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The Highest Paid Female News Anchors



Over the course of history, the world has seen some amazing newscasters make their mark on television. They have all brought something new to our lives, and while everyone has their own taste when it comes to entertainment, politics, and sports, many of these women have become icons in their own right.
Most of these newscasters have become universally known as some of the best in the business and are the most favorite of all time. Does your favorite female newscaster make our list?

Samantha Ponder – $4.9 million

Arizona native Samantha Ponder keeps audiences entertained as the host of Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN. The blonde mom-of-two used to work under her maiden name – Samantha Steele – before she married her husband, ex-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

Ximena Cordoba – $250k

Ximena Cordoba is the gorgeous actress, model and presenter who hosts Despierta America on Univision and TNT Movie Club on TNT. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Ximena’s ravishing Instagram posts have garnered her over 1 million followers.

Kelly Ripa – $22 million

Bubbly blonde Kelly Ripa first became America’s sweetheart when she played the role of Hayley Vaughan on All My Children. Since then the 47-year-old has become one of the most powerful women in the media and currently co-hosts Live! With Kelly and Ryan.

Natalie Morales –$2 million

NBC News fixture Natalie Morales traveled the world as what she calls an “Air Force Brat.” She was born in Taiwan and spent time in the U.S., Brazil, Panama and Spain. Natalie’s exotic looks are thanks to her Brazilian mother and Puerto Rican father. Morales worked at Chase Bank after college, before following her passions and embarking on a media career.

Erin Andrews –$2 million

Dancing with the Stars presenter Erin Andrews is a self-described tomboy with a love of sports. That passion has served her well as a sideline reporter for Fox NFL and her prior role as co-host on ESPN’s College Gameday. During her years at University of Florida, Erin was a member of the Florida Gators Dazzler dance team!

Maria Menounos – $750k

Former Miss Massachusetts Teen USA winner Maria Menounos graduated from Emerson College before getting her start as a reporter for Channel One News. Since then her career has skyrocketed with acting gigs, television hosting for Extra and E! Entertainment and a professional wrestling career with the WWE!

Giuliana Rancic – $3 million

Born in Naples, Italy, Giuliana Rancic moved to America at the age of 7 where she went on to attend American University and also Barbizon Modeling and Acting School. The entrepreneurial Giuliana has not only been a fixture on E! News, she has also launched an extremely successful clothing line on HSN and her own wine line.

Charissa Thompson – $500k

Fox Sports and NFL Sunday anchor Charissa Thompson previously co-hosted Extra alongside Mario Lopez and Tracy Edmonds.

Ines Sainz – $600k

Ines Sainz could double as a fitness model with her toned physique. She hails from Mexico and works as a journalist for Azteca Deportes and also works in the English language as a boxing match hostess.

Megyn Kelly – $6 million

Before her much publicized switch to NBC, Megyn Kelly called Fox News home from 2004 to 2017. After graduating from Syracuse University, Megyn went on to Albany Law School and worked as an attorney in Chicago. The busy mom-of-three now operates her own podcast.

Erin Burnett – $3 million

After starting out as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs, CNN’s Erin Burnett Out Front anchor Erin Burnett decided to follow her passion with a media career at CNBC before landing her own primetime news program on CNN.

Nancy O’Dell –$4 million

Former Miss South Carolina Pageant winner Nancy O’Dell began her career in television broadcasting in South Carolina before moving to California. She is best known for her work on Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight.

Susan Li – $750k

Born in China, Susan Li grew up in Toronto, Canada. She started working for the Canadian Broadcasting Company before traveling the globe to enjoy a varied career working for China Central Television, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNBA Europe and CNBC.

Jackie Guerrido – $1 million

Puerto Rican weather girl Jackie Guerrido studied meteorology at the University of Miami where she took her beauty and weather skills to Despierta America, before landing a co-host gig on Primer Impacto.

Mélissa Theuriau – $7 million

Voted “Most Idolized News Anchor” by various different outlets, French beauty Melissa Theuriau has revealed in the past she is completely surprised by how much publicity her looks get. She currently works as a news anchor for French news station M6.

Lara Spencer – $3 million

Every weekday morning viewers get to see Lara Spencer’s bubbly personality on ABC’s Good Morning America. Lara is also an avid flea-market finder and interior design guru.

Yanet Garcia – $600k

Back to Mexico we go to a weather girl whose looks have been likened to none-other than Kim Kardashian. The sultry weather girl has gathered over 5 million Instagram followers.

Anna Gilligan –$800k

Fox News Channel reporter Anna Gilligan hosts Meettheboss and previously worked as the entertainment reporter for Good Day New York. Before getting hitched to fellow Fox 5 News anchor Steve Lacy, Anna dated actor Steve Guttenberg.

Brooke Baldwin – $4 million

CNN fixture Brooke Baldwin has been with the network since 2008. She hosted CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin every weekday afternoon until retiring in 2021.

Robin Meade – $3 million

Former Miss Ohio Robin Meade was also a semi-finalist in Miss America before heading over to news desks around the country and ultimately landing at HLN where she hosts Morning Express with Robin Meade. Not only can Robin report on the news, she can also sing. The brunette beauty has released two country music albums.

