They are broadcasted into your living room every day. They tell you the latest and greatest news and we rely on them to tell us the truth, just like friends and family. With all this pressure, the job of a TV reporter is much harder than it looks. However, they remain steadfast and work hard for their money. However, the amount of money some of these TV reporters make may surprise you.
Meredith Vieira – $11m
Meredith Vieira received national attention as a correspondent for “60 minutes”. However, she became a household name as one of the original panelists on “The View”. She later became the host of the syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”, and soon made her way to co-anchoring on the “Today Show”. She also works as a special correspondent for “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC”.
Samantha Steele Ponder – $5m
Samantha Steele Ponder is a sportscaster for ESPN. She is best known for her work on “College GameDay”. (She replaced Erin Andrews in 2012.) Ponder also works as a sideline reporter for “Thursday Night College Football” and hosts the “Sunday NFL Countdown” on ESPN. Through her job, she met NFL player Christian Ponder, and they married in 2012.
Cari Champion – $1m
Cari Champion made her way to the top through tennis. While working in Florida, she developed a passion for reporting on tennis, especially Venus and Serena Williams. Her work was so good that she was hired to be a broadcaster for the new Tennis Channel, in 2009. She has since branched into other areas of focus such as entertainment reporting. However, her speciality is still in sports and she currently works as an anchor for ESPN’s “SportsCenter”.
Jon Stewart – $25m
Jon Stewart began his career as a stand-up comic in New York City. He quickly became well-known in the business and began landing small appearances on TV shows. In 1993, he was given his own talk show on MTV, which ran until 1995. However, he became a satirical legend with his show “The Daily Show”, which premiered in 1999. When he left the show in 2015, his salary was approximately $25 million per year.
Anderson Cooper – $11m
During college, Anderson Cooper actually interned at the CIA. However, he decided to pursue journalism instead of staying with the agency after receiving his degree. He made his own luck and forged a press pass to enter Myanmar and made packages on students fighting the Burmese government. He was able to sell these stories to a news agency back in the United States. Through hard work, he has been become one of the most celebrated news anchor in TV history. He is the primary anchor on Anderson Cooper 360° and is a correspondent for 60 Minutes.
Megyn Kelly – $15m
Megyn Kelly decided to take some journalism classes while she was practicing law. She began interning for a local NBC affiliate and eventually decided to move to Washington, D.C. She excelled in DC and was hired by an ABC affiliate for general reporting assignments. She has appeared as a special reporter on several shows such as “America’s Newsroom,” “The O’Reilley Factor,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Fox and Friends.” She currently hosts her own show called “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly”.
Barbara Walters – $12m
Barbara Walters has had a large variety of jobs during her time as a broadcast journalist. She hosted multiple shows such as: “Today”, “The View”, “20/20”, and the “ABC Evening News”. In 1993, she began creating “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People”, a special that ran ever December (until 2015). People would always anxiously watch waiting to see who she named #1 each year. Although she has widely remained away from the news circuit since 2016, she is still considered one of the most loved news casters ever.
Katie Couric – $15m
Kate Couric, like many others, had several reporting positions before she became co-anchor of “The Today Show”. However, she left that position, after working in it for 15 years, to become the first female anchor of the “CBS Evening News”. She left CBS News in 2011 and began hosting her own talk show in 2012. In 2014, she was hired as the Global Anchor of Yahoo! News. She recently left the position in June 2017.
Kelly Ripa – $16m
Kelly Ripa, although started as a soap opera star, has made her way to the talk show circuit. She had her big break when she landed the co-hosting spot on “Live with Regis and Kelly!”. However, since Regis Philbin left the show, she has become the main host. Today, her co-host is Ryan Seacrest. The two discuss relevant topics in the news as well as interview celebrity guests.
Chris Cuomo – $2.5m
Chris Cuomo began his journalism career by making appearances on networks such as CNBC and MSNBC to discuss political and social issues. He was soon hired as a correspondent for the Fox News Channel as a reporter on social issues. He worked his way to news anchor for “Good Morning America” in 2006. He remained there until 2009. Today, he is the co-anchor of CNN’s morning show and recently began hosting his own show, “Cuomo Prime Time”.
