BCNN1's Best TV News Personalities (2012)
We know that some of these TV news personalities are Christians, however this selection of the top ten is based solely upon what we see as pure God-given talent and ability. We believe that one of the gifts one must have in TV news and commentary is the ability to have their brain make their mouth say exactly what they want to say without hesitation. The ten personalities below are people who have that ability and who consistently deliver the news or commentary with style, grace, and directness.
1. Athena Jones | CNN
Athena Jones started with CNN as a general assignment reporter in 2011 and is based in CNN's Washington bureau. She reports on a wide range of general news stories for programs across the network from breaking news to national stories.
Previously, Jones was a White House producer with NBC, where she wrote packages, produced story segments and reported on air for MSNBC and NBC News. Jones covered the presidential campaigns of then-Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle for NBC and the National Journal. Prior to her work at NBC, Jones served as a freelance segment producer for CNN. In addition, from 2001 to 2003, she worked as a reporter for Reuters based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she covered the Argentine presidential elections as well as other general news stories. Prior to Reuters, Jones reported on politics and the economy in both Chile and Argentina for Bloomberg News.
Jones graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. She studied Spanish and European politics at the University of Madrid Complutense in Madrid, Spain; and Islamic studies at the American Research Center in Cairo, Egypt, with Duke University.
2. Isha Sesay | CNN
Isha Sesay, anchor on CNN International, and contributor to CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 joined HLN's new nightly news program Evening Express (5-7 p.m. ET) upon its launch on June 4, 2012. On this program, Sesay works with host Ryan Smith and colleague Clark Howard to provide an energetic, inspirational and solutions-oriented look at the day's news, with reporting on stories and issues that resonate in the American household. She is based at the network's global headquarters in Atlanta.
Sesay also anchors CNN NewsCenter, CNNI's new half-hour news program, broadcast live weekdays from CNN's newsroom, that takes viewers through the day's big stories of global importance.
During the week Sesay also provides news updates for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, which is simulcast on CNNI.
In addition to her daily shows, she files reports for African Voices and Inside Africa, CNN International's award-winning, weekly program dedicated to providing viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa. She also hosts BackStory, the weekly program that goes behind the scenes of CNN's global newsgathering operation. Read Full Bio...
3. Harris Faulkner | Fox News
Harris Faulkner is currently the anchor of "FOX Report Weekend," airing Saturday and Sunday from 7:00-8:00 PM/ET. Faulkner is also a breaking news anchor appearing on "Happening Now," weekdays from 11AM-1PM/ET. She also kicks off the day's live programming on FoxNews.com at 9 AM/ET, as the host of "Morning Click"
Faulkner joined FNC in 2005 as a correspondent and prime-time news break anchor. Prior to joining FNC, she served as correspondent for "A Current Affair." In 2005, Faulkner served as a substitute host for "The Nancy Grace Show" on CNN Headline News.
Prior to that she worked as the primary evening anchor on KSTP-TV and also hosted "The Harris Faulkner Show" on FM107 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1993 to 2000, Faulkner was the primary evening anchor for FOX 4 News in Kansas City. She began her television career at WNCT-TV as an anchor and reporter in Greenville, North Carolina. Faulkner has received six Emmy Awards including the 2004 Emmy for Best Newscaster and Best News Special. In 1998 she received the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Lifetime Achievement Award for her humanitarian efforts. Read Full Bio...
4. Tamron Hall | MSNBC
Tamron Hall anchors "NewsNation," which airs weekdays from 2-3 p.m. ET on MSNBC. "NewsNation," which was launched in 2010, features high profile interviews and in-depth coverage of U.S., world and entertainment news. "NewsNation" has covered countless important American milestones, including a live broadcast from Ground Zero after the death of Osama Bin Laden, where President Obama joined the families of 9/11 victims to mark the occasion. In addition, "NewsNation" presented live coverage of the final space shuttle launch from KSC in July 2011. In her popular segments, "Gut Check" and "We Just Thought You Should Know," Tamron encourages viewers to give their opinions on some of the most controversial stories in the news via Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to her role at MSNBC, Tamron can also be seen on NBC News as frequent substitute host for "TODAY" and "Weekend Today." She has also hosted several special reports for MSNBC and NBC News, including "Making the Grade," "Debating The Black Agenda," several "Dateline" pieces, and "Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall," which has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Tamron also served as correspondent of the NBC News special "The Inauguration of Barack Obama," which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010. Read Full Bio...
5. Amy Holmes | CNN / The Blaze
Amy Holmes is a CNN political contributor and conservative commentator. She appears regularly on The Situation Room and across all networks, including the network's prime-time line-up in programs such as Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper 360º.
Prior to joining CNN, Holmes served as senior speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) from May 2003 to July 2006, writing on topics ranging from economic and energy policy to judicial nominations and the Iraq war. Before that she worked for the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, and helped build the non-profit Independent Women's Forum (IWF) as economic project director and campus project director. While at IWF, Holmes oversaw and edited the organization's labor statistics guide, "Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economics of Women in America."
Holmes, a registered independent, has been a familiar face on television news and talk programs. She has guest-hosted ABC's The View and appears regularly on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2002, she hosted Lead Story on Black Entertainment Television, where she interviewed administration officials, journalists and top newsmakers. Read Full Bio...
