7 streaming service. After graduating from the Medill School of Journalism, Brittany began her career working as a reporter and fill-in anchor for ABC Television's Washington affiliate.
McHenry spent two weeks at Fox Sports San Diego working as a sideline reporter on the San Diego Padres telecasts - before eventually returning to ABC 7.
Model, television personality, and former online columnist for Sports Illustrated, it seems as though Jenn Sterger has fone it all. She was a co-host of the Versus sports news show, "The Daily Line," and worked as the Gameday Host for the New York Jets.
Currently, she works for All Elite Wrestling as a backstage interviewer. Though she's been out of the spotlight in recent years, she is one of the most notable women in sports media in the past 20 years!
Golf fans who tune into TNT and CBS Sports broadcasts all know who Amanda Balionis is; she's become somewhat of a household name. Balionis started her media career at Hofstra University, where she majored (like many on this list) in broadcast journalism.
While still studying, she worked at the student newspaper. Climbing her way to the top, she interned for several stations and started her professional career at a paper in Lancaster. She began as a reporter for the PGA tour, eventually making her way to CBS Sports in 2017!
With a degree in broadcast journalism in hand, Jill Arrington graduated from the University of Miami. Shortly after graduation, she began her broadcasting career as a producer of the entertainment show called "Main Floor," a job she held for five years!
She also spent a year producing for Paramount's "Real TV." Jill married Dean Panaro, a four-time NCAA Champion diver. They have one daughter together, Presley Kate Panaro, who was born in 2004.
Most will recognize Shannon Spake for her contribution to Fox Sports, where she is in charge of all anchor duties for the"NASCAR Cup Series" - as well as "NASCAR Series" races and pre-race shows. Spake was also a college basketball and football reporter for Fox Sports.
In the past, she worked for ESPN, where she worked on SportsCenter and contributed as a sideline reporter for SEC on ESPN basketball. In 2017, Shannon got the unique experience of voicing Shanon Spokes in Pixar's "Cars 3!"
Melissa Stark is a television personality and sportscaster; you may recognize her from her three-year term as a sideline reporter for "Monday Night Football." Melissa began her career as a news intern working on the assignment desk at WMAR-TV in Baltimore way back in 1991.
She moved up and became a news intern for "CBS Evening News," where she wrote scripts and put together background information on investigative pieces for the network's health correspondent, Dr. Bob Arnot. Currently, she works as a reporter for the NFL Network.
Holly Rowe has made a name for herself and is one of the most well-known sports journalists today. She has been working for ESPN since 1998 and has the unique ability to move gracefully between sports and roles, integrating her work as a play-by-play broadcaster.
Rowe is one tough cookie; in 2016, she covered both the men's and women's NCAA tournaments just one month after cancer surgery. Under how blouse, she had plastic tubes stitched into her incision to drain fluid. That's an MVP right there!
This sports broadcaster is also an actress and a model. She has appeared in television and movies, winning an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding actress in the film “Body and Soul.”
She got into sports news before women were generally invited. In fact, in 1978, she was the first female network correspondent on sports programming when she joined CBS’s “NFL Today.” Kennedy won an Emmy Award in 1978 for her work reporting at the 1977 Rose Bowl Parade.
Rebecca Grant became a correspondent for ESPN and Fox Sports World to cover international soccer. She got her foot in the door in sports broadcasting as a sports personality with the Buffalo Bills organization on the Empire Sports Network.
As a sideline correspondent for international soccer, she was noticed by Fox and won a co-hosting position on “NFL Under the Helmet.”
Born and raised in Mexico City, Ines Sainz is a Spanish-language sports reporter for "Azteca Deportes." She is also a model and is known for her spicy personality.
She was the fifth sexiest woman sports reporter in the world, according to FHM in 2009. She has interviewed top players like Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, and Cristiano Ronaldo. She is also a sports reality show host.
Holly Sonders is a college athlete from Michigan State, where she played golf. She was 21 when she landed her first sports television job on the Golf Channel. Fox Sports recruited her next, and she made a splash in golfing circles with her very feminine treatment of coverage on the greens.
Her personal coverage is often sparse, and it’s appreciated, especially on her Instagram page, where she has generated a 572K following modeling for fans.
Hailing from Australia, Mieke Buchan has covered world sporting events like the Olympics, The U.S. Open Tennis, Formula One, and the Super Bowl. Buchan studied communications at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.
At Australian University Games, she competed in netball. In 2003 she relocated to Los Angeles to cover major sporting events for ESPN, ABC, Fox Sports Net, and the Tennis Channel. In 2013, the sports reporter delved into celebrity interviews. On the release of “Thor: The Dark World,” she interviewed Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth.
Doris Burke is an ESPN sports reporter and a sports analyst for “NBA on ESPN” and “NBA on ABC.” She covers college basketball on ABC and ESPN. Burke was the first female sportscaster to call New York Knicks games. As an athlete at Providence College, she played point guard for four years.
Leading the team in assists, she graduated with the all-time record. In 2013, she debuted at ESPN as a co-host on “NBA Countdown.” By 2017, became the first woman at the national level to be assigned a full-time role as an NBA game analyst for ESPN.
Hannah Storm graduated from Notre Dame in 1983 and went on to pioneer the role of women in sports broadcasting. She has an award-winning and celebrated career as a journalist and as an author. Storm was the first-ever female host of CNN’s “Sports Tonight.”
She covered major sporting events like the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, and the Rose Parade. She is the anchor at “SportsCenter on the Road” and other ESPN primetime specials. Amongst her awards, she has won the 2000 Gracie Award for Pioneering work as a female in sports news.
Laura McKeeman’s first sports reporting job was in Tampa Bay as a sideline reporter for the Rays. She moved to San Diego and reported from the sidelines at Petco Park for the San Diego Padres for Fox Sports.
McKeeman originally broke into a career as a sports journalist with ESPN on the network’s SEC Network in 2014. She holds Miss Florida's 2012 beauty pageant title. The sports reporter is married to MLB player Josh Rutledge.
