40 Most Notorious TV Personalities: Then and Now

Janice Villagran

Janice Villagran is a Mexican-American journalist and weather presenter. She started off her broadcasting career working as a forecaster and as a guest on several game shows.

Janice Villagran

Soon she became very popular amongst her viewers as she was what everyone called “beauty with brains.” Now, she works as a reporter and an on-air host at Estrella TV network as well as I Testigo TV. She’s also a part of En Vivo USA, an entertainment show.

Jake Tapper

He is an American journalist, author, and cartoonist. He started his career by working for a bunch of democratic politicians. He was also a freelance writer for a while before he began his journalism career. From 1998 to 2000, he was a senior writer for the Washington City Paper.

Jake Tapper

In 2001, Jake Tapper hosted the talk show Take Five on CNN News. From 2003 to 2010, he worked at ABC News. After that, he left ABC for CNN in 2012 and still continues to work there as Chief Washington Correspondent.

Jennifer Lahmers

Jennifer Lahmers is an American television news reporter and news anchor. She landed her first job in journalism as a reporter at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee right after graduation. She also anchored the weekend news at that station.

Jennifer Lahmers

In 2007, she joined Fox CT in Hartford, Connecticut as a reporter. Again from 2012 until 2014, she was an on-air personality at Back9Network, a golf cable television network. She co-anchored Good Day Wake Up on Fox 5 WNYW in New York City. Finally, she joined Extra as a correspondent in 2019.

Matt Lauer

He was an American news anchor. He started off his television career as a producer of the noon newscast for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia. In 1992, Matt Lauer joined NBC where he became co-anchor of the early weekday news show — Today in New York — on the network’s New York flagship station, WNBC.

Matt Lauer

He continued to work for NBC from 1992 to 2017. In November 2017, his contract with NBC was terminated due to misconduct and allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Susan Li

Susan Li is a TV journalist. She began her career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as an associate producer and freelance reporter. In 2006, she joined Bloomberg Television as a host.

Susan Li

In 2014, she started working at CNBC Asia as a co-anchor of Asia Squawk Box and later joined some of CNBC’s sister networks, such as CNBC Europe and CNBC US. Lastly, in 2018, Susan Li joined Fox Business Network as a correspondent.

Chris Wallace

He is an American journalist and a television news anchor. He first started to work as a national reporter for The Boston Globe. He also worked for the Chicago station, WBBM-TV, which was owned by CBS at that time. He then fully started his journalism career with NBC in 1975 and worked there for 14 years.

Chris Wallace

From 1975 to 1988, Chris Wallace worked for NBC News. Then, from 1989 to 2003, he worked at ABC News. Lastly, he joined Fox News in 2003 and still continues to work there as their news anchor.

Diletta Leotta

Diletta Leotta is an Italian television presenter from Catania, Sicily. She started by presenting Serie B games on Sky Sports With Gianluca Di Marzio and Luca Marchegiani in Italy.

Diletta Leotta

After that, Leotta worked at Radio 105 Network as a host alongside Aída Yéspica for the program 105 Take Away. She then started presenting the Serie A broadcasts for DAZN since the 2018–2019 season. As of 2020, Leotta co-presented the 70th annual edition of the Sanremo Music Festival.

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper is an American journalist. He began his career by working for Channel One from 1992 to 1994. He then started to work for ABC News in 1995 as a correspondent. In 2001, he joined CNN as an anchor alongside Paula Zahn on American Morning.

Anderson Cooper

In 2003, he started his own news program — Anderson Cooper 360° — on CNN. Alongside his duties with CNN, Anderson Cooper also serves as a correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS and serves periodically as a guest co-host on Live ABC.

Yanet García

A Mexican model, social media personality, actress, and meteorologist. She used to present the weather on Mexican TV station Televisa Monterrey. Yanet Garcia also worked as a model before landing a job on television.

Yanet García

Due to her promiscuous style of dressing while she broadcasts, Playboy called her the woman “who encourages people to want to see the weather forecast.” This led to her greater fame. As of now, Yanet Garcia has reportedly quit her role on Mexican TV show Hoy to move to the US.

Sean Hannity

He is an American talk show host and conservative political commentator. He hosts a commentary program Hannity on Fox News. Along with that, he has his own radio talk show called The Sean Hannity Show.

Sean Hannity

In 1989, Sean Hannity worked as a general contractor and volunteered as a talk show host at UC Santa Barbara. He then joined WVNN in Athens, Alabama and later, he joined WGST in Atlanta. He also worked at WABC in New York until 2013. Then, in 2014, Hannity began working for WOR — a radio station.

