Famous American Broadcast Journalists

Broadcast journalism comes into American homes each night with an overview of the news. Although cable networks are offering more jobs in this field, a few names stand alone as its pioneers

1. Truman Capote

Most people remember Capote for his work Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which became a popular movie starring Audrey Hepburn. He’s also won awards for short stories and written a non-fiction novel. That journalistic work in 1966 took him six years to write. 

2. Barbara Walters

Walters is a pioneer for women in American broadcast journalism. She’s co-hosted several shows, leading her to be named as one of the 50 greatest TV stars by TV Guide

3. Dan Rather

Rather’s first radar weather report is said to have saved thousands during the events of Hurricane Carla. After rising to fame, he’d spend 24 years on the CBS Evening News. After being fired due to the Killian documents, he started hosting his own shows. 

4. Walter Cronkite

Cronkite was once named the most trusted man in America because of his role on the CBS Evening News. He spent 19 years in that role, developing the catchphrase “and that’s the way it is.” He’s the only person to receive the Ambassador of Exploration award from NASA without being an employee. 

5. Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell has written several bestselling books, including Blink and Outliers. He’s written several pieces for The Washington Post and The New Yorker, focusing on subjects like sociology and economics. He’s the founder of a podcast company and hosts “Revisionist History.”

Broadcast journalism is a tough job because it exposes the truth. That’s why it takes a special soul to do the work! Follow a few current event blogs, and you may soon see new rising journalism stars.