Born and raised in NYC, Erin Sharoni is not just an athlete but also an accomplished artist, U.S. Jr. Olympic-certified coach, personal trainer, and fitness expert. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Studio Art.
She worked in finance before becoming a sports personality as a correspondent on “Jim Rome on Showtime” and as a co-host and sideline reporter for “CNBC Sports Biz: Game On.” Sharoni made her sports broadcasting debut as a sideline reporter for St. John’s basketball with SportsNet New York. The media personality has also made inroads in showbiz with two acting roles.
Lindsay Czarniak grew up an athlete and a sports fan in Pennsylvania. Her father worked in sports for a local newspaper and influenced her. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in online journalism in 2000. Getting her foot in the door at CNN, she soon became a sports reporter and anchor at Fox Sports.
Currently, she is a sideline reporter for NFL games and a pit correspondent for NASCAR. Czarniak covered the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for NBC Sports and the TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. And, at ESPN, she was a “SportsCenter” anchor.
After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 2003, Nicole Zaloumis worked at NFL Network. As the weekend sports anchor at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., she also hosted a weekly sports show covering the Washington Redskins.
Zaloumis was a daily sports anchor at the Big Ten Network with Comcast SportsNet New England. The anchor hosted “Fox Sports Live” on Fox Sports 1. She also did work on SiriusXM radio as co-host of “Left Coast Live” on Mad Dog Sports Radio.
Erin Bates is a Canadian-born motocross and supercross reporter. She started her career in racing as a trophy girl in the International Freestyle Motocross Association. She went on to join SPEED TV as a pit reporter.
She is a broadcaster, a TV host, a model, and a spokeswoman. Bates is a former Miss FMX. She is also an actress in motocross movies “Supercross” and “1000cc Raw Thrill.”
Phyllis George was crowned Miss Texas and Miss America before pioneering the role of women in sports media. She was hired by CBS on “The NFL Today,” becoming one of the first women to appear on air in sports broadcasting.
Her work at CBS Sports led to a “CBS Morning News” anchor position. In 1979, George became First Lady of Kentucky after marrying Kentucky Fried Chicken owner John Y. Brown Jr. She was also an entrepreneur who founded two companies and is a published author.
Charissa Thompson has hosted “Fox Sports Live,” ESPN’s “Sports Nation,” and the Netflix reality program “Ultimate Beastmaster.” Outside of sports, she co-hosted the showbiz news program “Extra.”
After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, she was a sideline reporter for college basketball and football for Fox Sports Net. Eventually, she rose to become an NFL sideline reporter on “NFL on Fox.” Thompson was a presenter at “Fox NFL Kickoff” and host of “NFL Films Presents” on Fox.
Recognized for her NBA and NFL sideline reporting, Pamela Oliver hails from Texas and graduated from Florida A&M University. She excelled at track in high school and college, and with a love of sports, she chose a career in sports broadcasting.
Oliver’s first position in 1985 as a news reporter was at WALB in Albany, Georgia. She moved up to sports anchor with KHOU-TV in Houston. From there, she landed sideline reporting work with ESPN and Fox Sports, corresponding with big-time NFL sportscasting team Pat Summerall and John Madden. In 2004, Oliver was awarded “Outstanding Woman in Journalism.”
Longtime ESPN sports broadcaster Josina Anderson was a frequent face on some of the network’s biggest sports programs. Her coverage included “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “NFL Live,” and “SportsCenter.” She got her foot in the door with a local Fox television outlet in Denver.
The Emmy Award-winning journalist was the first woman to be hired by ESPN for “NFL Insider.” According to Anderson, “I am the top NFL female insider in the country in terms of covering news over 32 teams consistently.”
Kelly Nash holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Miami. As a sports reporter, she covers MLB and NHL. Landing a position at MLB Network, she co-hosts “The Rundown.”
She is also a reporter for NHL Network. Like many sports reporters, Nash is exceptionally attractive and does modeling as well. She runs a podcast and has built an 81.1K following on Instagram.
Bay Area-born Molly McGrath graduated from Boston College, where she was cheerleading captain. It was there she first dabbled in sports media. ESPN hired her after graduation, but first, she was a web-based reporter for the Boston Celtics.
Her work with the Celtics landed her a Fox Sports update anchor. She became a sideline reporter for Fox College Football and Basketball. ESPN lured her back as a college football and basketball reporter. She covered bowl games and Big Ten events. McGrath appears on “ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime,” covering two games per week.
Athlete and sports reporter Sarah Spain played track at Cornell University and graduated with a degree in English. She worked as a reporter for Fox Sports Net and WGN in Chicago as well as the Big Ten Network. In 2010, ESPN brought her on board, and she appeared on many sports shows.
Spain is a columnist at espnw.com, an ESPN host for radio and television, and a “SportsCenter” contributor. She was in “More Than Mean,” a short video raising awareness about the "me too" movement, and it won a 2016 Peabody Award.
Rachel Nichols graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1995. She is a sports reporter and an anchor for ESPN. She has her own show called “The Jump,” covering news and stories from the NBA and hosting a panel of NBA athletes.
Nichols has several accolades and was widely appreciated for taking a tough round of questioning to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. ESPN praised her as “the country’s most impactful and prominent female sports journalist.” “Esquire,” “Hollywood Reporter,” and “Sports Illustrated” have all featured her prominent position in the sports media industry.
Born in Harlow, Essex, England, Georgie Thompson studied broadcast journalism at the University of Leeds. Landing a job at British sports networks, she went on to cover the A1 Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Masters, Speedway World Cup, America’s Cup, and the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
On Comcast’s British program “Sky Sports News,” she served as a presenter. She went to Fox Sports in 2013 as a panelist on Regis Philbin’s show “Crowd Goes Wild.”
