News Anchor

What Does A News Anchor Do?

News anchors typically research stories, interview people, and report the news on television.

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How Do I Become A News Anchor?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English, political science, or a related field is probably necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master’s or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable.

What is the Average Salary For A News Anchor?

High – 163,000
Median – 56,000
Low – 25,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A News Anchor?

  • Science – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Business
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Journalism

What Is The Work Environment For A News Anchor?

Television news anchors work for television stations. They may spend some time in the studio reporting the news and other time out in the field interviewing people and doing other research. Because of deadlines, this work may be stressful at times. It often require evening and weekend work, and they may periodically work long hours while covering breaking news stories.

What Is The Future Outlook For A News Anchor?

Because of the large number of people who want to enter this field and the relatively small number of openings, there will continue to be a lot of competition for these positions.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada