The Salaries Of TV’s Top 19 Reporters

1. Tomi Lahren - $200 Thousand

Tomi Lahren is a commentator who gained fame hosting Tomi on TheBlaze. Her short video segments called "final thoughts," where she expressed her opinions on various matters, went viral and The New York Times described her as a "rising media star." In March 2017, Lahren was suspended from TheBlaze, because she expressed her opinion that she believed women should have legal access to abortion.


2. Megyn Kelly – $15 Million

Megyn Kelly started her career as a corporate defense attorney. When she joined Fox News, she already had her own segment called Kelly's Court during Weekend Live. From 2013 to 2017, Kelly's nightly program The Kelly File, became so popular that on occasion it even surpassed The O'Reilly Factor (the network's regular number one) in ratings. She left Fox News in 2017 and joined NBC News hosting Megyn Kelly Today. In January 2019, her contract with NBC was terminated, and she is currently looking for new opportunities.


3. Ann Curry - $5 Million

Ann Curry has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and for most of that time she has worked for NBC. In January 2015, she decided to leave NBC and founded her own multi-platform media company. During her career, Ann Curry has always focused on human suffering from wars and natural disasters, and as a result she has earned the respect and admiration of the industry.


4. Rachel Maddow – $7Million

Rachel Maddow is the first openly lesbian anchor to host a primetime news program in the United States. She has a degree in public policy from Stanford and a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford. The first time she appeared on a TV program was when she substituted for Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Now she's got her own show called The Rachel Maddow Show.


5. Giada de Laurentiis - Minimum $3 Million

Giada de Laurentiis is a chef, writer, and television personality. Born in Italy, she studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She went on to work at a number of well-known restaurants, including the Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago. Food Network enlisted her as a food stylist in 2002 when they saw her styling piece she wrote for the Food & Wine magazine. Her very first show Everyday Italian was a big success, and she gone on to build a bit of an empire for herself.


6. Anderson Cooper - $11 Million 

Being the primary anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° and a correspondent for 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper is probably one of the most recognizable faces of any American TV journalist. He has a net worth of $100 million and that number is only likely to increase with a recent inheritance from his mother. However, you may be surprised to learn that he had no formal education in journalism and actually interned for the CIA. It is down to intelligence and sheer hard work that have brought him to where he is now.


7. Michael Strahan – $17 Million

Many people know Michael Strahan as the defensive end for the New York Giants. However, after his retirement in 2007, he began his reporting career. He is now a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday and has also hosted a number of other shows including Live! With Kelly and Michael, which won him two Daytime Emmy Awards. He has now joined GMA full time.


8. Erin Burnett - $3 Million

Before becoming a news reporter, Erin was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. CNN later offered her a job as a writer and booker for its Moneyline show. In subsequent years, she hosted and anchored a number of shows including CNBC's Squawk on the Street and Street Signs. Joe Scarborough once dubbed her as "The International Superstar" because she filmed so many documentaries abroad. Now she is anchoring her own show called Erin Burnett OutFront.


9. Ainsley Earhardt – $400 Thousand

Ainsley Earhardt had already started her career in journalism even before her graduation. She worked as the morning and noon anchor for WLTX-News 19, the local CBS Station in Columbia, South Carolina from 2000-2004. Then in 2007, she began working for the Fox News Channel and co-hosted a few programs including America's News Headquarters, Fox and Friends Weekend, and Fox's All-American New Year's Eve. Today she is hosting her own segment called Ainsley Across America on Hannity.


10. Elisabeth Hasselbeck – $1 Million

Although Elisabeth Hasselbeck retired in December 2015 to spend more time with her family, fans will always remember her shows like The View and Fox & Friends. She started out working as a designer at Puma before starting her television career by joining the second season of the American version of Survivor. Then in 2003, she replaced Lisa Ling as the fourth co-host on The View, thus began her current hosting career.


11. Jimmy Fallon – $16 Million

Jimmy made himself a household name during his six years on NBC's Saturday Night Live. He also had a film career and appeared in several movies such as Taxi, Fever Pitch, Factory Girl, Whip It, and Get Hard. Now he has returned to television and hosts his own late-night talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


12. Kelly Ripa - $16 Million

Kelly Ripa's television debut was not as a journalist or anchor but as a dancer and actress, appearing in Dancin' On Air and soap opera All My Children. However, deep down she alwys knew she wanted to be a newscaster. The opportunity came along when Regis Philbin held on-air auditions to find a replacement for Kathie Lee Gifford. Kelly seized that opportunity and became the official host of then Live! With Regis and Kelly. In 2014, the Hollywood Reporter listed her as one of the Most Powerful People in Media.


13. Hoda Kotb - $2 Million

Egyptian American news anchor Hoda Kotb started her career as a news assistant for CBS News in Cairo in 1986. But before long she began to showcase her talent in journalism and became an anchor and general assignment reporter to WQAD-TV and ABC Moline in Illinois. In 1998, NBC found her and offered her a job as the national correspondent for NBC News and contributing anchor for Dateline NBC.  She received a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010, while being the 4th-hour co-host with Kathie Lee Gifford.


14. Savannah Guthrie - $1 Million

Savannah Guthrie has a glamorous resume - She started her career working for ABC affiliate KMIZ and NBC affiliate KVOA. Then during her time at WRC-TV, she covered major news stories like the 2001 anthrax attacks and September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. In 2007, she was already the White House correspondent for NBC News, and she is now the co-host of the 9 am hour as well as the Chief Legal Editor for Today.


15. Wendy Williams – $15 Million

Wendy Williams is famous for her outspoken personality, which has been the cause of a number of fallouts with guests of her popular The Wendy Williams Show. Recently though, she hit the headlines because of a family drama. She is divorcing her husband of 22 years, Kevin Hunter.


16. Jon Stewart – $25 Million

Jon Stewart has many talents, being a television host, producer, writer, director, actor, singer, and political commentator. He is most famous for the satirical news program The Daily Show which won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards.


17. Shepard Smith – $10 Million

Shepard Smith is probably one of the longest serving reporters still around, since he began his television career in 1986. He was among the first batch of reporters that joined the Fox News Channel when it first started in 1996. His years of hard work and have paid off, and he was tied for second, along with Peter Jennings and Dan Rather, as the most trusted news anchor on both cable news and network in the 2003 TV Guide poll. Now he serves as Fox News' chief news anchor and is the managing editor of the breaking news division.


18. Nancy Grace – $3 Million

Nancy Grace started out as a prosecutor at a local district attorney's office in Atlanta. After prosecutorial misconduct charge, she decided to work her way up in journalism and did a legal commentary show alongside Johnnie Cochran. Since then she has hosted a number of shows, including Trial Heat, Closing Arguments, etc..


19. Amy Robach - $300 Thousand

Amy Robach is now the co-anchor of 20/20 and the breaking news anchor for Good Morning America. Before that, she worked as a national correspondent for NBC News, co-hosted the Saturday edition of NBC's Today. On her 37th birthday, she married the former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue, whom she met at a book party.


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