A news anchor presents news stories on television news broadcasts. He or she introduces both videotaped news reports and those being delivered live by reporters from remote locations. A news anchor also analyzes news stories.
There were 8,000 news anchors employed in the U.S. in 2008.
Broadcasting companies prefer to hire news anchors who have bachelor's degrees in journalism or mass communications, but those with other majors may also be considered.
Successful candidates for news anchor jobs have experience working on their school newspapers or broadcast stations and have done internships with news organizations.
Most news anchors begin their careers working at small broadcast stations, sometimes as reporters. With experience, some move to larger stations or television networks.
Employment of news anchors is expected to decline through 2018.
News anchors earned a median annual salary of $50,400 in 2009.
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A Day in a News Anchor's Life:
On a typical day a news anchor's tasks might include:
- introducing news stories on the air
- analyzing and interpreting news received from various sources
- writing commentaries, columns and scripts
- editing news material
- selecting materials to present
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/reporters-correspondents-and-broadcast-news-analysts.htm (visited May 13, 2010).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Broadcast News Analysts, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/27-3021.00 (visited December 2, 2010).