When television broadcast news first came onto the scene, it was typical for the anchors to be men. Some of the first and most notable anchors include Douglas Edwards and Walter Cronkite. Cronkite reported on news events from the late 1930s until 1981 and he was often referred to as “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite covered some of the most notable events in his time such as the Nuremberg Trials, The Vietnam War and Watergate.
Cronkite hosted the CBS Evening News for 19 years as CBS had a retirement policy for its employees to retire at 65. While most of the anchors in the field were men in the early days of television, many prominent female anchors did appear on the scene soon after. As the medium of television grew in popularity, women became interested in pursuing careers in the field. Nowadays, a large number of women have made their way onto news programs and we are here to give you a glimpse into their real lives.
Although there are a lot of female journalists on television today, it was not always that way. Barbara Walters was one female anchor who blazed the trail for future female news broadcasters to gain respect and recognition. Walters became well-known in the 1960s when she began hosting The Today Show with Hugh Downs. She was the first woman to hold the title as host on an American news show and her career continued to grow from there. She famously went on to create and co-host The View in addition to hosting a number of special reports and conducting heavily watched interviews. At a time when there were few females in the newsroom, Walters worked her way up through the ranks and paved the way for future female anchors.
Since the success of Walters’ career, many other female news anchors have emerged on the scene. Women such as Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric have made their impact in television broadcast journalism. News organizations nowadays are hiring women to prominent positions on television. Sports caster Erin Andrews is another example, appearing on Fox NFL and from there becomong the co-host of Dancing with the Stars.
There are now so many news outlets and programs that we cannot keep track of all of the anchors on television. More and more women are becoming interested in the field of broadcast journalism, which means there are more female anchors on TV. But have no fear! We have compiled a list of some of the most outstanding and professional female anchors on television. While you may not recognize their names, you will most likely recognize their faces from seeing them on television.