News Anchors

News Anchor in Studio

News anchors analyze and broadcast news for radio and television stations. They help select, write, and present the news and may specialize in a particular area. Interviewing guests, making public service announcements, and conducting panel discussions may also be part of the news anchor's work. Approximately 30,390 people are employed as radio and television announcers (including news anchors) at radio and television stations in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Sports Anchors, Television News Anchors
Duties Research, present, and comment on news topics; interview special guests and serve as moderator; announce station information for program breaks and commercials; make promotional appearances
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Speech
Experience Several years' experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • National News Anchor
  • National News Reporter
  • News Anchor
  • News Reporter