Kristen Berset was born and raised in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunications. She was crowned Miss Florida USA in 2004 and finished as a semi-finalist in the Miss USA competition.
She worked as a news anchor on WJHG in Panama City and co-hosted fishing competitions on the “Professional Tarpon Tournament Series.” In 2017, Berset was awarded the Ted Yates Award “Profile of Courage” award for journalists who have shown bravery on the job after surviving cancer. Today she is a sports anchor and host of Great Day Washington on WUSA 9.
American sports reporter Sam Ryan is a sports anchor at WABC-TV in New York, the weekend “Eyewitness News” program. She graduated from Hofstra University in communications and started on the radio with ABC.
The Emmy Award-winning local broadcaster was hired at ESPN in 2003 and CBS Sports in 2006. By 2011, she joined MLB Network as a host and reporter. With MLB Network, she was on “The Rundown,” “Quick Pitch,” and “provided on-air reports from the field.
Canadian sports reporter Natasha Staniszewski was raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up a strong athlete in basketball and volleyball. At the University of Alberta, she earned a business degree but chose a career in broadcast journalism.
She is known for being an anchor on “SportsCentre,” Canada’s TSN sports channel. She climbed the ladder to CTV, reporting on CTV Yorkton in Saskatchewan. She covered the Edmonton Oilers in 2009 and the Grey Cup in 2010. She was with TSN until 2021.
“Sky Sports News” host Kirsty Gallacher is a television personality and a model. She is the daughter of former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher and hails from Scotland. She hosted “Kirsty’s Home Videos” at Sky1 from 2000 to 2004. She’s known for presenting “Gladiators” on Sky1 and “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.”
Gallacher also hosted the morning show “RI: SE.” In 2008, she won the third series of reality television series competition, “The Games,” and in 2006, she hosted the BBC reality show “Only Fools on Horses.”
Katie Nolan is a television and media personality from Boston. She hosts an ESPN podcast each week called “Sports? With Katie Nolan.” Nolan won a Sports Emmy in 2016 for another show called “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan” on Fox Sports.
In 2019 and 2020, she was nominated for two more Emmys for her ESPN show “Always Late.” She hosted for NFL Films in 2016. Moving to ESPN in 2017, Nolan hosted “SportsCenter on Snapchat.” The media personality has appeared on comedy shows like “Drunk History” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
Michelle Beadle is a sports television host and sideline reporter. She is known for her work at ESPN, CBS, and ABC. She has also worked for the subscription Yankees YES Network in New York.
Beadle was born in Italy and raised in Texas. She is the daughter of a former oil executive. She has done sideline entertainment reporting for various red carpet events. She is best known for co-hosting “SportsNation” and ESPN2 and hosting “Winners Bracket” on ABC.
The American Sportscaster Association has named Bonnie Bernstein one of the most accomplished female sports reporters in history. Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Bernstein went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, earning a broadcast journalism degree. She was a four-time All-America in gymnastics.
Working at sports desks in Maryland and Delaware, she became the first female sports anchor in Reno at NBC’s affiliate station. At ESPN, she covered Michael Jordan as the Chicago Bureau Chief. She ghosted many high-profile shows like “The Dan Patrick Show,” “Jim Rome Is Burning,” and “NFL Live.”
Sportscaster and media personality Ashley Russell has been featured on the cover of many magazines, including “Men’s Fitness,” “Southern Living,” and “Premiere Bride.” She is a sports broadcaster for Yahoo! and has appeared on the Big Ten Network.
She is featured on “Yahoo! Sports Minute” and hosts Rivals.com, an online sports news site. Russell formerly owned and presided over a prominent model and talent agency in Nashville called AMAX.
Inducted in 2016, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer Robin Roberts was a college athlete with a strong passion for sports before she became a sports broadcaster at ESPN. Highlights include anchoring “SportsCenter” and covering major sporting events.
She covered the Original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympic Games. Roberts boasts covering Wimbledon, a personal goal achieved. Additionally, she reported from the Women’s Soccer Team’s 1999 World Cup Victory. In 2002 she was promoted to ABC’s “Good Morning America” while remaining at ESPN.
Television host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden have anchored “McIntyre in the Morning” on KABC talk radio in Los Angeles. After winning first place in the Venues International model search, she was on the cover of “Playboy.” As well as “Fitness Beach.”
She was a correspondent for Fox Sports. She reported pre-and post-game coverage of the Los Angeles Angels on Fox Sports West. She also covered mixed martial arts on “UFC Tonight.”
Read on to find out who are the highest paid female news anchors on TV
It's never been a better time to be a woman on television, and that couldn't be truer for the plethora of fantastic females who dominate the news desk today. Every day and every night, these ladies give us the latest on political and cultural affairs. It's no easy job, so it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that these anchorwomen get a pretty good paycheck at the end of the day. Curious to know just how much? Find out who's on the list of America's highest-paid female TV anchors.
Get ready to be blown away by these fierce and leading women whose talent and successful careers have gotten them rich, famous, and showing the world that, as Beyonce best put it, “who runs the world? Girls!”
Ainsley Earnhardt – $400K
It’s a good omen that your career will be promising when you start it even before graduating from college. It’s also an indication of your motivation and drive. Ainsley Earnhardt, a South Carolina native who graduated from the University of South Carolina, got a head start on her career while her peers were doing beer pongs and jello shots. Ainsley majored in journalism in college and worked as a local reporter for the Columbia, a South Carolina CBS news station.
After graduating from college, she moved to San Antonio, Texas where she worked as a weekday news anchor for KENS-TV Eyewitness News. This job kept her down south for two years. In 2007, she got her big career break, sealing her current role in New York City on Fox News. Currently, she is reportedly making $400,000 per year.
Melissa Francis – $300K
Not many news anchors also double as actors. Well, the financial news reporter and anchor, Melissa Francis, has had a long career in which she’s also dabbled in acting. And when we say long we mean from the age of one-years-old when she first appeared in a Johnson & Johnson commercial. Years later, she starred on Little House on the Prairie playing the role of Cassandra Cooper Ingalls. Before landing her current role on Fox News in 2012, she worked at CNET and CNBC. The latest movies to be added to her resume were The Dictator and Race To Witch Mountain.