Tomi Lahren – $200k
Tomi Lahren is a conservative political commentator. She rose to fame hosting “Tomi” on TheBlaze. While working on “Tomi” she garnered attention for media outlets such as The New York Times and BBC News, who, respectively, called her a “rising media star” and “the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook”. Today, she works for Great America Alliance, a organization that supports Donald Trump.
George Stephanopoulos – $10m
George Stephanopoulos became a household name as the communications director for the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. After Clinton was elected, he became the White House Communications Director. He later was appointed the senior advisor for policy and strategy. He left the position in December 1996 and headed towards a career in journalism. Today, he is the co-anchor of “Good Morning America” as well as the host of ABC’s “This Week”.
Shepard Smith – $10m
Shephard Smith began his career working at several news stations across Florida. He joined Fox News at the its inception in 1996. He has remained with the network ever since. He was previously the host of the “Fox Report with Shepard Smith” and “Studio B”. Since 2013, he has been the host of “Shepard Smith Reporting” and also works as the managing editor of Fox News Channel’s Breaking News Division.
Robin Roberts – $14m
Roberts began her career working at a small station in Mississippi, as a sports anchor and reporter. She worked her way to larger markets such as Atlanta and Nashville. She was hired by ESPN as a sportscaster in 1990 and she remained with the network until 2005. In 1995, she was hired as a feature reporter for “Good Morning America”. She was eventually promoted to co-anchor of the show, where she currently still works today.
Brooke Baldwin – $1.5m
Brooke Baldwin began her broadcasting career as a reporter for a small station in Virginia. However, she was quickly promoted to a lead reporter at a station in Washington, D.C. In 2008, she joined CNN’s “The Rick List” and Rick was fired, she took his place. She currently hosts “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin”.
Scott Pelley – $5m
Scott Pelley started his journalism resume in Texas. He began at a small station in Lubbock but then was moved to Fort Worth and eventually Dallas. While working in Dallas, he began reporting on Guatemalan refugees. His reporting caught the eye of CBS news executives, and 4 years later he moved to CBS. He remained at CBS for over 30 years. From 2011-2017, Pelley anchored the “CBS Evening News”. He is a still a correspondent for CBS’s “60 minutes”.
Rachel Maddow – $7m
Rachel Maddow currently hosts the “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC and also co-anchor’s special events with Brian Williams. Along with her TV show, she also has a radio show, of the same name, on Air America Radio. She is very open about her political views and has no problem reporting presidential scandals. Therefore, it is reported she has slowly become one of the most trusted reporters currently on TV.
Diane Sawyer – $12m
Diane Swayer certainly had an interesting path to her fame of news reporting. She began her career forecasting. However, found it rather boring and eventually moved to Washington, D.C. She got a job as the administrative assistant to White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler (under President Nixon). She was once believed to be the political informant known as “Deep Throat” (however, later disproven). She was hired by CBS News as a general-assignment reporter in 1978. From there she worked her way up the ladder and anchored programs such as “ABC World News”, “Good Morning America” and “20/20”.
Bill O’Reilly – $20m
Like Shepherd Smith, Bill O’Reilly had been working with the Fox News Channel since its inception in 1996. That same year, he was given his own show The O’Reilly Factor (originally titled The O’Reilly Report). The O’Reilly Factor was the highest-rated cable news show for 16 years. However, after the discovery of scandalous past behaviors, in 2017, Fox News terminated O’Reilly’s employment.
Lara Spencer – $3m
Today, Lara Spencer is best known for co-anchoring “Good Morning America”. However, she has quite an impressive resume. Before “GMA”, she hosted “The Insider” from 2004-2011, was a contributor to CBS’s “The Early Show,” and hosted “Antique Roadshow” on PBS. Along with co-anchoring “GMA” she hosts “Flea Market Flip” on HGTV. She has also written 2 books about second-hand finds.
