For over half a century, male anchors have always dominated the television and radio airwaves. Female anchors during the earlier days in broadcast news were virtually non-existent. But thanks to the progresses in culture, media and overall changing views about gender equality, there are now many female anchors who are delivering us our daily news. In fact, women anchors have officially taken over in terms of time on air: 52% of stories are now delivered by women anchors! Get ready to be blown away by the eye-popping salaries these 24 news goddesses demand. Click below to see the list!
By JANNICE D.
#24 – Brooke Baldwin ($1.3 million)
Currently working for CNN since 2008, Brooke Baldwin hosts the CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin aired from 2 pm to 4 pm (ET). She started her career by working at the WVIR-TV in Virginia in 2001. Later, she became a morning anchor at WOWK-TV. She joined WTTG in Washington before worked for CNN Atlanta. Aside from being an anchor, she also hosts many events including the New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Today, her net worth is at $1.3 million thus making her worthy to be on this list.
#23 – Amy Robach ($1.4 million)
At her forties, Amy Robach is working as the News Anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America. But before she became an anchor, she was the 4th runner-up during the Miss Georgia pageant in 1994. She worked first at the WTTG in Washington before she was signed up with NBC News in 2003. While working at NBC, she anchored for two hours every morning for Good Morning America before she was named as co-anchor for NBC’s weekend show Today. Her net worth is $1.4million dollars thus she deserves to be on this list.
#22 – Savannah Guthrie ($2 million)
Savannah Guthrie is an Australian-born journalist as well as an attorney. She joined NBC News back in 2007 and became the correspondent and legal analyst of the show while usually reporting high-profile trials in the country. She also became a White House correspondent between the years 2008 and 2011 before becoming a co-anchor for MCNBC’s The Daily Rundown from 2010 and 2011. She became a co-anchor on The Today’s Show alongside Natalie Morales, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker. Currently, her net worth is at $2 million.
#21 – Tamron Hall ($2 million)
Tamron Hall is a correspondent for NBC News. She also works as a host for MSNBC’s NewsNation With Tamron Hall as well as co-anchors of Today’s Take. She also works as a substitute anchor for the Orange Room. Aside from her job as an NBC correspondent, she also hosts the Deadline: Crime aired on the Investigation Discovery channel. While she has a lot of engagements, she first achieved popularity after substituting for anchor Keith Olbermann on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Today, she is worth $2 million.
#20 – Elizabeth Vargas ($3 million)
Elizabeth Vargas is the anchor of ABC’s 20/20. This program is a TV newsmagazine airing most of ABC News’ specials. But before being an anchor for the 20/20, she worked as an anchor on the program World News Tonight. Her humble beginnings started at WBBM-TV, which is an affiliate of CBS in Chicago. While working for WBBM-TV, the senior vice president of ABC Phyllis McGrady mentioned that Elizabeth Vargas was one of the most flexible talents that he has ever worked with. This catapulted her career as an anchor for 20/20. She is currently worth $3 million.
#19 – Erin Burnett ($3 million)
Erin Burnett is an American news anchor who works on her own show on CNN called Erin Burnett OutFront. She also co-anchored CNBC’s program Squawk on the Street program and Street Signs program. She also appeared on other programs such as Meet the Press, Morning Joe, Today, and NBC Nightly News. She also made appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice while serving as an advisor to Donald Trump. Moreover, she is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work on different documentaries made her the International Superstar outside the United States. She is currently worth $3 million.
#18 – Bianna Golodryga ($3 million)
Bianna Golodryga came from Moldova and became a finance anchor at Yahoo! She had always planned for a career in the financial services industry but after the sharp drop in the market, she decided to pursue journalism. Her career started as a producer at CNBC before she became an on-air correspondent. In 2004, she was named as one of the top journalists under 30 and was offered correspondent for ABC. She worked as a weekend co-anchor for the program Good Morning America between 2010 and 2014 after the departure of co-anchor Kate Snow.
#17 – Robin Meade ($4.5 million)
Robin Michelle Meade is the lead news anchor for the Morning Express with Robin Meade. Before she was an anchor, she was a former Miss Ohio titlist and began her career in broadcasting with the local stations in Ohio. She joined HLN in 2011 where she won a regional Emmy Award for her various works. But what makes Robin Meade popular aside from her broadcasting career is that she is also a country musician. She released two country music album in 2011 and 2013. Today, she is worth $4.5 million.
#16 – Andrea Mitchell ($5 million)
Andrea Mitchell has been around in the broadcasting industry for 50 years. Her career in broadcasting started in 1967 where she served as a news director of WXPN – a student radio station. She was hired as a reporter at KYW radio after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. Today, she works as NBC’s News Chief of Foreign Affairs Correspondent. She also reported in programs such as the NBC Nightly News With Lester, Today, Holt, and MSNBC. She also anchors her own program Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC. She also often appears on the Rachel Maddow Show.