During her spare time off from television and movies, she authored a book (how she had time to manage this is beyond us). Well, all her hard work has made her a net worth of $8 million. Her current salary is estimated to be around $400,000. $300,000 of that comes from Fox News and $100,000 comes from Fox Business News. And a woman of this caliber could only have studied at the best of schools- she graduated from Harvard University in 1995 with a degree in Economics.
Charissa Thompson – $500K
Most sports fanatics with aspirations to work on a sports network would dream of having their names associated with at least one network, however big or small. Well, Charissa has been talented enough to be associated with several. She has worked on ESPN, Versus, GSN, and the Big Ten Network as both a host and sportscaster on the various networks. At the moment she is working as a sideline reporter on FOX for the NFL games. Like hello, way to defy all the odds and work in male-dominated roles.
She also works as a sideline reporter on the Big Ten Network where she covers college football and basketball games. Before The Best Damn Sports Show Period was canceled on the FSN in 2009, she co-hosted the show. She makes around $500,000 and we must say, every penny is well deserved.
Paula Faris – $565K
Getting your big break takes a lot of hard work and many times, there are roadblocks and major struggles along the way. Paula Faris is very familiar with the effort it takes to achieve your goals. Before she landed her huge broadcasting break, she struggled for a number of years. She landed her first big role after working in communication jobs and radio sales. Becoming a production assistant with WKEF/WRGT allowed her the in that she needed; she has been working her way up the ladder ever since.
From 2002-2005 she worked on WCPO-TV in Cincinnati as the sports anchor. From 2005-2011, she moved to Chicago to work as a sports reporter and anchor. In 2014, ABC signed her on as a co-anchor on Good Morning America Weekend. Since working at ABC, she has been on World News Now and America This Morning. She is estimated to make around $565,000.
Martha MacCallum – $700K
A lot of reporters and anchors bounce around between networks. Since 2004, Martha MacCallum has been loyal to delivering the news on Fox News strictly. But, before landing her role on the network, she was also a reporter on NBC/CNBC. For the last 15 years, she has worked as a reporter, anchor, and correspondent on the conservative network.
She has been on several shows like The Live Desk, America’s Newsroom, The Kelly File and The O’Reilly Factor. She has also covered the last four presidential campaigns and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. She has gotten the honor to interview many big figures throughout the years like President Barack Obama, John McCain, and Laura Bush. She makes $700,000 per year.
Deborah Norville – $1M
When Deborah was a senior in high school, she was her town’s Junior Miss contest winner. She credits competing in the 1976 America’s Junior Miss pageant and seeing the behind the scenes work to inspiring her to want to work in T.V. journalism. While Norville was still in college, she started to work on television. She got an internship working for Georgia Public Television. After graduating college, became a full-time reporter and weekend anchor for WAGA-TV. In January 1987, she joined NBC News as the anchor of NBC News at Sunrise. She became the only female anchor of a network newscast.
After she joined the cast, the show’s ratings increase by 40%. In 1989, she became a news anchor of Today. Since the mid-’90s, she has held the same job with CBS news magazine as the anchor of Inside Edition. If that’s not enough, she also has her own yarn business. From her yarn business, The Deborah Norville Collection, she makes $1 Million. Not bad Deborah!
Jane Pauley – $1.2M
When you’ve been working in the news since you were just 20-years-old, It’s clear that delivering the news is your life calling. Impressively, Pauley started working in the news in 1972, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Pauley has become one of the most known and veteran broadcasters in our list. She was an anchor on NBC’s Today for 13 years and co-hosted stint on Dateline NBC for 12 years. Nowadays, you can find her anchoring CBS Sunday Morning.
Jane hasn’t only shown the world that women are fully capable of working in the news, but also that mental health disorders don’t need to stand in the way of your dreams. Jane has made her own struggle with bipolar very public. She makes around $1.2 million and has an estimated net worth of $40 million. That’s what nearly 40 years in the field will get you!
Brooke Baldwin – $1.3M
Brooke Baldwin has worked for CNN since 2008. She is the current host of the CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin which is aired from 2 pm to 4 pm (ET). Her career started in Virginia in 2001 when she worked at the WVIR-TV. After that, she worked as a morning anchor at WOWK-TV. She joined WTTG in Washington before switching to CNN Atlanta.
Besides working as an anchor, she hosts many big events like the New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. She has made an impressive net worth which is estimated to be around $1.3 million.
Katy Tur – $1.3M
The 30th spot on our list goes to Katy Tur. Katy Turn formerly worked at local New York stations like News 12 Brooklyn and Fox 5 New York. She even worked as a storm chaser for The Weather Channel at the start of her career. In 2009, she landed a role with NBC as a broadcast journalist and news correspondent.
In 2017, she released her first book called Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat To The Craziest Campaign In American History. In the book, Tur tells her story of the coverage of the 2017 campaign elections. She is estimated to make around $1.3 million.
Amy Robach – $1.4M
Amy Robach is fulfilling many people’s dream jobs as a current news anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America. Long before she became a news anchor, she was the 4th runner up of the Miss Georgia pageant in 1994. She’s been killing it with beauty and brains ever since. She started her career off at the WTTG in Washington and then switched over to NBC News in 2003. While she worked at NBC, she was given the gig of anchoring for two hours every morning for Good Morning America.
The Today show then brought her on to work as a co-anchor. She’s a hot commodity! Her current net worth is estimated at $1.4 million dollars. With a net worth and resume like hers, she is ever so deserving of a spot on our list.
