Although he was very public about his stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis, news of Alex Trebek’s passing this November still had everyone in shock. His monumental presence on TV for generations of Americans, spanning 37 seasons of Jeopardy!, has left its mark on everyone. On November 5th, three days before Alex passed away, Palm Springs project manager Burt Thakur competed on the show and won the episode. The moment after his win went viral, and for good reason.
A Tearful Moment Between Alex Trebek & a Participant
After Thakur competed in the November 5th episode of Jeopardy! and won, host Alex Trebek asked him if there were any family members back home who were cheering him on. The contestant’s answer was emotional, to say the least. “You know, here’s a true story,” Thakur said. He explained it was Alex and his show that helped him learn English as a young boy. He used to sit on his grandfather’s lap to watch Jeopardy! every day while his parents were at work. “It’s a pretty special moment for me,” Thakur said through teary eyes before thanking the host.
Burt Thakur’s Journey to the Show
After the news of Trebek’s passing was announced, Thakur took to Twitter to commemorate the host’s life and to send condolences to his family. When he immigrated to the U.S. from India at the age of eight, Burt spoke very little English. Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy! not only served as his English teacher in his younger years but later when he joined the U.S. Navy, it was also keeping him company during his naval deployments. Competing in the show was the greatest honor of his life, and meeting Trebek was like meeting and extension of his grandfather as he himself described it in an interview.
Alex Trebek will forever remain in our hearts and minds as an incredible host who always put the contestants and the game first.
The Highest Paid Female News Anchors and Their Impressive Net Worth
Women anchors have taken the power back and are now delivering 52% of news stories! The rise in on-air time also meant that these news queens starting earning astonishing salaries and net-worths…
Ainsley Earhardt – $400,000
After Ainsley found her calling, she went on to take a job as the weekday news anchor for KENS-TV Eyewitness News in San Antonio, Texas. In 2007, she landed her current job, working for the Fox News Channel in New York City. Earhardt’s reported annual income at Fox News is an estimated $400,000.
Charissa Thompson – $500,000
Charissa has been associated with some of the biggest sports networks – ESPN, GSN, Versus, and the Big Ten Network. She has served as both sportscaster and television host for all four networks. She is currently working at the Big Ten Network as a sideline reporter, covering both college basketball and football games. Her most impressive work may be as a sideline reporter for the NFL games on FOX. Her estimated salary is a whopping $500,000!
Britt McHenry – $600,000
After graduating from the Medill School of Journalism, McHenry began working for WJLA-TV, ABC’s Washington affiliate. After a run at ABC7, she joined ESPN as a Washington, D.C.-based bureau reporter. She worked as a correspondent for many shows including, Outside the Lines, NFL Live, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. In 2017, McHenry was part of a 100-person layoff and is currently a commentator on Fox Nation. Her annual income is an estimated $600,000 and has a net worth of $1.6 million.
Kelly Ripa – $22 Million
Kelly Ripa began her career in 1998 on the popular soap opera, All My Children, making a name for herself early on. In 2000, alongside Regis Philbin, Ripa became a co-host of the talk show Live with Regis and Kelly, a job she holds to this day. When Regis departed the show, Kelly took over as lead host and brought Ryan Seacrest on to co-host alongside her. One of the highest-paid talk show hosts on-air, Kelly makes an estimated $22 million yearly.
Bianna Golodryga – $3 Million
Moldavian native, Bianna Golodryga, made her way to becoming a finance anchor at Yahoo! Her initial plan was to pursue a career in the financial services industry. Still, after a sharp drop in the market, she decided to shift gears and pursue journalism. She started her career as a producer at CNBC before becoming an on-air correspondent. In 2004, she was named one of the top journalists under 30 and was offered a job as a correspondent for ABC. She worked as a weekend co-anchor for Good Morning America between 2010 and 2014 following the departure of Kate Snow.
