Since the internet is advancing every day nationwide and worldwide, many people deemed journalism as a “dead field”. People said the same thing about newspapers when the news became more popular on television networks. But who could blame them when many people are going on news websites and even social media networks, such as Facebook and Instagram, to find out about current events? But maybe those people might not be completely right. After all, many people still go on news channels, especially when election season or breaking news comes along. Plus, many people still watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting, or the Macy's Independence Day Fireworks on live television if they can't make it to New York City.
Plus, there is something special about viewing the news on television. Any person can read or recite the news. But it takes a talented journalist to evoke the news in a way that you would still take time out of your day to watch it on television. These reporters do just that, so many people tune in to see their shows on television from early in the morning to very late at night. As a result, they get paid very well for informing and entertaining people nationwide. Here is a list of the most well-paid TV reporters in America:
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Kathie Lee Gifford is a very well known talk show personality. She got her start on ABC's Good Morning America in 1983, where she met her late husband, Frank Gifford. She then joined the Morning Show with Regis Philbin in 1985 under the name Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee. Regis and Kathie were nominated for Outstanding Talk Show Host eight years in a row from 1993 to 2000. After that, Kathie joined Today with Kathie and Hoda in 2008 and stayed on the show until April 2019. She made $2 million dollars yearly while she was on Today With Kathie and Hoda. After leaving Today, Kathie pursues a career in acting, directing, and producing.
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Martha Raddatz is a reporter for ABC News. She works for a number of ABC programs, including World News Tonight With David Muir, Nightline, and This Week On George Stephanopoulos as the primary fill-in anchor. She also frequently appears on the PBS show, Washington Week and writes for the New Republic. From all of these gigs, Martha makes an estimated $2.5 million yearly. She also wrote a New York Times Bestseller novel titled The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family in 2007. This book was based on the Siege of Sadr City in Iraq. NatGeo created a miniseries after the bestselling novel ten years later.
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Nancy O'Dell is most well known for serving as the host of Entertainment Tonight from 2011 to now. She currently makes $3 million dollars yearly from this gig. Before she worked for Entertainment Tonight, Nancy served as an anchor for Access Hollywood from 1996 to 2009. Before Nancy joined the entertainment industry, she served as a beauty queen. She was crowned Miss South Carolina in 1987. Nancy was also Miss America in 1988 for the swimsuit category. She also won the first runner up for Miss South Carolina in 1990. Nancy partnered with Creative Memories in 2010 to release a collection and write a novel dedicated to scrapbooking.
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Billy Bush hosted the short-lived television show, Let's Make A Deal in 2003. He also worked as a correspondent on the Today morning show. Since then, he took various different roles. He joined Access Hollywood from 2001 and became a co-anchor in 2004. He hosted various events, such as the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Winter Olympics, the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Miss Universe pageants, Access Hollywood Live, and his radio show, Billy Bush Live. Billy starred at the co-host of the third hour of the Today show until 2016. He made an estimated $3 million dollars yearly for this job.
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Nancy Grace is known for her work as a TV journalist and a prosecutor. She starred on the Nancy Grace show from 2005 to 2016. She also took multiple gigs, including Dancing With the Stars, Raising Hope, Law and Order, Hancock, and Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry. Even though her popular show Nancy Grace ended in 2016, she is still estimated to make $3 million dollars yearly. Nancy Grace spoke about many controversial court cases, including the Casey Anthony case, Amanda Knox, the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, and Whitney Houston's death. She was even portrayed in many popular TV shows and books, including Law and Order, The Newsroom, Onion News Network, Saturday Night Live, and Gone Girl.
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Erin Burnett is most well-known for her CNN show, Erin Burnett OutFront. She makes an estimated $3 million yearly from this show. Before she started her show in 2011, she starred in Bloomberg on The Market from 2003 to 2005. She then starred in two shows, Street Signs and Squawk on the Street from 2005 to 2011. Erin also starred in the film, Edge of Tomorrow, in 2014 as a CNN news anchor. She also starred in several documentaries from 2008 to 2010, including City of Money and Mystery, India Rising: the New Empire, Dollars and Dangers: Africa, the Final Investment Frontier, and The Russian Gamble.