Erin Andrews – $1.6M
If you watch a lot of sports networks, then you definitely know this next anchor. Erin is one of the most famous broadcasters. Her father is Steven Andrews, an Emmy award-winning T.V journalist. Erin has worked for ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN’s College Gameday. Her current salary puts most of our salaries to shame. With an $800,000 salary, it’s apparent that this lady is wanted and the networks are prepared to pay big money for her presence.
Currently, Andrews works as a sportscaster and journalist for FOX NFL. She is also a co-host of Dancing with the Stars, which brings her an extra $800,000 as if the first $800,000 weren’t enough. So, she is making a casual $1.6 million. Oh, and did we mention that she has a net worth of $20 million. Yes, we’re crying now and questioning the fairness of life.
Savannah Guthrie – $2M
Australian-born Savannah Guthrie is a journalist and an attorney. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BA in journalism, she took a job broadcasting for KMIZ and KVOA. After five years working in Arizona, she moved to D.C. and started working at WRC-TV. She covered big stories like September 11 and anthrax. She then decided it was time for higher education and enrolled at Georgetown University to pursue a law degree. She worked for a while at a law firm before returning to T.V. In 2007, she was hired by NBC News as a correspondent and legal analyst of the show.
From 2008-2011, she was a White House correspondent and then worked as a co-anchor for MCNBC’s The Daily Rundown from 2010 and 2011. She became a co-anchor on The Today’s Show in 2011 alongside Natalie Morales, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker and has been there ever since. Her current net worth is estimated at $20 million.
Tamron Hall – $2M
Texas-born Tamron Hall studied broadcast journalism at Temple University. After graduating, she moved to Texas where she worked at KTVT. In 2007, she got her big career break, joining NBC News and MSNBC. In 2009, she gained recognition after she substituted for anchor Keith Olbermann on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She continued to work for the networks until 2017.
She worked as a correspondent on NBC News, as a host on MSNBC’s NewsNation with Tamron Hall, and as a co-anchor of Today’s Take. In 2013, she also hosted the Deadline: Crime which aired on the Investigation Discovery channel. She is estimated to be worth $2 million.
Nancy O’Dell – $2M
Another former beauty pageant winner of South Carolina, this Clemson graduate started her broadcasting career as a reporter and news anchor at the news station WDPE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She proceeded to work in Charleston and Miami before she landed a role with the celebrity gossip show, Access Hollywood, which she hosted from 1996-2009.
Today, she is still delivering celebrity gossip on Entertainment Tonight as a special correspondent. She is estimated to make around $2 million and have a net worth of $12 million.
Elizabeth Vargas –$3M
Elizabeth Vargas has worked as an anchor for A&E Networks since 2018. Prior to this position, she was an anchor of ABC’s 20/20 for 14 years. She was also formerly an anchor on the World News Tonight. Like many other anchors, she majored in journalism in college and worked at a local news station in Chicago upon graduation. While working at WBBM-TV, an affiliate of CBS in Chicago, the senior vice president of ABC Phyllis McGrady said of Elizabeth that she’s one of the most flexible talents he ever worked with. It’s no wonder that Vargas has made it so far.
She is said to have a net worth of $6 million. Despite her success, her life hasn’t been without its fair share of struggles. Vargas has had a history of alcoholism and has entered rehabilitation centers numerous times to recover.
Erin Burnett – $3M
Long before Erin Burnett became a news anchor with her own show on CNN called Erin Burnett OutFront, she was working as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs. While in this position, CNN brought her on as a writer for CNN’s Moneyline. Her resume includes a slew of impressive roles, like working as a co-anchor for CNBC’s program Squawk on the Street program and Street Signs program and contributing to programs like Meet the Press, Morning Joe, Today, and NBC Nightly News.
She has also made several appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice while working as an advisor to Donald Trump. Burnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has hosted Erin Burnett OutFront live from several countries around the world including Mali, Rwanda, China, and Afghanistan. Her current salary is $3 million and her net worth is $12 million.
Bianna Golodryga – $3M
Moldova-born Bianna Golodryga was a finance anchor at Yahoo! Before pursuing a career in journalism. Although she hoped to work in the financial services industry, after the economic crisis, she chose to pursue a different career path. She started off as a producer at CNBC before becoming an on-air correspondent.
In 2004, she received an honorable title as one of the top journalists under 30 and was offered a spot as a correspondent for ABC. She also took on the position as a weekend co-anchor for Good Morning America for four years between 2010 and 2014 after co-anchor Kate Snow left the show. Her salary is estimated to be $3 million.
Abby Huntsman – $3M
If her last name sounds a bit familiar, it’s because she’s the daughter of the former governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman. When you’re born into a family of politicians, you have many opportunities at your disposal. She started working behind the cameras for Good Morning America when she was just 16-years-old. As cool as an opportunity as that was, she was soon to learn that she despised the job. She loathed her time there so much that she was actually about to give up working in television. But, when she got her big break working as a host on MSNBC she realized that she wanted to stay in the field.
Several years after that, she started working for Fox News as a general assignment reporter. This assignment led her to become a co-host on Fox and Friends, a morning show on FOX. Nowadays, you can find her co-hosting ABC’s The View. She is reported to have an estimated net worth of $20 million and make $3 million per year.
Robin Meade – $4.5M
Robin Meade is another female anchor with her own segment, the Morning Express with Robin Meade. It seems like a lot of news anchors are former beauty pageants and considering that they are hired to work in front of a screen for a living, it does make sense (although we don’t agree with this standard). Meade was the former Miss Ohio in 1992 and a Miss America semi-finalist. She started off her career as a broadcaster with local stations in Ohio.
In 2011, she joined HLN as an anchor, starting the job on September 11. Not the best day to be at a new job... For her work on the Morning Express with Robin Meade, she won an Emmy award. In her spare time, the news anchor is a country singer. In 2011 and 2013, she released two separate albums. She is said to have a net worth of $35 million and a salary of $4 million.