Amy Robach -$300k
Amy Robach began her career at WTTG in Washington, D.C. She transferred to NBC News in 2003, where she worked until 2007. She then was named co-anchor of “Weekend Today”, where she remained until May 2012. In that same month, she announced she would be moving to ABC News. She began her time on “Good Morning America” as a correspondent but was moved to anchor in March 2014.
Brian Williams – $10m
Brian Williams is best known for his 10 years as anchor on “NBC Nightly News”. However, he was suspended and eventually demoted from the show, after it was discovered he had misrepresented events during his coverage of the Iraq War in 2003. In 2015, he moved to MSNBC and is the network’s chief anchor as well as the host of the network’s nightly flagship program, “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams:.
Lester Holt – $4.5m
Holt worked for various CBS affiliates for 18 years, around the United States, before moving to MSNBC in 2000. In 2003, he became became a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today. In 2007, he was named full-time anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News. When Brian Williams was let go from his role, Lester Holt took over for him on the weekday edition of the “NBC Nightly News”. He also is the current host of NBC’s “Dateline”.
Chris Matthews – $5m
Chris Matthews began his career in print journalism for 15 years. He worked as the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner, as well as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Beginning in 1997, he began to host his own weeknight talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which today airs on MSNBC. He also hosted “The Chris Matthews Show” from 2002-2013. However, he left that show in order to concentrate on “Hardball” as well as writing books. In total, he has written 6 books.
Al Roker – $8m
Al Roker was working as a professional meteorologist before he even graduated from university. After several moves his big break came in 1983, when he became a regular substitute on “NBC News at Sunrise”. From 1990-1995, he filled in for various anchors on the “Today Show”. In 1996, after retirement of Willard Scott, Roker was promoted to full-time weekday weather position on “Today”. He still works there today.
Billy Bush – $3m
Billy Bush is part of the same Bush family that has been represented by multiple politicians, including 2 U.S. Presidents. He first began working in journalism as a corespondent for Access Hollywood. After 3 years on the show, he was promoted to primary anchor. He left Access Hollywood, in 2016, in order to be a co-host of Today. However, in October 2016, a recording was discovered of Bush and presidential candidate Trump having a lewd conversation. Bush was fired due to this recording.
Joe Buck – $5m
Joe Buck began his sportscasting career calling play-by-plays for a minor league baseball team and reporter for the Triple-A All-Star game. He eventually moved to professional baseball and was hired by Fox Sports in 1994. He became the youngest man ever to announce a regular slate of NFL games on network television. Through 2016, Buck has called 18 World Series and 17 All-Star Games, which is more than any other announcer currently on network television.
Erin Burnett – $3m
Erin Burnett was originally a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs when she offered an a position at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN’s Moneyline. Later, she was offered a position of Stacks Editor and Anchor on Bloomberg TV. In 2005, she began hosting CNBC’s Street Signs and co-anchoring Squawk on the Street. In 2011, she left CNBC to return to CNN, where she was given her own show Erin Burnett OutFront, which she currently still hosts today.
Wolf Blitzer – $5m
Wolf Blitzer began his journalism career in the early 1970s writing for Reuters, in Tel Aviv, Israel. He then began writing for the Jerusalem Post, where he worked until 1990. During his time working in Israel, he covered several hot topics such as the Egyptian-Israeli Peace treaty and Johnathan Pollard (American Jew who was charged with spying for Israel). In 1990, he was hired by CNN as a military affairs reporter. In 1992, he was promoted to CNN’s White House correspondent, a position he would hold until 1999. He was given his own show “Wolf Blitzer Reports” in 2000. Today, he also hosts “The Situation Room”.
Andrea Mitchell – $750k
While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Andrea Mitchell worked as the news director of the student radio station. After university, she was hired as reporter at KYW radio and simultaneously reported for the station’s sister TV channel. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1976 and worked for WTOP for 2 years. In 1979, she became NBC News’ energy correspondent. In 1988, she was named chief congressional correspondent, and later named Chief White House Correspondent. Since 2008, she has hosted “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC.