Bri Winkler –$125k

As the weather girl on Los Angeles ABC7, Bri Winkler stunned fans when she announced she would be taking a hiatus from work to go back to college. Bri is working hard on getting her masters degree in environmental science, but still makes it back to the news station to fill in when needed.

Cristina Blackwell – $550k

As the host of Great Day SA on San Antonio’s KENS 5, Christina Blackwell is bilingual thanks to her mom, who hails from Mexico City and her dad who is from Alabama. Prior to Great Day SA, Christina worked as a weather girl for Univision’s Despierta America.

Marilu Kaufman – $225k

Stunning Mexican weather girl Marilu Kaufman calls Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico home and is renowned for her gorgeous looks and savvy fashion sense.

Laurie Dhue – 400k

Laurie Dhue’s face probably looks familiar. She has worked for MSNBC’s Special Edition, CNN, Fox News and The Blaze.

Jenna Lee – 100k

Former Fox News Channel anchor Jenna Lee left the news network in June 2017 to pursue other projects and opportunities. The San Francisco native holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Megan Glaros – $56k

WBBM-TV in Chicago is lucky to have Megan Glaros on their team. Megan, who is a busy mom-of-three, serves as a meteorologist on the early morning news.

Lluvia Carrillo – $275k

Mexico’s Televisa Lluvia Carrillo is one popular weather girl. She’s also engaged to professional soccer star Javier Aquino.

Jackie Johnson – $750k

Television personality Jackie Johnson brings her sun-kissed good looks to Los Angeles KCBS-TV news. Meteorologist Jackie has also appeared in several films, including All About Steve and Soul Men.

Courtney Friel – $12 million

KTLA Los Angeles news anchor Courtney Friel has appeared in both Maxim and FHM. With her stunning good looks Friel has worked as a reporter for Extra, E! News and hosted the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel.

Evelyn Taft – $50k

CBS Los Angeles meteorologist Evelyn Taft actually grew up speaking Russian thanks to her Moscow-born parents. Evelyn has traveled around the globe, living in both London and France before making her home in Los Angeles.

Kimberly Guilfoyle – $8 million

Former attorney Kimberly Guilfoyle is fresh out of the White House. The University of San Francisco School of Law alum modeled for Macy’s while at law school and worked as a district attorney before moving to television. She previously co-hosted The Five on Fox News.

Vania Manzano –$500k

Revered as one of the best weather girls in her country, Vania Manzano got her start in showbiz as a model and sports anchor before giving the daily weather forecast on Mexico’s Azteca TV.

Diana Alvarado – $150k

Mexico’s Canal 44 is home to weather girl Diana Alvarado who has become quite the social media sensation thanks to her trendy outfits.

Chrissy Russo – $72k

Fox 5 San Diego’s Chrissy Russo is no pushover. The journalist, meteorologist, news producer and busy mom is an enthusiastic practitioner of Krav Maga – an Israeli form of self-defense.

Maria Quiban – $143 k

Honolulu’s Maria Quiban left the islands behind to pursue her career in meteorology and has been the weather anchor at Los Angeles KTTV since 2000. Born in the Philippines, Maria grew up in Hawaii where she attended the University of Hawaii. The exotic beauty has also appeared in numerous shows including Bruce Almighty, Everybody Hates Chris, and Cold Case.

Susana Almeida – $95k

Mexican weather girl Susana Almeida is known for her fashionable outfits. Almeida brings her talents to 4 Televisa Guadalajara.

Giselle Blondet – $1 million

It’s hard to believe Giselle Blondet is a day over 40, yet the Puerto Rican actress and presenter is actually 54! After a long career with Univision, Blondet moved to Telemundo for a year before returning to Univision to host Pequeños Gigantes USA.

Indra Petersons – $150k

Before working as the weather anchor for CNN’s New Day, meteorologist Indra Petersons worked at KABC-TV in her hometown of Los Angeles. Brainy Indra graduated with a degree in Atmospheric Physics and now presents the weather for NBC News.

Gabriela Grechi – $160k

Italy’s Gabriela Grechi has quite the cult following on social media thanks to her iconic looks. As Italy’s most famous weather girl, Gabriela also has her own YouTube channel.

Sheena Parveen – $1.7 million

NBC Washington News4’s Sheena Parveen takes time away from delivering the weather to focus on her true passion – uniting shelter pets with new families.

Sabrina Fein – $125k

After living through Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Sabrina Fein decided to pursue a career in meteorology. After leaving her home state of Florida behind, Sabrina followed the sun to Southern California where she brought her weather forecasting skills to KUSI News.

Elita Loresca – $150k

KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas is where Filipino Elita Loresca calls home. The meteorologist is in competition with many others due to her state’s large size, but she’s continually pulled a dedicated following.

Christina Loren –$135k

Nashville, Tennessee’s Christina Loren combines both grace and beauty as anchor and agricultural meteorologist for RFD-TV. The three-time Emmy nominated meteorologist also holds a Masters degree in Christian Studies.

Janice Villagran – $100k

Mexican weather girl Janice Villagran presents boxing events for Estrella TV and is a fixture on En Vivo USA – a Mexican celebrity gossip show.