#15 – Maria Bartiromo ($6 million)
Maria Bartiromo is a famous American TV journalist as well as author and magazine columnist. She currently hosts the Mornings with Maria and Wall Street Week with Maria Bartiromo. She also works as the Global Markets editor for Fox Business Network. She worked with CNN before she joined CNBC television. She is the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Because of her programs and shows, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. Today, she is worth $6 million.
#14– Natalie Morales ($8.5 million)
Natalie Morales is the co-anchor on NBC News Today Show. She appeared in many programs like NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. Aside from the Today Show, she also works as a weekend anchor and reporter at the WVIT-TV in Hartford. She became popular for reporting compelling events such as the Hurricane Floyd, Columbine shootings, and the 2000 Presidential election. She quickly moved up the ladder and became an anchor from 2002 to 2006. She received the award “Groundbreaking Latina in Media” from the Catalina Magazine. She was also named as one of the “Fifty Most Beautiful People” in 2007.
#13 – Ann Curry ($10 million)
Ann Curry is a popular TV personality, photojournalist, and news journalist. She has been working for more than 30 years and she focused on news events related to natural disasters, wars, and human suffering. This is the reason why she has been assigned in different places like Palestine, Syria, and Central Africa. She covered many events such as the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She also secured many exclusive interviews such as with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. In 2012, she became the host of the Today show. She also anchored the Dateline NBC from 2005 to 2011.
#12 – Courtney Friel ($12 million)
Courtney Friel is an American journalist who is currently working as a news anchor for KTLA-TV in California. She mostly covered entertainment news for KTTV or Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Moreover, she also worked for the Fox News Channel as well as other local station. She started her career at GoTV as a sports anchor. She also hosted World Poker Tour. Moreover, she also appeared on E! Entertainment as well as posed for sexy magazines like FHM and Maxim. Her net worth is currently $12 million.
#11 – Mika Brzezinski ($12 million)
Currently working as a co-host for MSNBC’s Morning Joe along with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski a daughter of the diplomat and political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski who served as an adviser to Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson. She was a former news correspondent for CBS. She made compelling special coverage such as World Trade Center terror attack in 2001 at the ground zero. She also joined MSNBC as an occasional anchor before she was given the role to co-host the show. Aside from being a TV personality, she is also an author of three books.
#7 – Rachel Maddow ($20 million)
Rachel Maddow is a successful news anchor and political commentator. She is the first openly gay anchor to host a major primetime program called The Rachel Maddow Show. Her humble beginnings started a career in radio before she decided to move to the television in 2005. She became a panelist for the MSNBC show Tucker. She is also a contributor to the program Countdown with Keith Olbermann. In fact, it was Keith Olbermann who helped her get on her show in August 2008. Her immense popularity is contributed to her large number of followers both online and offline.
#6 – Robin Roberts ($25million)
Robin Roberts ins an anchor of ABC’s morning show, Good Morning America. She has held that position since 2005. But before working for the ABC’s show, she was a sports reporter on ESPN from 1990 to 2005. This is the reason why she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her contributions to women’s basketball through broadcasting. She was the first reporter to interview Barack Obama after winning the 2008 presidential elections. At the height of her popularity in 2012, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome.
#5 – Greta Van Susteren ($35 million)
Greta Van Susteren is an American TV anchor and commentator for various networks like Fox News, CNN, and NBC News. She hosted the Fox News’ On The Record With Greta Van Susteren for 15 years before moving to MSNBC where she hosted the program For The Record With Greta for 6 months. She also worked as a legal analyst on CNN from 1994 to 2002 while co-hosting with Roger Cossack on the program Burden of Proof. She was listed on the 94th most powerful woman in the world done by Forbes in 2015.
#4 – Meredith Vieira ($40 million)
Meredith Louise Vieira is an American journalist, game show, and talk show host. She is well-known for serving as the original moderator of the show The View from ABC. She also co-hosted the NBC News morning program from 2006 to 2011. Aside from working as a talk show host, she also works as a game show host Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. She is also a contributor to the Rock Center With Brian Williams and Dateline NBC. In 2014, she debuted on her new program called The Meredith Vieira Show.
#3 – Katie Couric ($55 million)
Katie Couric is one of the most influential names and faces in the broadcasting world. She is currently Yahoo’s Global news anchor. She also worked for NBC News from for 17 years, CBS News for 5 years, and ABC News for 3 years. She co-hosted the Today and anchored the CBS Evening News. She is also a correspondent for the 60 Minutes. She is also an author. Her first book The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives became a New York Times bestseller. Her contributions to the world of broadcasting led her induction to the Television Hall of Fame in 2004.
#2 – Diane Sawyer ($80 million)
Diane Sawyer is an American TV journalist and is considered as one of the most successful and influential female news anchors. She has been working in the broadcasting industry for more than 50 years since she started in 1962. She is best known for her flagship program called ABC World News. Aside from this program, she also co-anchored ABC’s Primetime and Good Morning America. But aside from her success as a TV journalist, she also worked as a member of former White House Staff of President Richard Nixon as a writer of his speeches. In 1984, she became the first female correspondent for CNN’s 60 Minutes.