6. Lester Holt | NBC News
Lester Holt is the weekend anchor for the flagship broadcast "NBC Nightly News," and is also the co-anchor of the weekend edition of "Today." In addition, Holt serves as fill-in anchor and correspondent for "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" and the weekday "Today" program. He also contributes to MSNBC, NBC's 24-hour cable news network.
Holt has reported from many of the world's hot spots. In 2006, he reported from the front lines in Lebanon on the war between Israel and Hezbollah and from London, he reported on the terror threat to U.S. bound-airliners from the UK. In 2005, Holt was on the ground for Hurricane Katrina covering events both in Louisiana and Mississippi, and later that fall covered Hurricane Rita in Texas.
Before becoming co-anchor of "Weekend Today," Holt anchored "Lester Holt Live," a daily news show on MSNBC in which he covered breaking news and provided news updates and analysis. Holt has also served as the lead anchor for daytime news and breaking news coverage on MSNBC. He has served as a primary anchor for MSNBC's coverage of the biggest news events of the last several years, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war in Afghanistan, and he was the lead daytime anchor for MSNBC's coverage of Decision 2000. Holt also served as anchor of "Countdown: Iraq," a nightly news telecast concentrating on the latest developments surrounding the war with Iraq, from October 2002 through March 2003. Read Full Bio...
7. Roland S. Martin | CNN / TV One
Roland S. Martin is a CNN contributor based in Chicago and a key member of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television." Since joining the network in February 2007, Martin has hosted a variety of programs including the "What Would Jesus Really Do?" series and, most recently, a three-part series on the issues presidential candidates avoid addressing as Election Day nears.
A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, Martin most recently served as executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation's largest black daily newspaper. He is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith and Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America.
Martin has appeared numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Court TV, BET Nightly News, BBC News, National Public Radio, The Word Network and America's Black Forum.
Martin previously hosted The Roland S. Martin Show on WVON/1690AM in Chicago and is the former founding news editor for Savoy magazine and the former founding editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com, owned by nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner and Radio One. Read Full Bio...
8. Juan Williams | Fox News
Juan Williams joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 1997 as a contributor. He currently serves as a Fox News political analyst, a regular panelist on Fox Broadcasting's Sunday morning public affairs program, "Fox News Sunday," as well as the weekday political newscast, "Special Report with Bret Baier," and as a regular substitute host for "The O'Reilly Factor."
In addition to his more than 10-year career with NPR, where he served as a senior national correspondent and news analyst, William had spent 23 years at "The Washington Post." During his tenure there, Williams covered every major political campaign from 1980 to 2000 as a national correspondent and a political columnist. He has also interviewed numerous influential people and Presidents over the course of his career, including President Obama, former President George W. Bush, former President Clinton, former President George H. W. Bush and former President Reagan.
Williams' career in media spans back several decades across many platforms. A recipient of several awards for his writing and investigative journalism, he also won an Emmy Award for television documentary writing and has received widespread critical acclaim for numerous projects, including a series of documentaries, including: "Politics: The New Black Power" and "A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom." Additionally, he is the author of six books, including the non-fiction bestseller, "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965" and "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary." Williams has also written numerous articles and has contributed to many national magazines, including: TIME, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ebony and GQ.
Williams earned his bachelor's degree from Haverford College.
9. Martin Bashir | MSNBC
Martin Bashir is an awarding-winning journalist who hosts his own show on MSNBC weekdays at 4 p.m. ET. Bashir joined NBC News as an MSNBC anchor and a correspondent on Dateline NBC in December 2010. He is best known for conducting a series of exclusive interviews and making ground-breaking, landmark documentaries.
He has lived and worked in New York since 2004, when he joined ABC News as co-anchor of Nightline. He has made a number of critically acclaimed documentaries. His first, which featured evidence of steroid abuse by Olympic athletes and included an exclusive interview with BALCO President Victor Conte, provoked the Senate to investigate the use of performance enhancing substances by baseball players and other American sportsmen and women. The BALCO film won an award at the Chicago TV and Film Festival.
In August 2006, in a two-hour primetime special, he told the story of the American Imposter, a bail jumper from Florida who lived for more than 16 years as a fake Lord in the United Kingdom. The film contained the only interview with Buckingham who confessed to being Charles Stopford and explained how he managed to create a web of lives that deceived a wife, two children and the British authorities. Read Full Bio...
10. Fredricka Whitfield | CNN
Fredricka Whitfield is a news anchor for CNN/U.S. Based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta, Whitfield anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. Whitfield also works as a correspondent for the network, reporting on breaking news events worldwide.
Since joining CNN in 2002, Whitfield has reported from the Persian Gulf region during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Beijing, China during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and Washington, D.C. during the 2009 presidential inauguration.
Before CNN, Whitfield was a correspondent for NBC News and served as an Atlanta-based correspondent for NBC Nightly News and other programs for the network including The Today Show and Dateline NBC.
Whitfield has covered such stories as the 2000 presidential race and ballot recount as well as multiple extreme weather events involving tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes across America. Read Full Bio...