Bri Winkler

Bri Winkler is an American meteorologist and weather anchor. She started her career as a meteorologist and co-host for the NBC-affiliated TV station in Amarillo, Texas — KMAR-TV. In 2007, she joined ABC7 as a morning meteorologist for Eyewitness News.

Bri Winkler

She also made appearances on local chat shows including Good Morning America. Since October 2019, she works as an energy and climate expert for the City of Santa Barbara. She is also an advocate of the American Heart/American Stroke Association.

Brian Williams

He is an American journalist and television anchor. Brian Williams started broadcasting in 1981 at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas. He also worked for the then-independent station WTTG in 1982, after that he worked in Philadelphia for WCAU, then owned and operated by CBS.

Brian Williams

He joined NBC News in 1993. In 1996, he began serving as the anchor and managing editor of The News With Brian Williams, broadcasted on MSNBC and CNBC. He again joined MSNBC as a chief anchor in 2015 and is still working there.

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly is an American journalist, attorney, and news anchor. She was hired by the ABC affiliate, WJLA-TV, as an assignment reporter in 2003 in Washington, DC. Megyn Kelly joined Fox News in 2004, where she hosted a legal segment called Kelly’s Court.

Megyn Kelly

Later, she hosted a two-hour afternoon show called America Live. In 2017, she joined NBC News for three different roles — a daytime talk show, a Sunday-night newsmagazine, and a correspondent for major news events. As of 2020, she has her own podcast, “The Megyn Kelly Show.”

Sam Champion

He is an American weather anchor. He is most famous for his combined 25-year career on the ABC flagship station WABC-TV and Good Morning America. He had previously co-anchored AMHQ: America’s Morning Headquarters and 23.5 Degrees With Sam Champion on The Weather Channel.

Sam Champion

After he left ABC in 2014, Champion became the managing editor of The Weather Channel. He also joined the Today show on NBC. In 2019, he returned to ABC as the weekday morning and noon weather anchor at WABC-TV.

Abby Huntsman

Abigail Haight Huntsman is an American journalist and television personality. She became a host and producer for HuffPost Live, the Huffington Post’s streaming network. She also became a frequent guest on CNN.

Abby Huntsman

She appeared as a political commentator for ABC News in Washington, D.C., and Good Morning America in New York City at that time as well. In 2015, Huntsman joined Fox News Channel as a general assignment reporter. Lastly, she joined ABC talk show The View as a co-host and worked there from 2018 to 2020.

Bob Woodward

He is an American investigative journalist. He started his career working for The Washington Post as a reporter in 1971. He mostly covered political scandals in his reporting lifetime. In 1972, Woodward along with Carl Bernstein did the original news reporting of the Watergate scandal.

Bob Woodward

His work was much appreciated and was called “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time” by journalist Gene Roberts. Bob Woodward still works for The Washington Post as an associate editor. He has written 19 books on American politics.

Christiane Amanpour

She is a British-Iranian journalist and television host. In 1983, she joined CNN on the foreign desk in Atlanta, Georgia as an entry-level desk assistant. She got her first big shot by covering the Iraq-Iran war. In March of 2010, Amanpour left CNN for ABC News, where she would start working as an anchor for This Week.

Christiane Amanpour

Later on, from December 2011, she started working for CNN again alongside ABC under a unique arrangement. In May 2018, Amanpour replaced Charlie Rose on PBS with her program, Amanpour & Company.

Bret Baier

He is a television host. He now hosts the Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel. Bret Baier is also the Chief Political Correspondent for Fox. He has also worked as the network’s Chief White House Correspondent and Pentagon Correspondent.

Bret Baier

Baier began his television career at a local station in Rockford, Illinois. After that, he joined WRAL-TV, followed by a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1998, he was hired as Fox network’s Atlanta Bureau Chief.

Robin Roberts

She is an American television broadcaster. Robin Roberts began her career as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1983. In 1986, she was the sports anchor and reporter for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee.

Robin Roberts

From 1988 to 1990, she was a sports anchor and reporter at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. In February 1990, she joined ESPN and worked there until 2005. Along with ESPN, she started working for ABC News in 2005. Currently, she is the anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America.

Louis Theroux

He is a British-American documentary filmmaker, journalist, broadcaster, and author. Louis Theroux’s first job as a journalist was with Metro Silicon Valley in the United States. He was then hired by the Spy magazine in 1992.