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Giada de Laurentiis is a television host and a chef. She is best known for hosting the Food Network's Behind the Bash, which she did since 2006. Giada earns an estimated $3 million dollars yearly from hosting Behind the Bash. She also earns income from her three restaurants. She has two restaurants on the Las Vegas strip called Giada and Pronto by Giada that opened in May 2014 and early 2018. Giada also has a restaurant in Maryland called GDL Italian by Giada that opened up in May 2018. She also makes money from her product line in Target. Her line sells stainless steel pots and pans, cooking utensils and tools, sauces, and pasta.
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Josh Elliot most recently worked for CBS News for a lead anchor for its digital news service. Before he worked for CBS, he was a co-anchor for ESPN's Sports Center during the morning in 2008. In 2011, he worked for ABC on their shows, Good Morning America and ABC World News during the weekends. He also starred in Good Afternoon America, a temporary show that aired in 2012. In 2014, Josh joined NBC as a news anchor for its sports channel. He made $4 million dollars yearly while he worked for NBC but could not make other appearances due to his non-compete. He left NBC in December 2015.
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Lester Holt is mainly known for anchoring NBC Nightly News during the week and Dateline NBC. He became the first African American to anchor a weekday nightly newscast in 2015 when he became the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News. He makes about $4.5 million dollars yearly for his work at NBC. Before he worked for NBC, he worked for CBS News for 19 years from 1981 to 2000. He served as a reporter, anchor, and a correspondent. He also hosted a special on the History Channel, worked for NBC Sports to report about the 2008 Summer Olympics, and hosts Dateline on ID on the Investigation Discovery Network.
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Scott Pelley served as an anchor for CBS News for over 30 years. Currently, he serves as a correspondent for the CBS show, 60 Minutes. Previously, he serves as the anchor and editor for CBS Evening News from 2011 to 2017. When Scott Pelley anchored CBS Evening News, its ratings were the highest they ever were since over a decade ago. He also served as the chief White House correspondent for CBS News from 1997 to 1999. Scott made an estimated $5 million yearly from his work at CBS News. He also wrote a book in 2019 titled Truth Worth Telling.
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Chris Matthews is most well-known for his MSNBC nightly show, Hardball With Chris Matthews that he started hosting in 2013. He makes an estimated $5 million a year from the television show. Before Hardball, he had another self-titled show called The Chris Matthews Show that aired from 2002 to 2013 that was also on NBC. He also wrote eight best-selling novels between 1988 and 2017. One of his novels, Elusive Hero, spent 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and received praise from critics. He also received 34 honorary degrees from various colleges between 2003 and 2015.
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Joe Buck is a sportscaster who is most well-known for his work with Fox Sports. In 1994, he became the youngest man to announce a regular slate of the National Football League at the age of 25. He makes an estimated $5 million dollars yearly for his work with Fox Sports. He was hired to offer play-by-play for Major League Baseball two years later. Since then, he served as the play-by-play announcer for the World Series since 1996, except for in 1997 and 1999. He also won many Sports Emmy Awards and won the National Sportscaster of the Year award three times.
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Samantha Steele Ponder is best known as the host of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. She earns an estimated $5 million dollars a year from her work with ESPN. Prior to hosting Sunday NFL Countdown, she hosted College GameDay on Saturdays. She also reported for Thursday Night College Football from 2012 to 2014. Samantha also hosts for ESPN as a basketball sideline reporter. She also appeared on ESPN's regional network, Longhorn Network, which serves people who live in Texas. Before she worked for ESPN, she worked for Fox Sports Net and Fox College Sports as a sideline reporter for football and basketball games.
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Ann Curry has been a reporter for over 30 years. She is most known for her work on war zones and natural disasters. Ann reported wars in countries such as Syria, Darfur, Congo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She also focused on natural disasters such as the southeast Asian tsunamis and the earthquake in Haiti. Ann became the national and international correspondent for NBC News for the Today Show in 2012. She also anchored Dateline NBC from 2005 to 2011. Ann was estimated to make $5 million for her work at NBC. She left NBC News after almost 25 years in 2015. Currently, she has her own media start-up on multiple platforms. She still conducts major news interviews on television, about topics such as the Iranian nuclear talks.
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Maria Bartiromo is most well-known for her TV shows, Mornings With Maria and Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street on the Fox Business Network. She also serves as the global editor for Fox Business News. Maria hosts Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo on Fox News. She also hosts segments of Fox Business Global Power Players. She earns an estimated $6 million yearly for her work with the Fox Business Network. Prior to working for Fox, she worked at CNN for five years. Afterward, she worked for CNBC for 20 years. At CNBC she served as the anchor for Closing Bell and the host for On The Money With Maria Bartiromo.