Natalie Morales – $8.5 Million
NBC News Today Show co-anchor, Natalie Morales, has appeared in many programs like NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. Aside from her work on The Today Show, Morales also works as a weekend anchor and reporter for WVIT-TV in Hartford. She rose to fame after she started reporting intriguing events such as Hurrican Floyd, the 2000 Presidential election, and the Columbine shootings. Natalie received the award “Groundbreaking Latina in Media” from the Catalina Magazine and was named one of the “Fifty Most Beautiful People” in 2007. Her annual income is an estimated $8.5 million.
Mika Brzezinski – $12 Million
Mika Brzezinski is the daughter of the diplomat and political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as an adviser to Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson. She is currently working as a co-host for MSNBC’s Morning Joe alongside Joe Scarborough. Mika is a former news correspondent for CBS, covering incredible stories. Before she was asked to co-host MSNBC, she was given the occasional anchoring position on the network. Aside from her being an amazing talent on-screen, she is also the author of three books. Her annual salary is an estimated $2 million, and her net worth is $12 million.
Melissa Francis -$400,000
Before her career as an anchor, Melissa was once a star of the classic television show, Little House on the Prairie. She worked for CNET and CNBC before Fox News hired her in 2012. She acted as both a financial news reporter and an anchor. Melissa continues to act and has appeared in The Dictator and Race to Witch Mountian. The talented news anchor has also written four books! Her estimated income is $400,000 – $300,000 from Fox News and $100,000 from Fox Business News.
Ginger Zee – $500,000
It’s no secret that Ginger Zee always put her career first – after graduation, she had one goal for herself – to become the Chief Meteorologist on The Today Show by the time she was thirty. Surpassing her goal, she obtained the position doing so before her thirtieth birthday. She made her way onto Good Morning America, Nightline and ABC World News Tonight and is now Chief Meteorologist at ABC News. It is estimated that she makes $500,000 a year!
Paula Faris – $565,000
It took a couple of years before Paula got her first big broadcasting break as a production assistant with WKEF/WRGT. Once she secured her position on the network, she worked her way up to becoming a reporter and anchorwoman. She worked in both Chicago and Cincinnati before signing on to ABC. During her time at ABC, she worked for World News Now and America This Morning. Faris is now a co-host on ABC’s The View, and it is estimated that she makes $565,000 a year.
Martha MacCallum – $700,000
Martha joined the conservative network Fox News in 2004 and has been there ever since, serving as a reporter, correspondent, and anchor. You may recognize her from her work as a news anchor on The Live Desk, America’s News Room, The Kelly File, and The O’Reilly Factor. She is known for her coverage of the last four presidential campaigns and Pope Francis’s visit to the United States. She loves the fact that she has been interviewing public figures throughout the years. Martha is estimated to make $700,000 annually.
Deborah Norville – $1 Million
Deborah was considered the “it” girl on television, she was everywhere! Over the years, it seems like she was fading, but that is far from the truth. She has an anchor position with the CBS news magazine, Inside Edition, a job she has held since the mid-’90s. She has a membership with the Viacom Corporation and has her own yarn business, The Deborah Norville Collection, which she markets to both yarn knitting and crocheting lovers. Norville makes an estimated one million dollars annually.
Jane Pauley – $1.2 Million
Being one of the most well-known and experienced broadcasters in the United States, Jane Pauley has been reporting since 1972. She had two long roles at NBC, anchoring NBC’s Today for thirteen years, as well as serving as a co-host on Dateline NBC for twelve years. Today, she can be seen anchoring CBS Sunday Morning and is known for publicizing her struggle with being bi-polar. Jane is estimated to make $1.2 million every year.
Brooke Baldwin – $1.3 Million
Staring her career by working at the WVIR-TV in Virginia in 2001, Baldwin later became a morning anchor at WOWK-TV. Brooke joined WTTF in Washington before working for CNN Atlanta. She has been working at CNN since 2008, hosting the CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin. Aside from her work as an anchor, she also hosts many events, including the New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Baldwin’s annual income is reported to be a whopping $1.3 million.
