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The Salaries of TV’s Top Reporters

Uncategorized | June 6, 2017

They are the faces we see every day—from the time we wake up until we go to bed. Sometimes, they join us during meal times through television. Each day, they deliver the news we need to know and the biggest breaking stories all over the world. We trust TV reporters to give us the latest, credible news, whether it’s good or bad. They are people we cannot live without because we simply need to know what is going on around us, from international crises to the economy to sports and entertainment.

TV reporters may look like they have it all together and at times, they may look glamorous, but behind the TV, these are people who carry their responsibilities as the medium of information, which gives them so much pressure. Their work is not at all glitters because it is, in fact, hard work. They work countless hours, do intensive research, experience criticisms, and they have to work hard to earn the trust of their audience. There is certainly more than just the screen you see because behind the scenes are great efforts of the people working behind to give you news you can rely on. This is why some TV reporters cash in a lot of amount each year, which they only deserve. Take a look at some of these reporters and the salaries they earn that may just surprise you.

Tomi Lahren – $200k

Tomi Lahren is a conservative political commentator who gained attention on her show Tomi on TheBlaze. She was known for her three-minute video segments at the end of the program, often called “final thoughts,” where she spoke quickly about her opinions on different matters. Lahren frequently lambasted liberal politics and several of her videos went viral so that she was dubbed as a “rising media star” and was also touted as “the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook.”

In March 2017, she was suspended from TheBlaze because she believed that women should have access to abortion when she made a guest appearance on The View. She now works at Great American Alliance, a pro-Donald Trump advocacy organization. Lahren is also part of Fox News as a contributor.

Anderson Cooper – $11m

Anderson Cooper had no formal education in journalism, but he had the sheer will and intelligence for the job. He interned at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) while studying political science at Yale University. In pursuit of a career in journalism, he worked as a fact checker for a small news agency. Later, he traveled to Myanmar to meet students fighting the Burmese government, of which he created a homemade news segment and eventually sold it to Channel One.

Cooper later worked his way up and rose to the position of co-anchor and eventually became one of the most distinguished anchors in television. He used to host his own daytime talk show, Anderson Live. He is currently the primary anchor of the CNN news show called Anderson Cooper 360° and a correspondent for 60 Minutes.

Katy Tur – $500k

When she was starting out, Katy Tur worked for different news outlets including KTLA, News 12 Brooklyn, HD News/Cablevision, and Fox 5 New York. She also had a stint at The Weather Channel as a storm chaser. In 2009, she landed a job at NBC’s local station in New York City, which led her to the NBC national headquarters. On the same year, she was given AP’s Best Spot News Award for her coverage of the crane collapse on the Upper East Side if Manhattan.

Tur reported for several NBC News platforms such as Today, Early Today, Meet the Press, and NBC Nightly News. She was also NBC’s reporter for the Donald Trump presidential campaign. She was the one who informed the Trump campaign about the controversial tape of Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush about women. A Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism was given to Tur in 2017.

Giada de Laurentiis – Minimum $3m

Giada de Laurentiis dreamt of becoming a pastry chef after studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but that clearly didn’t pan out. Instead, she worked as a chef in several Los Angeles restaurants including the Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago. She was working as a food stylist when Food Network contacted her after they saw her styling piece in Food & Wine magazine in 2002. She rose to prominence with her first show Everyday Italian. Since then, de Laurentiis has been a staple in the network, and she has created an empire that led to more TV series, several cookbooks, and restaurants.

Other TV series that was birthed from her first show included Behind the Bash, Giada On The Beach, Giada’s Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise, Giada in Italy, Giada Entertains, Winner Cake All, and her most recent, Giada at Home.  She also appears as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC’s Today. De Laurentiis has received awards and accolades such as the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host, and in 2012, she was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

Erin Burnett – $3m

Erin Burnett started out in the financial industry as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs. She was then offered to work at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN’s Moneyline. In the next few years, she hosted and anchored different shows including CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and Street Signs. She also appeared occasionally on The Celebrity Apprentice as an advisor to Donald Trump.