Andrea Mitchell – $5M
Andrew Mitchell has had a long broadcasting career of 50 years. She started as a news director in 1967 at WXPN, a local student radio station. After she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, her first grownup job out of college was as a reporter at KYW radio. Now, she is NBC’s News Chief of Foreign Affairs, Correspondent. Also on her resume are gigs in programs like the NBC Nightly News With Lester, Today, Holt, and MSNBC.
Oh, and we couldn’t forget to mention that she anchors her own program Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC. Plus, Rachel Maddow likes to frequently have her as a guest. And if Rachel Maddow wants her as a guest, then you can safely assume she’s a big deal.
Maria Bartiromo – $6M
Maria Bartiromo is a TV journalist, author, and magazine columnist. Your basic triple threat. Currently, she is the host of Mornings with Maria and Wall Street Week with Maria Bartiromo. She is also the Global Markets editor for Fox Business Network.
Before joining CNBC television, she worked on the CNN network. An impressive fact about her- she was the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Yes, a woman. Thanks to her contributions to the Cable network, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. Her hard work has amassed her a net worth of $22 million and a salary of $6 million.
Hoda Kotb – $7M
Now the list is started to get really good. Honda started her career on NBC in 1998 as a Dateline NBC correspondent. In 2008, she became a host of the fourth hour of the Today Show, alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Her major break came In 2017 when she was selected to be the third co-anchor of NBC’s Today morning show. In January 2018, Matt Lauer was unexpectedly given the boot, and Hoda was given his spot.
This created the first ever all-female co-hosting team in the history of the show. How cool is that? Thanks to the promotion, she is making a salary of $7 million, and we must say, well deserved! Her net worth is estimated to be $12 million.
Natalie Morales – $8.5M
Natalie Morales works as the co-anchor of NBC News Today Show. She has been on several other programs like NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. Besides the Today Show, she works as a weekend anchor and reporter at the WVIT-TV in Hartford. She rose to popularity after reporting events like Hurricane Floyd, the Columbine shootings, and the 2000 Presidential election. Her growing popularity helped her land a role as an anchor from 2002 to 2006.
The Catalina Magazine granted her the “Groundbreaking Latina in Media” award. She also received the honor of being named as one of the “Fifty Most Beautiful People” in 2007.
Ann Curry – $10M
Anybody who watches cable news knows this next anchor. Ann Curry is a photojournalist, news journalist, and all-around TV personality. She has been on television for over 30 years and likes to focus on stories concerning natural disasters, wars, and human suffering. She has flown all over the world to cover different events like Palestine, Syria, and Central America.
She has been at the cusp of many major stories like the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She has also secured exclusive interviews, like the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. From 2005 to 2011, she was the anchor of Dateline NBC. Since 2012, she has been working as the host of the Today show
Chelsea Handler – $10M
You might be wondering what Chelsea Handler is doing on this list. Although she isn’t a reporter or journalist, she does deliver the news. Just, in her own comedic and vulgar way. She started her career on the E! Network, where she hosted the outrageous and hilarious late-night talk show Chelsea Lately show from 2007-2014. In 2012, she received the title from the New York Post as the most overpaid T.V star. After her show was taken off the air, Netflix released a short series with Handler. Unfortunately, the show got mixed reviews. She also hosted her own talk show on TBS.
Handler has written five books that have all made the New York Times Best Seller List. If you haven’t read them, you’ve got to check them out. They will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Handler reportedly makes $10 million a year and has a net worth of $40 million.
Courtney Friel – $12M
Courtney Friel is a journalist and news anchor for KTLA-TV. Prior to this role, she delivered entertainment news for both KTTV and Fox 11 in LA. She has also worked for the Fox News Channel and other local stations. Her career didn’t start in the news, but as a sports anchor on GoTV. She was also the host of the World Poker Tour.
She’s another star that has come from a modeling background and posed for magazines like FHM and Maxim. Her net worth is estimated to be around $12 million.
Mika Brzezinski – $12M
Mika Brzezinski has quite an impressive resume. She is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, a diplomat and political scientist who served as an adviser to Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson. She can currently be found as a co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough. Formerly, she was a former news correspondent for CBS.
She covered the 9/11 terror attacks at ground zero. Before landing the co-hosting gig on MSNBC, she occasionally joined the network as an anchor. Besides her time on television, she has authored three books.
Christiane Amanpour – $12.5M
British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour works at the Chief International Correspondent for CNN. She is also the host of her nightly interview show called Amanpour. On top of this, she is the Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News. Amanpour is strongly dedicated to her work and the awards she has received shows it. She has been honored with more than 30 awards over the years.
Forbes magazine has included her as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” From 1998-2005, she worked as a special contributor for CNN’s 60 Minutes. Her work on the show granted her with the Peabody Award in 1998.
Megyn Kelly – $15M
Megyn Kelly is a journalist and political commentator. In the early days of her career, she worked as a corporate defense attorney. She started her broadcasting career as a political commentator on Fox News, where she worked from 2004-2017. In 2017, she switched over to NBC News where she worked until 2019 on her show, Sunday Nights With Megyn Kelly.
She has hosted several programs like The Kelly File, America Live, and she hosted Fox News’ New Year’s Eve specials. In 2014, Time named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2014. She has a net worth of $30 million.
Melissa Theuriau – $18M
French-born Melissa Theuriau got her career started as a reporter at Match TV in 2002. Since 2003, she has been working as a reporter and anchor for the French news channel, La Chaine. In 2006, the French journalist became the editor-in-chief of Zone Interdite on M6, another French news channel. Besides her work as a journalist, Theuriau is a philanthropist. She started an organization called “La Rose” which works with UNICEF to give education to disadvantaged girls.
She collaborated in the founding of the organization with other journalists like Marie Drucker, Claire Chazal, Laurence Ferrari, Tina Kieffer, and Beatrice Schonberg.
