Some of the most popular female news anchors include Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Rachel Maddow. These successful journalists rank as some of the best-known and highest-paid in their field.
Likely the most notable female news anchor of her era, Barbara Walters paved the way for other female journalists, becoming the first ever female co-host of a news program in 1974. Walters contributed to ABC News for 34 years and was also a co-host on the network's newsmagazine “20/20” from 1979 to 2004. Walters' 1999 interview with Monica Lewinsky drew 74 million viewers, making it the highest-rated news program ever at the time.
Diane Sawyer is another trailblazing female news anchor, serving as an anchor for ABC World News, Good Morning America and Primetime. Sawyer also became the first female correspondent on CBS's newsmagazine 60 Minutes in 1984. The recipient of a Peabody Award and two Emmy Awards, Sawyer was also an inductee into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.
Beginning her career in talk radio, Rachel Maddow moved to TV in 2005, becoming a regular panelist on MSNBC news programs. Maddow's savvy political commentary helped her win her own MSNBC show in 2008, where she doubled viewership within a month. Maddow is also notable for being the first openly gay news anchor to host a primetime news program.