A great journalist writes stories, and collects and assembles information from dangerous and extreme locations all over the world. You can sometimes find them on your TV disseminating the state of a particular region.
Journalism can be seen as a career for the money seeker or the impatient, but despite this, there are some outstanding journalists who have dedicated their lives to seeking and speaking the truth ultimately.
Below is a list of seven journalists whose work is revered deeply. If you are a journalism or communications student, you should be familiar with these names:
Lester Don Holt, Jr. was born on March 8, 1959. He is an American journalist and the first African-American to singlehandedly handle a weekday network newscast.
Holt started his career by working with CBS for 19 years as a reporter and international correspondent. He was later hired as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City and moved to WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he worked as an anchor and reported immersively from risky locations all over the world.
On June 18, 2015, he became the official anchor of NBC Nightly News, replacing Brian Williams and being the current host of NBC’s Dateline. Last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he delivered a virtual graduation speech for the 254th graduating class of Rutgers University.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons, Stefan and Cameron.
Christiane Amanpour is a British-Iranian Journalist born on January 12, 1958. She is the Chief Anchor for CNN and host of CNN nightly interview program Amanpour.
According to one PR firm, she has the highest rating of world leaders following her on Twitter.
CNN hired her as a correspondent, and her first major assignment was to cover the Iran-Iraq war, which was reviewed and led to her transfer to report on the fall of European communism, and from there she conducted interviews with Hosni Mubarak during his time and Muammar Gaddafi, Angelina Jolie, Constantine II of Greece and other great personalities.
In 1988, because of her role as a special contributor to the international news report “60 Minutes”, she garnered a Peabody award and has won every major broadcast award. She is currently the host of “Amanpour & Company” on PBS.
Anderson Cooper is one of the most famous journalists of our time. Born on June 3, 1967, he is an American broadcast journalist and political commentator.
Anderson serves as a correspondent for “60 Minutes” on the CBS show and is the primary anchor for “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN.
He received the highest honor that can be granted by the Haitian government when he covered the 2010 Haiti earthquake, bringing home the National order for honor and merit.
Robert Upshur Woodward is currently the associate editor for the Washington Post, and he started as a reporter for Post back in 1971.
Woodward has made contributions to two Pulitzer prizes won by the Washington Post. In addition, he has been a recipient of every major journalism award, including the theme Sigma Delta Chi award, the Heywood Broun Award, the George Polk Award, and many more.
5. Louis Theroux
Louis Sebastian Theroux is a British-American filmmaker, broadcaster, journalist, and author. He was born on May 20, 1970, and has received two British Academy Television Awards and a Royal Television Society Television Award.
Theroux’s first employment as a journalist was with Metro Silicon Valley in the United States. After that, he was a hired writer for Spy magazine.
He also worked as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation” Series.
When “TV Nation” ended, Louis Theroux was signed to a development deal by the BBC, where he developed Louis Theroux Weird Weekends. In addition, he writes for The Idler, and he has guest written for several publications, including Hip-Hop Connections.
If you have been wondering who the founder of Caixin Media is, look no further as Hu Shuli is the founder and publisher of Caixin Media in China. She is the adjunct professor of the school of journalism and communication at the Renmin University of China.
She is also the professor of the school of communication and design at Sun Yat-Sen University.
Hu Shuli is the author of many books, including New Financial Times, The Scenes Behind American Newspaper and Reform Bears No Romance. She has been ranked among the 50 leaders at the forefront of change.
She was the founder of Caijing Magazine in 1998 November 2009. She resigned from Caijing barely a few weeks after the resignation of Daphne Wu, taking with her 90 percent of Caijing journalists and nearly 70 percent employees from the business and then created the breakthrough outlet Caixin Media.
Fredricka Whitfield is an award-winning journalist that has won notable awards in her broadcast career. She was born on May 31, 1965, and was the first anchor to break the news of the demise of Ronald Reagan.
She worked as the news anchor for her campus radio station in Howard and got selected as the Alumna of the Year for Howard University School of Communication. Immediately after college, she got a job at the WPLG-TV in Miami and moved to NBC News to serve as a correspondent.
She joined CNN in 2002 and is currently anchoring their weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. Whitfield has covered stories on the Cuban Haitian crisis, the Afghanistan war, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
She received an Emmy nomination for long-form storytelling and an Ebony Award for Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications, among others in the journalism industry.
It is almost impossible to cram the world’s best journalists into this tiny list. However, these are the ones that have inspired us with their stories and have bolstered the industry with how incredible and courageous they have been, which in turn, has influenced the world of news.