Female news anchors have to work just as hard or even harder than their male colleagues to gain recognition in the industry. Sometimes that means showing a slightly different persona than their own, for the sake of their audience. So when fans see them off the air, they can often be surprised.
Between 2013 and 2015, the weather segments on the Univisión morning show Despierta América were hosted by Ximena Córdoba. It was a short stint, but the liveliness and energy she brought to the show left a mark. Since then, Córdoba has gone on to appear on sports news shows like Jorge Ramos En Vivo and Fox Deportes.
If you love baseball, you’ll probably know the following sportscaster.
Keith Allison/Heidi Watney
In high school and college, Heidi Watney had a robust athletic career, including gymnastics, cheerleading, hurdles and diving. Now she has transformed her love of sports into a career, working as a reporter and host for the MLB Network, covering baseball games and hosting the show Quick Pitch.
You’ll probably be jealous of this news anchor’s prolific career.
After competing in the Miss America pageant, Robin Meade transitioned to TV. She hosted Ask Oprah’s All Stars for which she won an Emmy. In 2009 she wrote a New York Times Best Seller book, and in 2011 she released a country album. Nowadays Meade hosts her very own morning show on HLN.
You may not care about the weather, but you will when you see who’s presenting it.
Yanet García started off as a weather presenter for a local news show in Monterrey, Mexico. Her looks caught international attention, and both Playboy and TMZ named her “the most beautiful weather girl.” She is now a model with 5.4 million Instagram followers and owns a modeling school called Yanet García’s Models.
You’ll probably sympathize with this sportscaster’s painful story.
While working for a local TV network in Nashville, Sara Walsh won three regional Emmy Awards. She then worked in Washington, D.C. and Georgia before becoming a sportscaster for ESPN. In 2017, after returning from maternity leave, she found out she’d been laid off. On Instagram, Walsh later revealed she had suffered a miscarriage on air years prior.
Do you watch CNN regularly? Then you’ll know who this news anchor is.
Before becoming a news anchor, Erin Burnett worked as a financial analyst. She got an opportunity to appear on CNN’s Moneyline, then moved to NBC and CNBC to host several shows. She eventually returned to CNN, and is now the host of Erin Burnett OutFront.
If you’re a sports fan, there’s no chance you don’t know who this broadcaster is.
Jenn Brown has worked as a sports newscaster for many years. She has hosted TV shows for networks like CBS, CMT, E! and HDNet. She has been broadcasting college football and baseball games for ESPN for the past eight years, and won an Emmy in 2008 for her work. Brown is also a model, appearing on ad campaigns for Under Armour athletic apparel.
You may want to learn French to understand this following journalist.
Melissa Theuriau is a popular French news anchor who works for the TV network M6. She studied journalism, and worked as an editor and presenter for a weekly show called Zone Interdite. She then became an anchor for La Chaine Info before moving to M6. Along with fellow journalists, she founded an organization that works to provide education for young girls.
You’ll probably agree that this sportscaster is a staple of sports journalism.
Erin Andrews started her career in Florida as a reporter for Fox News. Since 2012, she has been an anchor for Fox News and a favorite of sports fans. She is also a spokesperson for a Kraft Foods’ initiative that aims to fight hunger in America. In 2016 she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, but has been able to overcome it.
You may not know it, but this entertainment journalist has a fascinating life story.
Maria Menounos is the daughter of Greek immigrants who worked as janitors in a nightclub. After studying journalism, she worked at Channel One News, Access Hollywood, Today and Extra. In 2014 she replaced Giuliana Rancic as anchor on E! News, but stepped down after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was removed in June of 2017.
You’ll be well served following this reporter’s advice on all things finance.
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Sandra Smith comes from a family of finance experts, with her father and other relatives working in the Chicago financial district. She had a successful career in business before moving to television, where she is a reporter for the Fox Business Network and co-hosts the Fox News show Outnumbered.
You may not know this reporter unless you’re an East Coaster.
Matt Stone/Jenny Dell
Jenny Dell grew up in Connecticut and went to college at UMass Armherst. She got her start in journalism covering the Red Sox for the New England Sports Network. She then worked in the features unit before moving to CBS, where she is an NFL reporter. Dell is married to former Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks.
You can’t get more successful in sports journalism than the following TV host.
Charissa Thompson has worked as a sports newscaster for Fox Sports, NBC, ESPN, GSN, the Big Ten Network, SportsNation and more. She’s covered big national competitions like the Super Bowl and NBA All-Stars, as well as international events like the Fifa World Cup in South Africa. Her latest endeavor was as host of the Netflix reality show Ultimate Beastmaster.
This next journalist probably greets you on TV every morning.
Natalie Morales started her journalism career as an anchor for a local channel in Connecticut. She then worked for MSNBC before moving to NBC to replace Ann Curry as West Coast anchor for the Today Show. She is also an avid runner, having competed in five marathons and several triathlons.
If you watch Fox News, you’re probably familiar with this news correspondent.
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Julie Banderas had several jobs as an anchor for local stations in Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York City before joining the Fox News Channel in 2005. She gained national attention after an on-air clash with a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. In 2009, she married Andrew Sansone, a member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity. Banderas is currently the host of America’s News Headquarters and Fox Report Weekend.