Rachel Maddow – $20M
We are sure that you knew this name was coming. Rachel Maddow is one of the most popular news anchors at the moment and she has accomplished many firsts over the course of her career, one of which is being the first openly gay anchor to host a major primetime program; The Rachel Maddow Show, have you heard of it? She started her career in radio by chance after she was looking for a way to pay the bills, like any college graduate. Her success on the radio led her to pursue a career on television in 2005. MSNBC took her on as a panelist on the show Tucker. Nowadays, she works on several shows.
She is a contributor to the program Countdown with Keith Olbermann. It was Keith Olbermann who helped Maddow get on her show years ago in August 2008. Maddow has a dedicated fan base of millions, both online and offline.
Kelly Ripa – $22M
Kelly Ripa has been around the news block for a long time, and yet, it seems like she looks younger and younger by the day. She began her career in 1998 on the popular soap, All My Children where she played Hayley Vaughan. In 2000, she got her breakthrough role alongside Regis Philbin co-hosting Live With Regis and Kelly. When Regis left the show, Kelly took over the show as the lead host.
Ryan Seacrest started hosting with her in 2017. Ripa makes a salary of $22 million and has a net worth of $100 million. She has been married to her former co-star on All My Children, Mark Consuelos, since 1996.
Robin Roberts – $25M
Before Robin started on ABC, she was a sports reporter on ESPN for 15 years from 1990 to 2005. Thanks to her contributions to women’s basketball, she was inducted into the women’s basketball hall of fame. After leaving ESPN, Robin was hired by ABC to work as an anchor of Good Morning America. She has been in this position since 2005.
One of the highlights of Robin’s career was interviewing Barack Obama after he won the 2008 presidential elections. In 2012, Robin was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Her treatment has been televised and garnered a Peabody Award for the coverage.
Greta Van Susteren – $35M
Greta Van Susteren is another lawyer turned news anchor. In her long career, she worked as a TV anchor and commentator for several networks including Fox News, CNN, and NBC News. During the O.J Simpson trials, she regularly appeared on CNN as a legal analyst. She also worked on CNN as a legal analyst from 1994 to 2002 and co-hosted with Roger Cossack on the program Burden of Proof. Beginning in 2002, she hosted “On The Record With Greta Van Susteren.”
She left the network 14 years later, in 2016. She then moved to MSNBC to host the program “For The Record With Greta” for six months. In 2015, Forbes listed her as the 94th most powerful woman in the world.
Meredith Vieira – $40M
Things are starting to heat up on this list. The journalist, game show, and talk show host, Meredith Louise Vieira was one of the first co-hosts of the talk show The View on ABC. Vieira began her career long before she started hosting The View. In 1975, she started working as a news broadcaster for WORC radio in Massachusetts. She eventually made her way to CBS where she gained recognition for her work from 1982 to 1984.
She worked as a correspondent for major shows like West 57th and 60 minutes. She also worked as a co-anchor of CBS Morning News for a year. She eventually moved to ABC and was involved with a few shows before getting hired to co-host The View. She was on the show from 1997-2006. She left the honorable role to co-host Today from 2006 to 2011. She was also the original host of the show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” In 2014, she released her new program, The Meredith Vieira Show, which she hosted until its cancelation in 2016.
Katie Couric – $55M
When you think of a female broadcaster, Katie Couric’s name likely pops into your head. She currently works as Yahoo’s Global news anchor. Her impressive resume includes 17 years at NBC News, 5 years at CBS, and 3 years at ABC News. At NBC, she was a co-host of the Today show and at CBS she was an anchor on CBS Evening News. Nowadays, she is a correspondent on 60 Minutes.
And what better thing to do with all your experience than to turn it into a book and inspire others? Couric is the author of several books. Her first book called The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives was a New York Times bestseller. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2004 for her contributions to broadcasting. She amassed $75 million from her years of work.
Diane Sawyer – $80M
In the number two spot, we have the woman who is widely considered to be one of the most successful female news anchors of all time. Diane Sawyer has been working as a broadcaster for more than 50 years. She is most recognized for her program, ABC World News. Her past resume includes co-anchoring ABC’s Primetime and Good Morning America. Besides her influential work on television, she worked as a member of Richard Nixon’s staff when he served as president.
In 1984, Sawyer was appointed as the first female correspondent for CNN’s 60 Minutes. She worked on the show for five years, during which the show consistently experienced high ratings. She has a net worth of $80 million.
Barbara Walters – $150M
Barbara Walters was one of the most famous anchors and probably the most famous female broadcaster of all time. She hosted TV programs since the early 1960s. She is most recognized for hosting the ABC Evening News, 20/20, The View, and Today. Her first big job was as a writer and segment producer for The Today Show. Walters was very likable, and she eventually got more time on the air and became a broadcaster.
She was most known for high-profile interviews. Her interview with Monica Lewinsky in 1999 attracted 74 million viewers, the highest ever for a news program. In late 2022 she peacefully passed away, leaving behind her a net worth of $170 million.
Britt McHenry – $600,000
Britt McHenry studied at the Medill School of Journalism; she then began working for WJLA-TV, ABC's Washington subsidiary. After her run at ABC7, she went on to join ESPN as a Washington, D.C.-based reporter.
Back in 2017, Britt McHenry was one of 100 people who got laid off at once, so now she works as a commentator on Fox Nation. She estimated to have a net worth of $1.6 million, with an annual income of $600, 000.
Joy Reid – $1.5 Million
While working as an American cable television host and correspondent at MSNBC, Joy Reid also authored a book on the modern history of the Democratic Party, titled "Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide."
Joy currently hosts the weekly MSNBC morning show AM Joy and wrote her second book, "The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story.". Her salary is estimated to be $1.5 million annually.
Bianna Golodryga – $3 Million
Bianna is originally from Moldova and went on to become a finance anchor at Yahoo! She initially planned to pursue a career in the financial service industry. But after a sharp drop in the market, she made the decision to shift gears and pursue journalism instead. Bianna began her career as a producer at CNBC before becoming an on-air correspondent.
