June 1, 2007

Have a Favorite Journalist or News Person

56%

That’s the percentage of Americans who can name a favorite journalist or news person; in 1985, 65% of Americans could identify a favorite.

Just over half (56%) of Americans can name a favorite journalist or news person; two decades ago, the vast majority of Americans (65%) had a “favorite” journalist or news person, and the top picks were representatives of the big three broadcast television networks. Today, only a slim majority can name the journalist they admire most and the preferences are far more scattered. Reflecting the myriad choices news consumers have today, the top 10 journalists named by the public are drawn from the networks, cable news channels, public television and even Comedy Central. Read More