Anderson Cooper – $11m
Anderson Cooper had no formal education in journalism, but he had the sheer will and intelligence for the job. He interned at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) while studying political science at Yale University. In pursuit of a career in journalism, he worked as a fact checker for a small news agency. Later, he traveled to Myanmar to meet students fighting the Burmese government, of which he created a homemade news segment and eventually sold it to Channel One.
Cooper later worked his way up and rose to the position of co-anchor and eventually became one of the most distinguished anchors in television. He used to host his own daytime talk show, Anderson Live. He is currently the primary anchor of the CNN news show called Anderson Cooper 360° and a correspondent for 60 Minutes.
Katy Tur – $500k
When she was starting out, Katy Tur worked for different news outlets including KTLA, News 12 Brooklyn, HD News/Cablevision, and Fox 5 New York. She also had a stint at The Weather Channel as a storm chaser. In 2009, she landed a job at NBC’s local station in New York City, which led her to the NBC national headquarters. On the same year, she was given AP’s Best Spot News Award for her coverage of the crane collapse on the Upper East Side if Manhattan.
Tur reported for several NBC News platforms such as Today, Early Today, Meet the Press, and NBC Nightly News. She was also NBC’s reporter for the Donald Trump presidential campaign. She was the one who informed the Trump campaign about the controversial tape of Trump’s conversation with Billy Bush about women. A Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism was given to Tur in 2017.