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Dan Rather is most well-known as a TV anchor for CBS News. He served as the news anchor for CBS Evening News for 24 years. Dan Rather was one of the “Big Three” nightly news anchors from the 1980s to the early 2000s. He also contributed to CBS News' magazine, 60 Minutes during his tenure on CBS. His estimated salary on CBS News was $6 million dollars a year. After leaving CBS, he hosted Dan Rather Reports on AXS TV from 2006 to 2013. Currently, he hosts an online newscast on the Young Turk's YouTube channel titled The News With Dan Rather.
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David Muir is currently a news anchor for ABC News. He anchored ABC World News Tonight since 2014. David co-anchored ABC News's 20/20 since 2013. He makes an estimated $7 million dollars from his work on ABC News. In April 2015, World News Tonight with David Muir was the most-watched evening newscast in America. David first joined ABC as an anchor of World News Now, an overnight program in 2003. Afterward, he moved up to World News This Morning and then World News Saturday in 2007. Afterward, he co-anchored Primetime and anchored World News With David Muir in 2012.
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Rachel Maddow is an MSNBC news anchor who is known for The Rachel Maddow Show. On the show, she co-anchors with a colleague, Brian Williams. In 2008, she became the first openly lesbian anchor to host a prime time news program. She makes about $7 million dollars from anchoring The Rachel Maddow Show. She won three Emmys for The Rachel Maddow Show between 2011 and 2017. Prior to The Rachel Maddow Show, she was a regular panel for shows on MSNBC, including Tucker and Race for the White House. She substituted hosted Countdown With Keith Olbermann twice. The second time, she made the show the highest rated news program for people ages 25 to 54.
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Al Roker is the weather anchor for NBC's Today. He also serves as the co-host of the third hour of Today. He makes an estimated $8 million dollars for his work for NBC. Al Roker celebrated 40 years as a weather anchor for NBC in 2018. Prior to working for NBC, he served as a weather anchor for CBS from 1974 to 1976 and WTTG from 1976 to 1978. He also hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade since 1995. He also hosted several game shows on NBC such as Remember This?, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Celebrity Family Feud.
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Tom Brokaw is a news anchor for NBC. He hosted NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is also the only news anchor to host all three of the major NBC News programs. Tom hosted the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press for a short period of time. He was one of the “Big Three” news anchors along with Peter Jennings and Dan Rather. Right now, he is a Special Correspondent for NBC News. He also works on documentaries for other news outlets. He started hosting The Boys In the Hall, a baseball documentary for Fox Sports Net, in 2011.
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Martha MacCallum is a news anchor for Fox News. She is mostly known as the host of The Story With Martha MacCallum since 2017. Martha makes $8 million dollars yearly from hosting the TV show on Fox. She has a primarily political focus and she interviewed political figures on her show such as Barack Obama, John McCain, Chris Christie, and Laura Bush. Prior to hosting The Story, Martha covered the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections. She also hosted The Life Desk from 2006 to 2010 and America's Newsroom from 2010 to 2017. Martha won the Gracie Award for Women in Journalism twice as well as the Soldier Socks Commitment To Serve Award.
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Wolf Blitzer is best known as the host of CNN's show, The Situation Room. He has hosted the show since 2005. Wolf is estimated to make $5 million yearly from the show. He has been working for CNN since 1990. Wolf became well-known for covering the Gulf War, Oklahoma City bombing and as a White House correspondent. He hosted two self-titled shows on CNN. Wolf hosted Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer in 1998. He also anchored Wolf Blitzer Reports from 2000 to 2005. Wolf also hosted the CNN Newsroom in 2013, which was renamed Wolf in 2014. He won honorary degrees from many universities, including Howard University and George Washington University.
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George Stephanopoulos is the chief anchor and political correspondent on ABC News. He currently co-anchors with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America since 2014, replacing Diane Sawyer. He also hosts This Week, a Sunday morning current events program on ABC since 2002. George left the show in 2009 and returned in 2011. He substitutes regularly for ABC World News Tonight. From his work on ABC News, George Stephanopoulos is estimated to make $10 million dollars yearly. He also moderated the 2008 U.S. Presidential Debate with Charles Gibson between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. He also moderated the 2012 Republican Debate between Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum.