Kiran Chetry – $185k

Born in Nepal, Kiran Chetry moved to the U.S. before she was even a year-old. Chetry has worked for both Fox News and CNN and appeared on Nutribullet infomercials.

Zain Asher – $95k

London native Zain Asher brings the brains to her role as news anchor at CNN International. The Oxford University grad also graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Roxana Vancea –$300k

Romanian weather girl Roxana Vancea often gets a lot of attention for her good looks. When she’s not giving Romanian viewers their weather forecast, Roxana often participates in on-air work-out segments.

Molly Rosenblatt –$125k

WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota may see some frigid temperatures during the winter, but fortunately for news viewers they can rely on meteorologist Molly Rosenblatt. The Minnesota native spent some time in the south working for WOFL in Orlando, Florida before deciding to head back home.

Carolina Ramirez –$100k

Despierta América’s Carolina Ramirez was a finalist of Nuestra Belleza Latina 2010. Ramirez also presents the Hola Hollywood segment for Univision.

Patricia Juggernauth – $600k

Canadian television presenter Patricia Jaggernauth is also the CEO of her own clothing line PJ Glam Girl.

Vera Gimenez – $85k

Los Angeles residents can rely on gorgeous Vera Jimenez to provide up-to-date weather and traffic info for road-weary KTLA viewers. The social media darling has also won two Emmy awards.

Jill Nicolini – $200k

Former model Jill Nicolini is the traffic reporter for New York’s WPIX – 11. Prior to working in the media Jill appeared on the reality show Married by America in 2003.

Sonya Hill – $75k

Action 10 news anchor for KZTV, Sonya Hill loves everything about Corpus Christi. When she’s not anchoring the nightly news, Sonya is busy snorkeling and jet skiing along the Texas coast.

Sugey Abrego – $132k

Weather girl Sugey Abrego is a model and weather girl for Mexico’s Canal 4. She also appeared on the cover of Maxim Mexico in 2009.

Mayte Carranco – $500k

Mexican weather girl Mayte Carranco’s good looks also won her the title of Miss Televisa Monterrey. She’s also somewhat of a social media sensation with her own popular YouTube channel and well over 200,000 Instagram followers.

Leticia Castro – $75k

Not only has Leticia Castro worked as a weather anchor and bilingual journalist for Telemundo, Univision and ABC Sacramento, the hard-working media star also has her own uber successful YouTube channel where she vlogs and posts makeup tutorials.

Angie Sabrina Gonzalez – $120k

Not only does Venezuela’s Angie Sabrina Gonzalez deliver weather updates, she is also a professional cyclist who has competed in several Olympics. Her active lifestyle probably explains her amazing figure!

Chita Craft – $63k

Houston residents love waking up every morning to bubbly meteorologist Chita Craft on KHOU 11 News This Morning. Chita has even named her pet Schnauzer ‘Doppler’ after weather surveillance doppler radar!

Mary Gamarra – $100k

Balancing work and motherhood Mary Gamarra has a busy schedule. She currently works as the host for Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel and is a regular fixture on Telemundo’s El Rojo Vivo.

Sharon Tay – $900k

It’s hard to believe Sharon Tay is 51-years-old isn’t it? The Singapore native moved to the States at the age of 7, but has also lived in the Philippines. Prior to joining CBA Los Angeles as the morning news anchor, Tay was the former host of two programs on the MSNBC network.

Alex Wilson – $55k

The Weather Channel’s meteorologist Alex Wilson is also a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves nothing more than to travel and discover new restaurants in her spare time.

Domenica Davis – $57k

Meteorologist Domenica Davis currently works for The Weather Channel as the host of The Lift, America’s 1st mobile morning show.

Julie Durda – $300k

South Florida’s WPLG is home to Julie Durda, who also fills in occasionally on weekend editions of Good Morning America.

Gaby Lozoya – $500k

Back to Mexico we go again to another weather girl. Monterrey’s Gaby Lozoya is another sensation from Guadalejara who’s been keeping residents informed for years..

Maria Timmer – $225k

Nicaraguan native Maria Timmer grew up in South Florida where the devastation of Hurricane Andrew instilled in her a love of the weather. Maria worked as the on-air meteorologist for Fox News, before putting her career on hold to get her PhD at Central Michigan University.

Sian Welby – $200k

Along with hosting her own radio show on Heart radio, Britain’s Sian Welby currently works for the U.K’s Channel 5 and Channel 4. She has also lent her good looks to Sky Sports, MTV and ITV.

Shay Ryan – $72k

ABC Action News’ Now Tampa Bay is home to bubbly Shay Ryan, who is actually a Florida native. Shay previously worked as a weather anchor for Fox 5 News in New York City.

Irene Sans – $195k

Bilingual meteorologist Irene Sans has worked as a meteorologist for the Emergency Management in Florida. Irene currently calls Orlando’s WFTV Channel 9 home.

Kristi Capel – $53k

Former Miss Missouri Kristi Capel currently works as a newscaster for Fox 8 in Cleveland, Ohio, where she co-anchors Fox 8 News in the Morning.

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