She has been called one of the top journalists under 30 and was offered a job as a correspondent for ABC in 2004. Between 2010 and 2014, she co-anchored for Good Morning America after Kate Snow's departure in 2014.
Nancy Grace- $3 Million
Nancy Grace hosted her own self-titled show for ten years! As also worked as a legal commentator and television journalist on Court TV's "Closing Arguments" from 1996 up until 2007.
She gained a unique perspective on issues like victim's rights while serving as a prosecutor in the Georgia District Attorney's office. Her salary reportedly comes very close to $3 million per year.
Kathie Lee Gifford – $60 million
Kathie Lee Gifford recently announced that she would be leaving the Today Show, one year after the Matt Lauer scandal. She was there for almost 12 years.
Now she plans to focus on other creative endeavors that are more to her personal liking after she left the show in April 2019.
Jackie Guerrido - $10 million
The Puerto Rican meteorologist Jackie Guerrido caused viewership to soar when she started hosting on Univision's "Primer Impacto" news program. She's doing well for herself, making a sizable annual salary of $900,000.
She got her start on the radio in Miami, before moving over to meteorology at Despierta America and ultimately moving up to her current position.
Catt Sadler - $3 million
Back in 2017, Catt Sadler gave one of the most revealing exposés as an E! News anchor in entertainment news - her annual salary. She worked for twelve years with the network before she signed off the air once she found out that she was only making half of what her co-host was making.
In Sadler's words, she was making $600,000 a year, while her co-host, Jason Kennedy, was making almost double. There's no bad blood between the two, but we understand why she left, especially was they were similarly positioned within the network.
Samantha Steele Ponder - $4.9 million
Samantha Steele Ponder took Erin Andrews' old anchor job on Sunday NFL Countdown, where she presently calls games from the sidelines. She rapidly rose in the sportscaster ranks, and she gets a surprising salary for someone so young, making a sweet $4.9 million.
Steel Ponder married Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder back in 2012, and she's pregnant with their third son.
Harris Faulkner - $6 million
Before Harris Faulkner was breaking barriers as the only African American woman to host a daily news show, she got her start as a news delivery - writing for the LA Weekly. Faulkner is currently hosting as a news anchor on the Fox Report. Harris is scoring a yearly salary of $400,000.
She takes her role as an African-American news anchor very seriously, admitting that she feels a tremendous amount of responsibility.
Susan Li - $3 million
Even before landing her job as a journalist on the Fox Business Network, Susan Li came a long way. She was born in China and grew up in Toronto; Li has been a business news reporter all over the world with CBC, CNBC Asia, and CNBC Europe. Li left CNBC in August 2017, where it's estimated that she was making $650,995 a year.
As an international anchor, she brings a lot to the table; not only is she fluent in the stock market jargon, but she can also speak Mandarin and Cantonese fluently.
Rachel Nichols - $10 million
Rachel Nichols is as much a sports journalist she is a news anchor, Rachel has made a name for herself as one of the best in her field, which is why she has amassed a net worth of $10 million!
The reason for her on-screen popularity is the confidence she instills in her viewers when they watch her; we can just tell that she knows what she's talking about.
Yanet Garcia - $3 million
As a Mexican weather girl, Yanet Garcia has taken the world by storm. Since she started as a news anchor, she's mesmerized audiences and has even been called "the most beautiful weather girl in the world."
Yanet has worked hard to get where she is and is reportedly worth approximately $3 million.
Trish Regan - $30 million
TV host and Finance journalist Trish Regan has worked for several of the biggest networks during her career, including CNBC, NBC, and CBS. If that wasn't enough, she also has made multiple guest appearances on several shows, such as Street Smart, the Today Show, and presently she hosts her show "Trish Regan Primetime" on the Fox Business Network.
She is worth around $30 million and is married to an investment banker, with whom she has three children.
Josina Anderson - $2.2 million
Josina began her sports news career on the radio, and from there, she went on to host for CBS as a news anchor and reporter.
After feeling a lack of progress at her job working at CBS, she left her job and worked as a personal trainer before she was hired by Fox 31. But it was in 2011 that she landed her dream job as a sports reporter for ESPN.
Liz Cho - $3 million
Liz Cho has earned a reputation for working as one of the co-anchors for Eyewitness News. She has covered several original news stories over the past few decades, including significant political events.
Before her job on Eyewitness News, Liz anchored for ABC News, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline. She graduated from Boston University, majoring in journalism and history.
Poppy Harlow - $2 million
Knowledge certainly is power for CNN's Poppy Harlow. After years of working in front of the camera, she has endured criticism from the public, but she still manages to keep up with an ever-accelerating news cycle, and she doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Born in 1982, the 37-year-old commands a reported $2 million annual salaries. And with a net worth of $6 million, the married mother of two has learned to take it all in stride.
Connie Chung - $15 million
Veteran journalist, Connie Chung, has anchored for numerous networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. She was born to a Chinese diplomat, and Chung went on to attend the University of Maryland, where she studied journalism. Chung then worked her way up at Washington's WTTG-TV, eventually becoming a reporter for the station.
Chung went on to win an Emmy as well as a Peabody award after interviewing President Richard Nixon during the rise of the Watergate scandal. Chung is worth an estimated $15 million.
Dana Bash - $6 million
Dana Bash is an American journalist, anchorwoman, and political correspondent. She is best known for being featured on CNN. She graduated from George Washington University with a degree in political communication.
Her father served as a producer for ABC News and was the senior broadcaster producer of the television series Good Morning America.
Lesley Stahl - $40 million
As one of America's most honored and experienced broadcast journalists, her career has been marked by political revelations, investigations, as well as award-winning foreign reporting, a job that won her the Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003 for overall excellence in reporting.
She began her 30th season on 60 Minutes in September 2019, having joined the broadcast as a correspondent in March 1991. Lesley is also the author of two best-selling books: "Reporting Live," about her work as a White House Correspondent, and, more recently, "Becoming Grandma."