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Shepard Smith serves as a news anchor for Fox News. Currently, Shepard serves as the chief news anchor and managing editor for breaking news. He also serves as the host of Shepard Smith Reporting. Previously, Shepard hosted The Fox Report With Shepard Smith from 1999 to 2013. He also hosted Studio B until 2013. The Fox Report With Shepard Smith was so popular that it ranked #3 in most popular cable news programs. Fox News phased out both The Fox Report and Studio B in 2013. Shepard Smith earns about $10 million a year from his work at Fox News.
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Brian Williams is best known as a news anchor for MSNBC. He currently hosts The 11th Hour With Brian Williams. He also served as the news anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News for ten years. At the time, he made $10 million dollars yearly. At the time Brian Williams anchored on NBC Nightly News, the program beat CBS Evening News and ABC's World News Tonight in ratings from late 2008 to late 2014, except for one week. He started also hosted Rock Center With Brian Williams in 2011 until it was canceled due to low ratings in 2013.
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Anderson Cooper is a news anchor for CNN. He is best known for anchoring in Anderson Cooper 360 since 2003. In 2007, he started anchoring for CBS's 60 Minutes. At the time, this raised his yearly income from $2 million to $4 million. Previously, he hosted Anderson Live, a daytime talk show that aired from 2011 to 2013. Since then, Anderson Cooper started getting more gigs to multiply his income. He hosted CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute since 2007. Anderson also hosted the documentary Planet in Peril and New Year's Eve coverage for 2017 and 2018. He also moderated the 2016 presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Between his various gigs, freelance writing, and national tour, Anderson Cooper makes about $11 million a year.
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Today, Meredith Vieira serves as a special correspondent for NBC News. She also contributes to Today, NBC Nightly News, and Dateline NBC. Meredith co-anchors the fourth hour of the Today Show with Hoda and Jenna Bush Hager. She previously contributed to Rock Center With Brian Williams. Previously, Meredith served as the original moderator for The View from 1997 to 2006. She also co-hosted Today from 2006 to 2011. She was the original host of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire from 2002 to 2013. Meredith also presented the Intimate Portrait series on Lifetime. She also hosted the Meredith Vieira Show from 2006 to 2016.
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Barbara Walters is an iconic name in broadcast journalist history who hosted many major television programs. She served as a writer for the Today Show since 1962. Barbara was named the first-ever female co-host of the Today Show in 1974 and stopped hosting in 1976. She anchored on the ABC Evening News from 1976 to 1978. She then co-hosted and produced 20/20 from 1979 to 2004. And she co-hosted on The View from 1997 to 2014. She still serves as the show's executive producer. As of 2007, Barbara Walters made $12 million dollars yearly from co-hosting on The View and other gigs.
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Robin Roberts is a news anchor for ABC. Currently, she serves as the news anchor for Good Morning America, where she served since 2005. When Robin Roberts worked with George Stephanopoulos as co-anchors in 2009, they lead the show back to top ratings. By April 2012, Good Morning America became the number one morning show, knocking the Today Show out of first place. Before working for Good Morning America, she served as a sportscaster on ESPN from 1990 to 2005. She also received a 2012 Peabody Award for her program that brought awareness to her struggle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disease.
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Katie Couric is a household name in broadcast journalism. She is one of the only anchors to work with all of the Big Three television networks. Katie worked with NBC News from 1989 to 2006. She primarily worked as a co-host for the Today show. Katie worked with CBS News from 2006 to 2011. She anchored for various programs for their network, including CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, CBS Reports, and the Palin interviews. Katie worked with ABC News from 2011 to 2014. On the network, she hosted her self-titled show, Katie. She also served as a correspondent for ABC News. She most recently served as a Global Anchor for Yahoo! News from 2014 to 2017.
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Wendy Williams is a talk show host most known for The Wendy Williams Show. Her talk show attracts 2.4 million viewers daily. She received multiple Emmy nominations for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. And she competes with Ellen DeGeneres daily for the top female talk show host. She also wrote seven New York Times bestseller books between 2003 and 2014. Wendy also has a clothing line that is sold exclusively at Home Shopping Network. She has a jewelry line called Adorn by Wendy Williams that sells on QVC, a home shopping network. Between her talk show, books, clothing, and jewelry lines, Wendy Williams makes $15 million a year.