Louis Theroux

He also worked as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s TV Nation series. When his contract ended with TV Nation, he was signed to a development deal by the BBC where he developed Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends.

Hu Shuli

She is the founder and publisher of Caixin Media and also the professor of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University. Hu Shuli started her career by working as an assistant editor, reporter, and international editor at the Worker’s Daily.

Hu Shuli

After that, she joined China Business Times in 1992 as an international editor and became chief reporter in 1995. In 1998, she left her job to start the Caijing magazine. Lastly, she left Caijing to create Caixin Media and became chief editor in November 2009.

Scott Pelley

He is an American journalist and author. Scott Pelley began his career in 1975 as a broadcast journalist at Lubbock’s KSEL-TV. He later moved on to KXAS-TV in Fort Worth in 1978, and to WFAA-TV in Dallas in 1982. In 1989, Scott Pelley joined CBS News.

Scott Pelley

He was the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2011 to 2017. Later, he became the correspondent for the CBS News’ 60 Minutes in 2019. That same year he published his book, Truth Worth Telling.

Katie Couric

She is an American television and online journalist, presenter, producer, and author. Katie Couric is the founder of Katie Couric Media, a multimedia news and production company. She started her journalism career as an assistant at ABC News.

Katie Couric

Later, she joined NBC as a reporter. From 2013 to 2017, she was Yahoo’s Global News Anchor. She also worked for CNN as an assignment editor. During her career, Couric worked for NBC News from 1989 to 2006, CBS News from 2006 to 2011, and ABC News from 2011 to 2014.

Lester Holt

He is an American broadcast journalist and news anchor. In 1981, he first started as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City. In 1982, he became a reporter on KNXT in Los Angeles, and in 1983, he returned to WCBS-TV as a reporter and weekend anchor.

Lester Holt

In 1986, Lester Holt moved to WBBM-TV in Chicago. After that, he joined CBS News where he worked for 19 years. At last, he joined NBC News where he still works as an anchor.

Yamiche Alcindor

She is an American journalist. She began her career as a reporter at Newsday, a newspaper based in Melville, New York. In 2011, she then became a multimedia reporter for USA Today in New York. In the same year, she started working at NBC News and MSNBC as a guest.

Yamiche Alcindor

In November 2015, she left USA Today to work for The New York Times as a national political reporter. Yamiche Alcindor is currently the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a political contributor to NBC News, as well as MSNBC.

Shereen Bhan

She is an Indian journalist and news anchor. She kicked off her career working as a news-researcher for Karan Thapar in his production house, Infotainment Television. She then joined UTV’s News and Current Affairs division.

Shereen Bhan

She also produced shows for Star TV and SAB TV. In December 2000, she joined CNBC-TV18 and is currently the managing editor. Shereen Bhan is also the anchor & editor of Young Turks.

David Gregory

He is an American television journalist. David Gregory began his career as a summer reporter for KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona. He also worked for NBC’s Sacramento, California affiliate KCRA-TV. He had been the substitute co-anchor on Weekend Today from 2003 to 2014.

David Gregory

David Gregory had also anchored News Chat, Crosstalk NBC, and Newsfront on MSNBC from 1998 to 2000. He was the former moderator of NBC News’ Sunday morning talk show — Meet the Press. David Gregory has been serving as a CNN political analyst since 2016.

Fredricka Whitfield

She is an American journalist and news anchor. Fredricka Whitfield started by working at WPLG-TV in Miami and followed up at News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C. She then moved onto KTVT-TV in Dallas and WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut. From there, she landed a gig with WCIV in Charleston, South Carolina.

Fredricka Whitfield

After gaining enough experience, Whitfield then joined as a correspondent for NBC News and served as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News from 1995 to 2000. In 2002, she joined CNN as an anchor for CNN Newsroom.

Diane Sawyer

She is an American television broadcast journalist. She started her career as a weather forecaster for WLKY-TV in Louisville. She then moved to Washington, D.C. to look for government jobs. Later, she became a staff assistant for U.S. President Richard Nixon.

Diane Sawyer

In 1978, Diane Sawyer joined CBS News at first as a general-assignment reporter. In 1989, she shifted to ABC News to co-anchor Primetime news magazine. Currently, she is working for ABC News producing documentaries and interview specials.

Tucker Carlson

He is an American conservative television presenter, political commentator, author, and columnist. He began his career as a fact-checker for Policy Review. He also worked as a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tucker Carlson

Later, Tucker Carlson joined The Weekly Standard news magazine in 1995. He then worked for CNN from 2000 to 2005. After that, he worked for MSNBC from 2005 to 2008. In 2009, Carlson joined Fox News as a contributor and is still currently working there.