Leslie Stahl – $1.8m
Leslie Stahl began her career at a Boston TV station as a producer and on-air reporter. She became a correspondent of CBS News in 1974. Her prominence grew after covering the Watergate scandal and soon after she was named White House Correspondent. She hosted “Face the Nation” from September 1983-May 1991. In March 1991, she became a correspondent for “60 Minutes”, a position which she still holds today.
Jim Rome – $30m
Jim Rome was an intern at the station KTMS in Santa Barbara and was later promoted to a traffic-update reporter. After having successful broadcasts, he was able to land his own sport-talk show. In 1990, he joined XTRA as a part-timer, but he excelled in the position, and was soon given his own midday radio show “The Jim Rome Show”. In 1997, he was hired to host Fox Sports Net’s “The Last Word” and later “Rome is Burning”. In 2012, he moved to CBS Sports Network to work on a daily show called “Rome” and the weekly show “Jim Rome on Showtime”.
Sage Steele – $400k
Sage Steele knows sports. She made her debut on ESPN on March 16, 2007. Since then, she has appeared a variety of the network’s shows. She was a full-time host of “SportsCenter” and contributed to other shows such as ESPN First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, and SportsNation. Today she is the host of “SportsCenter on the Road”. She also previously hosted the Saturday and Sunday editions of “NBA Countdown” on ABC.
Tom Brokaw – $8m
Tom Brokaw is best known for his 22 years of being anchor and managing editor on the “NBC Nightly News”. His success, however, spreads beyond just the “Nightly News”. He is the only person to ever have hosted all 3 major NBC news programs: “The Today Show”, “NBC Nightly News”, and “Meet the Press”. Along with broadcasting, Brokaw is also a successful published author and has written books about American society in the 20th century.
Natalie Morales – $1m
In August 2016, Natalie Morales, moved to the West Coast and replaced Billy Bush as the host of “Access Hollywood” and “Access Hollywood Live”. The move also allowed her to become the West Coast anchor of “Today”, while still working as a correspondent for “Dateline”. Before making the move across the country, she worked in New York and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Latinas”.
Nancy Grace – $3m
Nancy Grace is best known for her outspoken, normally harsh tone, while presenting on her shows. She is best known for hosting “Nancy Grace” from 2005-2016, which was broadcasted on HLN. However, she was also the host of “Closing Arguments” on Court TV, from 1996-2007. She has appeared as a contributor on several news shows such as “Good Morning America”, “The View” and “Extra”.
David Muir – $7m
David Muir joined ABC News for the first time in 2003 as an anchor for the overnight program “World News Now”. His position continued to grow as he reported on several hot topics such as Hurricane Katrina, the Israeli war with Hezbollah, and the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. In June 2014, it was announced that Muir would replace Diane Sawyer on “ABC World News”. He made his debut on the show in September of that year. “World News Tonight with David Muir” is now the most-watched evening newscast in the U.S..
Kate Bolduan – $200k
Before hosting multiple shows, Kate Bolduan acted as a congressional correspondent as well as general assignment correspondent for CNN. However, her work was so well done, she eventually was promoted to a hosts for several shows in the network. She co-anchored, “New Day” with Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira, as well as “The Situation Room” alongside Wolf Blizter. Today, she anchors “State of American with Kate Bolduan” and ” At This Hour with Kate Bolduan”.
Tamron Hall – $1m
Tamron Hall joined MSNBC in 2007, and in 2008, she landed an exclusive interview with Barack Obama right before he announced his candidacy for President. After the interview, her career soared. She has since hosted several shows such as “NBC News”, “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall”, “Today’s Take”, “Today”, and “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall”. Aside from TV reporting, Hall is also heavily active in campaigns against domestic abuse.