Katy Tur – $1.3 Million
Working for New York-based stations such as News 12 Brooklyn and Fox 5 New York early in her career, Katy was destined to succeed. She worked as a Storm Chaser for The Weather Channel, and in 2009, she became one of NBC’s broadcast journalists and news correspondent. In 2017, Katy released her first book, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat To The Craziest Campaign In American History, Tur shared her personal view of her coverage of the 2016 elections. She earns an estimated $1.3 million.
Amy Robach – $1.4 Million
A pageant girl, Amy Robach, was 4th runner-up during the Miss Georgia pageant in 1994 before she went started working with WTTG in Washington. She then signed with NBC News in 2003. While working at NBC, Robach anchored for two hours every morning for Good Morning America before becoming co-anchor on NBC’s weekend show, Today. Since May 2018, Amy has been the co-anchor of 20/20 alongside David Muir. Her annual income stands at an astonishing $1.4 million.
Joy Reid – $1.5 Million
Joy Reid is an American cable television host and correspondent at MSNBC. In 2016, she wrote a book on the recent history of the Democratic Party, called Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. She currently serves as a host of the weekly MSNBC morning show AM Joy, and in 2019 published her second book about the 2016 presidential elections. Her estimated salary is $1.5 million annually.
Savannah Guthrie – $2 Million
Australian-born journalist Savannah Guthrie started her career as an attorney. In 2007, she joined NBC News and became a correspondent and legal analyst on the show. She is known for covering high-profile trials across the country and became a White House correspondent between 2008 and 2011. She became a co-anchor on The Today Show alongside Natalie Morales, Al Roker, and Matt Lauer. Her annual salary is set at $2 million.
Courtney Friel – $12 Million
American journalist, Courtney Friel, currently works as a news anchor for KLTA-TV in California. Her expertise is covering entertainment news for KTTV and Fox 11 in Los Angeles. She started her career at GoTV as a sports anchor, as well as hosting the World Poker Tour. Throughout her career, she has worked for the Fox News Channel and other local news stations. She has appeared on E! Entertainment and has posed for magazines such as Maxim and FHM. Her net worth is estimated at around $12 million.
Katherine Timpf – $510,000
Timpf is a columnist, television personality, comedian, and reporter. Throughout the years, she has appeared on Fox News Channel’s The Greg Gutfeld Show, among other shows on the network. In addition to her contributions to Fox News, Timpf wrote columns and satire pieces at National Review Online. In 2017, Timpf co-hosted Fox News Specialists, and as of June 2019, she hosts the Fox Nation show, Sincerely, Kat. Timpf makes an annual salary of $510,000 as of April 2020.
Nancy O’Dell – $2 Million
Former beauty pageant contestant, Miss South Carolina, Nancy graduated from Clemson and started her broadcasting career in front of the cameras as a reporter in her hometown, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She served as both an anchor and reporter at news station WDPE-TV. Working her way to the top, she moved through local stations in both Charleston and Miami before making her way onto Access Hollywood, where she hosted from 1996 to 2009. These days, Nancy can be seen as a special correspondent on Entertainment Tonight. It is estimated that she makes an annual $2 million.
Elizabeth Vargas – $3 Million
Elizabeth Vargas has made a name for herself as the anchor of ABC’s 20/20. This program is the network’s newsmagazine and airs most of ABC News’ specials. Before her gig at ABC, she worked as an anchor on World News Tonight. She started her career at WBBM-TV, an affiliate of CBS located in Chicago. While working for WBBM-TV, Phyllis McGrady, the senior vice president of ABC, claimed that Vargas was one of the most flexible talents she had ever worked with. This remark launched Vargas’s career, helping her make her way to 20/20. She is currently making $3 million a year!
Erin Burnett – $3 Million
American news anchor, Erin Burnett, works on her own CNN show called Erin Burnett OutFront. She has also co-anchored CNBC’s program Squawk on the Street and Street Signs. Burnett has also appeared on other programs such as Meet the Press, Morning Joe, Today, and NBC Nightly News. What may be most interesting about her career is that she appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, serving as an advisor. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Affairs and is currently worth $3 million.
