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News Anchor: Career Information


News anchor

A news anchor at the desk.

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Job Description:

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.

Employment Facts:

There were 8,000 news anchors employed in the U.S. in 2008.

Educational Requirements:

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.

Other Requirements:

Successful candidates for news anchor jobs have experience working on their school newspapers or broadcast stations and have done internships with news organizations.

Advancement Opportunities:

Most news anchors begin their careers working at small broadcast stations, sometimes as reporters. With experience, some move to larger stations or television networks.

Job Outlook:

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).


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