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In 2011, Burnett returned to CNN and anchored her own show called Erin Burnett OutFront. It was this program where she experienced hosting live from the borders of Afghanistan, Mali, Rwanda, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. She was once labeled by Joe Scarborough as “The International Superstar” because of the number of documentaries she has filmed outside the United States.

Ainsley Earhardt – $400k

Ainsley Earnhardt began her career in journalism before she graduated from USC when she was hired to work as a reporter for WLTX-News 19, the local CBS Station in Columbia, South Carolina. She worked as the morning and noon anchor from 2000 to 2004. In 2007, she moved to New York and was hired by Fox News Channel. She has co-hosted a few programs including America’s New’s Headquarters, Fox and Friends Weekend, and Fox’s All-American New Year’s Eve as well as being a panelist on The Live Desk.

Today, she appears on Hannity with her own segment called Ainsley Across America. Earnhardt is an author of two children’s books namely Through Your Eyes and Take My Heart, and a memoir entitled The Light Within Me.

Megyn Kelly – $15m

Megyn Kelly is a former corporate defense attorney, and one of her first few jobs was a general assignment reporter where she conducted live coverage of the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court Justices. When she joined Fox News, she hosted her own legal segment called Kelly’s Court during Weekend Live as well as appearing on a weekly segment on The O’Reilly Factor. In 2010, she hosted America Live.

From 2013 to 2017, Kelly hosted the nightly program The Kelly File which at times, overtook the network’s regular number one The O’Reilly Factor in ratings. Kelly has been listed as one of the 100 most influential people on Time. Eventually, she left Fox News in 2017 and joined NBC News and hosted the third hour of the morning show Today with her program Megyn Kelly Today. However, her contract with NBC was terminated in January 2019.

Wendy Williams – $15m

Wendy Williams hosts the popular TV talk show The Wendy Williams Show since 2008. She is known for her outspoken personality that has gotten her into several bouts with guests. Even way before her career on television, when she was a radio DJ, and host, her on-air feuds with celebrities have already made her a household name that she was made a subject of the reality TV series The Wendy Williams Experience.

Williams is also quite the businesswoman with her creations of product lines including a wig line, a jewelry collection, and a fashion line. She also has a New York Times best-selling autobiography and six other books. She was also inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. She even has a street renamed after her.

Rachel Maddow – $7m

Gradually becoming one of the most trusted reporters on TV today, Rachel Maddow worked her way to earn that trust. She is the first openly lesbian anchor to host a primetime news program in the United States. Maddow graduated with a degree in public policy at Stanford in 1994 and has a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford.

She had her first radio hosting job at WRNX in 1999 while she was first seen on TV as a regular panelist on the MSNBC show Tucker. The liberal political commentator later became an MSNBC political analyst and was a regular panelist on Race for the White House. The first time she hosted a program was when she substituted for Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Eventually, she got her own nightly show The Rachel Maddow Show. Together with Brian Williams, Maddow is also the network’s special event co-anchor.

Brian Williams – $10m

Brian Williams spent a decade of his career as an anchor on NBC Nightly News. In 1993, he joined the national Weekend Nightly News and was the chief White House correspondent. A few years later, he was the managing editor and anchor of The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC. He then replaced Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News in 2004. Right after joining the program, NBC News was awarded a Peabody Award, the George Polk Award, and the DuPont- Columbia University award for the Hurricane Katrina coverage.

In 2015, he was suspended for six months and demoted from the Nightly News because he apparently  “misrepresented” events when he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. Williams moved to MSNBC and is now the chief anchor as well as the host of their nightly program The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.

Robin Meade – $750k

Robin Meade is quite the savant with all the things she has dabbled with. She majored in radio/television production, programming and performance at Malone University and Ashland University. Her broadcasting career started after she became Miss Ohio and was a semi-finalist in the Miss America pageant. She worked through several broadcasting stations before joining HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News. She is currently the lead news anchor for Morning Express with Robin Meade. She was also the moderator on the Oprah Winfrey Network show Ask Oprah’s All Stars in 2011.

Meade has received a regional Emmy Award and adding to her achievements is her New York Times bestseller Morning Sunshine!: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too. She also released two country music albums.


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