Robin Meade – $4.5 Million
Former Miss Ohio, Robin Meade, started her career in broadcasting from the local stations in Ohio. She is currently the lead news anchor for the Morning Express with Robin Meade. In 2011, she joined HLN, where she won a regional Emmy Award for her works. What differentiates Meade from her colleagues is that she is also a country musician! She released two country music albums in 2011 and 2013 and is reportedly making $4.5 million a year.
Andrea Mitchell – $750,000
If you recognize Andrea Mitchell, it is probably because she has been in the broadcasting industry for 50 years. Her career in broadcasting started in 1967 when she worked as a news director of a student radio station, WXPN. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Mitchell was hired as a reporter at KYW radio. These days, she works as NBC’s News Chief of Foreign Affairs Correspondent and anchors her program, Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC. Her annual income is $750,000, and she has a reported net worth of $5 million.
Chelsea Handler – $10 Million
Chelsea isn’t exactly a reporter or journalist like the other women on this list, but takes current news and turns it into comedy. She began her career on the E! Network, hosting a self-titled late-night talk show that ran from 2007 to 2014. After her show went off the air, she signed a four-part docu-series with Netflix that received mixed reviews. She now has her talk show on TBS, and it is estimated she makes $10 million annually.
Christiane Amanpour – $12.5 Million
British-Iranian journalist and TV host Christiane Amanpour serves as the Chief International Correspondent for CNN. She also hosts a nightly interview show called Amanpour. International affairs being her specialty, it comes as no surprise that she also serves as the Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News. She has received more than 30 awards for her work as a reporter and was also named one of Forbes magazines “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” She was also a special contributor for CNN’s 60 Minutes from 1998 to 2005. Her net worth is approximately $12.5 million.
Megyn Kelly – $15 Million
Megyn Kelly is not only a journalist but a former corporate defense attorney and political commentator. While working for Fox News, she hosted various programs, including The Kelly File and America Live. She would also host Fox News’ New Years’s Eve specials. Her popularity as a journalist landed her a spot in the Time list of 100 Most Influential people in 2014. Her annual salary is a staggering $15 million.
Melissa Theuriau – $18 Million
French journalist and anchor, Melissa Theuriau, has made her way onto becoming editor-in-chief of Zone Interdite, a weekly magazine that featured investigative reporting. Aside from her journalism, she launched the organization that works with UNICEF to help provide education to underprivileged girls. She launched the organization with fellow journalists, and in 2006, Melissa was voted as the world’s most beautiful news reporter. Her net worth is an estimated $18 million.
Rachel Maddow – $20 Million
Political commentator and news anchor Rachel Maddow is the first openly gay anchor to host a major primetime program. She began her career in radio before deciding to move to television in 2005. She is a big part of the program Countdown with Keith Olbermann – the same man who helped her get her show in 2008. She is popular among viewers and has a large number of followers both on her show, The Rachel Maddow Show, and in real life. Maddow makes an annual $7 million and is worth a total of $20 million.
Robin Roberts – $25 Million
Good Morning America host Robin Roberts has held her position as an anchor since 2005. Before working for the show, she was a sports reporter on ESPN from 1990 to 2004. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her contributions to basketball through her broadcasting. Roberts also had the honor of being the first reporter to interview Barack Obama after winning the 2008 presidential elections. Being one of the most talented news reporters, Roberts’s income is $18 million a year.
Greta Van Susteren – $35 Million
Greta Van Susteren is an anchor and commentator for various networks, including Fox News, CNN, and NBC News. While co-hosting the program Burden of Proof, she also worked as a legal analyst on CNN from 1994 to 2002. She was a host for Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren for 15 years before she moved to MSNBC, where she hosted For the Record with Greta for six months. In 2015, Forbes listed her as one of the most powerful women in the world.
Meredith Vieira – $40 Million
Well-known for serving as the original moderator of the show The View, Meredith Vieira is a journalist as well as a game show and talk show host. She co-hosted the NBC News morning program from 2006 to 2011. Aside from her work as a talk show host, she works as a host of the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. In 2014, she debuted her program, The Meredith Vieira Show. Her yearly salary is $11 million, and her net worth is $40 million!