Mika Brzezinski

She is an American journalist, talk show host, liberal political commentator, and author. She joined MSNBC in 2007 and currently co-hosts MSNBC’s weekday morning broadcast show Morning Joe. Before this, she was a correspondent for CBS News.

Mika Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski made her start in journalism as an assistant on ABC’s World News — This Morning — in 1990. In 1991, she moved to Tribune-owned Fox affiliate WTIC-TV/WTIC-DT in Hartford, Connecticut where she worked as general assignments reported.

Joe Scarborough

He is an American cable news host. He currently works at MSNBC as a co-host of Morning Joe. He had previously hosted Scarborough Country on the same network. He started his career in 1991 by practicing law in Pensacola, Florida.

Joe Scarborough

He also practiced politics by serving in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. In May 2001, he resigned from Congress.

Rachel Maddow

She is an American television news program host and liberal political commentator. In June 2005, Rachel Maddow was often a panelist on the MSNBC show Tucker and a frequent guest on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now.

Rachel Maddow

She also worked as a correspondent for The Advocate newspaper. In October 2018, she launched the podcast, “Bag Man.” Currently, Rachel Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, and serves as the cable network’s special event co-anchor alongside Brian Williams.

Lawrence O’Donnell

He is an American television anchor, actor, and political commentator. He currently hosts The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, which airs on weeknights. From 1977 to 1988, Lawrence O’Donnell dabbled in writing and ultimately published three books.

Lawrence O’Donnell

He was in the US Congress from 1989 to 1995. Later, in 2009, he became a regular contributor on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough. He was a writer and producer for the NBC series, The West Wing.

Erin Burnett

She is an American news anchor. She is currently the anchor of her show on CNN, Erin Burnett OutFront. She began her career as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs. While working there, she was offered a job in CNN as a writer and booker for CNN’s Moneyline.

Erin Burnett

She then worked for CitiMedia as vice president of Citigroup’s digital media group. She also worked for CNBC as co-anchor of Squawk on the Street and the host of Street Signs. Aside from that, Burnett has made frequent appearances on NBC and MSNBC shows.

Shepard Smith

He, like all the others in this list, is an American broadcast journalist. He works for both NBC and CNBC. He serves as chief general news anchor and hosts The News With Shepard Smith, which was launched in fall 2020. Smith set about his career in television with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Shepard Smith

He then became a correspondent for A Current Affair. In 1996, Shepard Smith joined Fox News Channel and worked there for 23 long years. His long career at Fox is what he’s best known for.

Maria Bartiromo

She is an American television personality, anchor, host, and author. From 1988 to 1993, Maria Bartimoro worked at CNN Business as an executive producer and assignment editor. She also writes a monthly column for USA Today called “One-On-One.”

Maria Bartiromo

In 1993, she joined CNBC and started reporting live. Bartiromo was also the anchor and managing editor of the CNBC business interview show — On the Money with Maria Bartiromo. In 2013, she left CNBC for Fox News, where she still continues to work today.

George Stephanopoulos

He is an American television host, political commentator, and a former democratic advisor. George Stephanopoulos is currently the chief anchor and political correspondent on ABC News.

George Stephanopoulos

He is also a co-anchor with Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan on Good Morning America and host of This Week — ABC’s Sunday morning current events news program. Previous to his journalistic career, he was an advisor to the Democratic Party. He resigned from the party in December 1996.

Carol Kirkwood

She is a British weather presenter. Carol Kirkwood joined the BBC’s secretarial reserve in London to begin her career. In 1992, she worked on a now-defunct cable TV channel, Windsor TV — later called Wire TV. In 1993, she rejoined BBC as a freelance presenter.

Carol Kirkwood

In 1996, she joined the UK operation of The Weather Channel. In 1998, joined BBC as the main weather reporter on BBC Breakfast. In 2015, she participated in the 13th series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and finished in 10th place.

Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is an American sports and political commentator, and writer. He joined ESPN’s SportsCenter in 1992 and retained that position until 1997. He left ESPN abruptly, which instigated a still ongoing feud between him and ESPN.

Keith Olbermann

In 1999, he joined Fox as the star anchor for the weekly sports news show. From March 2003 to January 2012, Olbermann hosted a program Countdown With Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. In January 2018, he returned to ESPN’s SportsCenter program.