The six best news anchors
Way back in August, I listed my choices for the three worst anchors on television. I said in that post that "later this week" I was going to name the best news anchors on television. Apparently, "later this week" meant seven months later. Sorry about that!
Here are my choices for the six best news anchors currently on television. Feel free to disagree and argue with me in the comments section (as if you need any suggestion from me for that).1. Katie Couric (CBS), Charles Gibson (ABC), and Brian Williams (NBC): You don't get to be the anchor on the evening network news broadcasts without being the cream of the crop, and these three people are the best. Williams is an old pro who deserved to take Tom Brokaw's seat when he retired, and Gibson is a solid veteran. As for Couric, a lot of people point to her bad ratings as proof she can't do hard news, and I say that's ridiculous. Her show has been number three for quite some time, even before she took over, for reasons way beyond her control. She's quite good. In fact, when I watch the network news at 6:30pm, she's the one I turn to first.
2. Kyra Phillips (CNN): You know that feeling you get when a favorite TV personality is on vacation or is in repeats (for me it's David Letterman)? You get truly bummed out when you see the show is in repeats or that a substitute host is in their place. That's how I feel when I turn on CNN in the afternoon and Kyra Phillips isn't in the anchor seat. Like right now. She's been in Iraq for the past couple of weeks doing special reports, and the people they have filling in for her just can't do her mix of hard news, great questions, and light news stories. Kyra, please come back.
3. Russ Mitchell (CBS): If CBS hadn't gone with Couric, Mitchell would have been a great choice. He's the news anchor of The Early Show too and fills in for Couric (as does Harry Smith).
4. Jim Lehrer (PBS): Just straight-forward, no nonsense news. Probably the closest we have to a Walter Cronkite type anchor every night. It's refreshing to just turn on the news and get the news.
Who would you add to this list, and is there anyone I mentioned above who shouldn't be there?