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Megyn Kelly is a broadcast journalist who worked with both Fox News and NBC News. She worked as a news anchor for Fox News from 2004 to 2017. Megyn hosted her own show, American Live, from 2010 to 2013. She left American Live to go on maternity leave. After returning from maternity leave, Megyn hosted The Kelly File starting October 2013. She left The Kelly File after 2017. She started working for NBC in 2017. Her two shows, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly and Megyn Kelly Today came out in 2017. When she worked at NBC, Kelly's estimated yearly income was anywhere from $15 to $20 million dollars.
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Jimmy Fallon got his career started as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He starred on the hilarious show between 1998 and 2004. After his acting career flopped in movies, Taxi and Fever Pitch, which came out in 2004 and 2005, he decided to return to television. He starred on the Late Night Show between 2009 and 2013. In 2014, he was promoted to the Tonight Show, where he currently hosts. After hosting The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon truly became a household name. Ever since he hosted The Tonight Show, he made as much as $16 million dollars yearly.
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Kelly Ripa did not begin her career as a television host. She was most well-known for her role on the soap opera, All My Children. Kelly played Hayley Vaughan on All My Children from 1990 to 2002. She made a brief return to the soap opera in 2010. Afterward, she began to co-host Live! With Kelly and Ryan from 2001 to present. She won four Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host with Regis Philbin and Michael Strahan. Kelly makes $16 million a year from the successful talk show. She also owns a production company called Milojo that is based in New York with her husband.
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Kelly Ripa's co-host, Michael Strahan also did not begin his career as a talk show host. Michael Strahan played football professionally for 15 years for the New York Giants. He retired from football in 2007. In 2012, he joined Kelly Ripa on Live! With Kelly and Michael. He won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host before leaving the show in 2016. In 2014, he started contributing to Good Morning America. He started co-hosting full time at Good Morning America in 2016. In 2018, he co-hosted a spin-off of Good Morning America called Strahan and Sara with Sara Haines. He makes $17 million dollars annually from his appearance on Good Morning America and the spin-off series.
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Bill O'Reilly is best known for his political TV show, The O'Reilly Factor, which showed on Fox News. The O'Reilly Factor was one of the most popular cable television shows since its premiere in 1996. He made about $20 million from the show and other television appearances yearly until it was canceled in 2017. After The O'Reilly Show was canceled, Bill hosted the No Spin News podcast. Before hosting The O'Reilly Factor, Bill was on the tabloid show Inside Edition from 1989 to 1995. He previously served as a TV anchor in the 1970's and 1980's for CBS News and ABC News.
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Jon Stewart is best known for his appearance on The Daily Show. He hosted this satirical Comedy Central show from 1999 to 2015. He made an estimated $25 million yearly for his appearance on the show alone. While Jon Stewart hosted The Daily Show, the show won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards. After he left The Daily Show, Jon Stewart performed a stand-up comedy special on HBO in July 2017. He also made monologues on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and served as the executive producer of the show. He also released the political satire, Irresistible in October 2018.
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Matt Lauer was a television anchor on NBC. He was a contributor for Dateline NBC. He also co-hosted the Today Show from 1997 to 2017. Before he served as a co-host, he was a news anchor on the Today Show from 1994 to 1997. He also hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1998 to 2017. He also hosted Christmas In Rockefeller Center from 1998 to 2016. Matt co-hosted the Olympic Games openings as well on NBC. He made as much as $25 million from the Today Show alone according to Newsweek. His other television appearances bumped his yearly salary up to $28 million dollars.
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Sean Hannity is best known for the radio show, The Sean Hannity Show. He hosted the radio show from 2001 to present. He also has a television show called Hannity on Fox News. This show aired from 2009 to present. It is the most popular cable news broadcast in its time slot. He also had other television shows on Fox News titled Hannity's America and Hannity and Colmes. Sean Hannity makes $29 million dollars yearly, many of which are from his shows on Fox News. He also has three New York Times bestseller books published between 2002 and 2010. He also has an honorary degree from Liberty University.
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Jim Rome is best known for his radio show, The Jim Rome Show. He also hosted his television show, Jim Rome is Burning on ESPN from 2003 to 2012. After leaving ESPN to join CBS in 2012, he hosted the self-titled show, Rome. He also has an interview format show on the network called Jim Rome on Showtime. Both of these shows ended in March 2015. There is no surprise that Jim Rome makes $30 million yearly. Talkers Magazine crowned him the 29th most influential talk radio show personality. His radio show is also the 21st most listened to talk radio show in the United States.