Christiane Amanpour – $2m
Christiane Amanpour was born in England, raised in Tehran, and attended school in both England and the United States. She was hired by CNN in 1983, as a desk-assistant. With her international background, she excelled in reporting on foreign affairs and was quickly promoted through the ranks. She has since hosted popular news series such as “This Week”, “Amanpour.”, and “Good Morning America”.
Thomas Roberts – $1.5m
After graduating from a university in Maryland, Thomas Roberts landed reporting gigs around the country. He got his big break in 2001, when he was hired as the weekday anchor on “CNN Headline News”. He remained there until 2007, when he decided to work in entertainment journalism. He moved to Los Angeles and worked for “Entertainment Tonight” as well as “The Insider” for a short time. However, he realized news reporting was his specialty. He has since hosted shows such as “Weekend Today” and “MSNBC Live”.
Sean Hannity – $29m
Sean Hannity is a TV reporter, radio show host, and conservative political commentator. He is best known for hosting his national syndicated radio show “The Sean Hannity Show” and hosting the TV news show “Hannity”, on Fox. From 2014-2017, Hannity also hosted “Fox and Friends”. Along with news reporting, he has written several books.
Alex Wagner – $550k
Alex Wagner is a skilled journalist in both print and broadcast news. She began working as an editor-in-chief for The Fader magazine before she became a White House correspondent for Politics Daily. She was later hired by MSNBC as an analyst on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”. From 2011-2016, she hosted “Now with Alex Wagner”. She currently hosts “CBS This Morning” as well as the Saturday edition of the show.
Sam Ryan – $300k
Before being hired by the MLB network in 2011, Sam Ryan worked for several sports news broadcasters such as ABC, ESPN, and CBS Sports. Since being brought on as regular host and reporter at the MLB network, she has worked on several of their productions such as “The Rundown” and “Quick Pitch”. She also hosts an MLB show on Sirius XM.
Don Lemon – $150k
Don Lemon worked in various markets throughout the country, such as Birmingham and Philadelphia, before becoming a correspondent for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News”. He joined CNN in 2006 and has since worked on productions such as “CNN Newsroom” and “CNN Tonight”. He has also done several guest appearances on TV series such as “Empire” and “Black-ish”.
Robin Meade – $750k
Robin Meade got her start after she became a semi-finalist in the 1992 Miss America pageant. Since then her career has soared. She was hired as an anchor for HLN and her first day was September 11, 2001. In 2011, she wrote the New York Times Bestseller “”Morning Sunshine!: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too”. Since 2009, she has hosted “Morning Express with Robin Meade”.
Bryant Gumbel – $1m
Bryant Gumbel is best known for his 15 years as the host of “Today”. However, prior to “Today”, he had a stellar resume. In 1975, he was hired by NBC sports and hosted its NFL pre-game show, as well as hosted several other major sporting events. He was named anchor of “Today” in 1982. He stepped down in 1997. But, in 1995, he had begun a different venture with HBO: “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”.
Elizabeth Vargas – $750k
Elizabeth Vargas was hired by NBC News in 1993. She worked as correspondent for “Dateline NBC” and substitute anchor on “Today”. In 2003, she was named anchor of Sunday’s “World News Tonight”, and co-anchor of “20/20” in 2004. In 2005, she began filling in for Peter Jennings and eventually given the position permanently. In late 2006, she returned as co-anchor of “20/20”.
Jimmy Kimmel – $15m
Jimmy Kimmel began his broadcasting career as a radio host. He made his TV debut in 1997, as comedic counterpart to Ben Stein on “Win Ben Stein’s Money”. He quickly began gaining popularity and went on to host Comedy Central’s “The Man Show”. Since 2013, he has been the host of the late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. He has also done production work on series such as “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald”, and “The Andy Milonakis Show”.
Nancy O’Dell – $3m
Nancy O’Dell began her broadcasting career as a reporter and anchor for a new station in her hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was promoted through the ranks at TV stations in Miami and Las Vegas. It was in Vegas that she began working as an entertainment reporter for the show “A Current Affair”, until it ended in 1996. That same year she joined “Access Hollywood”. She left “Access Hollywood” in 2009, and joined “Entertainment Tonight”, in 2011.