Katie Couric – $55 Million
Katie Couric is one of the most influential names and faces in the broadcasting world, currently working as Yahoo’s global news anchor. She has worked for NBC News for 17 years, CBS for five years, and ABC News for three years and is also a correspondent for 60 Minutes. Aside from her work on television, Couric is also an author, and her first book became a New York Times bestseller. Her dedicated work in the world of broadcasting led her induction to the Television Hall of Fame in 2004. Her net worth is $55 million, making an annual $15 million.
Diane Sawyer – $80 Million
One of the most influential and successful female news anchors is a name you’ve surely heard before – Diane Sawyer. She has been working in the industry for more than 50 years, starting her career in 1962. In 1984, she became the first female correspondent for CNN’s 60 Minutes. She may be best known for her program ABC World News as well as being a co-anchor for ABC’s Primetime and Good Morning America. Aside from her success as a journalist, she worked as a member of the White House Staff as a writer of President Nixon’s speeches.
Barbara Walters – $150 Million
Barbara Walters is one of the most famous TV personality, broadcast journalist and author in the United States. One of her first major jobs was as a writer and segment producer on The Today Show. She is known for hosting numerous TV programs like ABC Evening News, The View, Today, and 20/20. Thanks to her outstanding interviewing ability, she increasingly popular with viewers – gaining more and more airtime. She eventually made it to broadcasting, and although she is retired, she still reports to ABC News from time to time. Making her our number one on this list, her net worth is $150 million.
Abby Huntsman – $3 Million
Being the daughter of former Utah governor Jon Hunstman Jr., Abby was destined for greatness, and she started her career at the age of 16, working for Good Morning America. She’s said on various occasions that she hated the job so much she considered giving up working in television, forever! She got her big break and made her way onto becoming a host on MSNBC. She went onto become a co-host on the network’s morning show and Fox and Friends. She is now a co-host on ABC’s The View, and her estimated annual income is $3 million.
Maria Bartiromo – $6 Million
Alongside her career as a journalist – Bartiromo has established herself as an author and magazine columnist. She currently hosts Mornings with Maria and Wall Street Week with Maria Bartiromo. Before joining the CNBC network, Maria worked with CNN. She is the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Thanks to her long list of achievements throughout her career, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. Today, Bartiromo’s salary has made her worth $6 million!
Hoda Kotb – $7 Million
Starting her career in 1998 as a Dateline NBC correspondent, Hoda has made a name for herself over the past 20 years. Appearing alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, she began hosting the fourth hour of The Today Show in 2008. In 2017, she got her big break and was allowed to be the third co-anchor of NBC’s Today morning show. With the sudden firing of longtime anchor, Matt Lauer, in 2018, Hoda helped make history in becoming one of the anchors in the first-ever all-female co-hosting team. Her estimated salary is $7 million!
Ann Curry – $10 Million
Ann Curry has been working in the news industry for more than 30 years, focusing her attention on news events related to natural disasters, wars, and human suffering. She is a popular television personality, photojournalist, and news journalist. She has covered many events over the years, such as the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Between the years 2005 and 2011, Curry anchored Dateline NBC. In 2012, she became the host of The Today Show, and her annual income is $10 million.
Erin Andrews – $1.6 Million
Throughout her career, Andrews has become one of the most famous sportscasters and television personalities in the business. She has made a name for herself through her versatility – she can broadcast any type of content and has proved this by working for both ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN’s College Gameday. It is estimated that Erin makes $800,000 as a journalist and sportscaster for FOX NFL. She is also a co-host on Dancing with the Stars for which she receives another $800,000 annually.
Tamron Hall – $2 Million
A correspondent for NBC News, Tamron Hall also works as a host of MSNBC’s NewsNation with Tamron Hall. She is also a co-anchor of Today’s Take and a substitute anchor for the Orange Room. Hall is also the host of Deadline: Crime aired on the Investigation Discovery channel. Although her resume is long, Tamron first received popularity after substituting Keith Olbermann on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. In September 2019, Tamron debuted a self-titled syndicated talk show. She is reported to be making $2 million yearly.