Ginger Zee – $125k
Ginger Zee had worked in markets such as Flint, Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois before receiving her big break. While working in Chicago she was asked to be a guest meteorologist on the weekend edition of “The Today Show”. In 2012, she was brought on to “Good Morning America”, by the following year, she became the show’s chief meteorologist.
Jimmy Fallon – $16m
Jimmy Fallon joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1998. He appeared on the show for 6 years, before deciding to leave to concentrate on a film career. He appeared in movies such as “Taxi”, “Fever Pitch” and “Whip It”. In 2009, he returned to TV as the host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. In 2014, he became the 6th host of “The Tonight Show”, where he remains today.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck – $1m
Elisabeth Hasselbeck rose to prominence as a contestant, in 2001, on Survivor: The Australian Outback. She placed fourth overall. After a short stint on the Style Network, Hasselbeck was hired as a permanent panel member for “The View”, in 2003. She remained on the show for 10 years until she was offered the position of co-host, on “Fox & Friends”, replacing Gretchen Carlson. She left “Fox & Friends” in 2015, so she could spend more time with her family.
Ainsley Earhardt – $400k
After spending 2 years at a new station in San Antonio, Texas, Ainsley Earhardt was hired by the Fox News Channel in 2007. Today, she is the co-host of “Fox & Friends”, as well as has her own segment on “Hannity” called “Ainsley Across America”. Since joining Fox, she has also been a panelist on “The Live Desk”, as well as co-hosted “America’s News Headquarters”.
Gio Benitez – $750k
Gio Benitez was hired by ABC news in 2013. He has mainly acted as a correspondent for several of the network’s news programs such as: Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, and Nightline. He has been nominated for 8 Emmy awards, 2 of which he won. Along with acting as correspondent, Benitez is also the host of the the Fusion channel’s version of Nightline.
Wendy Williams – $15m
Before she was a well-known talk show host, Wendy Williams was known as the outspoken radio show host in New York City. She was known for getting into bouts with her celebrity guests and going on rants. Her talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, debuted in 2008, and was recently renewed for 2019-2020 television season. The show has been nominated for several Daytime Emmy awards.
Josh Elliott – $4m
Josh Elliott was hired by ESPN, in 2004, as a panelist for Around the Horn and Jim Rome Is Burning. He was quickly promoted and began co-anchoring ESPNews and reporting for SportsCenter. In 2011, he was hired by “Good Morning America” as an anchor as well as substitute anchor for the weekend edition of “ABC World News”. After a short time at NBC, he moved to CBS News as lead anchor for its digital news service CBSN. He announced on air that he would be leaving his position in 2017. Unbeknownst to the network executives he was leaving, he was soon fired after the announcement.
Matt Lauer – $28m
Matt Lauer has become one of the most recognizable news anchors in the U.S. He began his career as a producer on a late night news show. His big break came in 1992 when he was given the position of substitute reporter for “The Today Show”. He was well-liked by audiences and worked his way up to regular co-anchor, where he remains today. Matt Lauer has an annual salary of $28 million.
Erin Andrews – $1m
Erin Andrews started her career as a freelance reporter for Fox News Sports Florida and as a reporter for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She was noticed and hired by ESPN in 2004. She worked as a reporter covering major sports events such as the Super Bowl, World Series, and college football. She took over for Pam Oliver as an NFL sideline reporter for the Fox network, in 2014. Since 2010, she has also hosted the reality TV series “Dancing with the Stars”.
Ann Curry – $5m
Ann Curry graduated from the University of Oregon, in 1978, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After graduation, she began interning at KTVL in Medford, Oregon, and was promoted to become the first female news reporter ever at the station. She quickly moved to larger markets like Portland and eventually to Los Angeles. She received two Emmy awards during her time in L.A. Today, she works as the lead of a production and reporting unit for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” .