ABC News is the news division of American Broadcasting Company (ABC), owned by the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company.
The television flagship is ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir; other programs include morning show Good Morning America, Nightline, Primetime, and 20/20, as well as Sunday mornings This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Although its initial roots were in radio, today ABC is considered to be one of the Big Three television networks. The network is headquartered on Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street in Manhattan, New York City, although all major business operations are conducted in nearby Burbank, California.
Female Anchors and correspondents at ABC News are the face of news around the country. In addition to breaking news coverage, they conduct interviews with newsmakers, deliver reporting from the field and host original broadcasts. Here are 20 ABC news female anchors:
1. Liz Cho
Liz Cho co-anchors Eyewitness News First at 4 p.m. and Eyewitness News at 6 p.m. on WABC-TV. Liz has anchor coverage of historic events such as Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton, President Ronald Reagan’s burial, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and many important news events in the Tri-State area since joining the Eyewitness News team in 2003.
Liz joined Channel 7 from ABC News, where she was an anchor for World News Now and a correspondent for Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline. She also hosted Good Morning America’s coverage of the first weeks of the Iraq War.
Liz formerly worked as an ABC News journalist in Chicago. She covered national topics such as President Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, the Columbine High School massacres, and deadly tornadoes in the Midwest. Liz formerly worked as a reporter for WPLG-TV in Miami and as an assignment editor for New England Cable News in Newton, Massachusetts.
2. Sade Baderinwa
Sade Baderinwa anchors WABC-popular TV’s Eyewitness News at 5:00 and 11:00 a.m. She began her career with Eyewitness News in 2003 as a reporter and anchor of Eyewitness News at Noon.
Sade joined Channel 7 from WBAL-TV in Baltimore, where she led the morning and noon newscasts and produced a weekly community affairs show. She formerly worked as a reporter for WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia, as a reporter trainee for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and as a production assistant for ABC News’ This Week with David Brinkley, Nightline, World News Tonight, and ABC News NewsOne.
Sade believes strongly in giving back to her community. She has collaborated with a variety of Tri-State organizations, community leaders, and students. Sade advocated for measures to address the rising problem of hit and run incidents after being hit by a hit and run vehicle while covering a story for Eyewitness News. She received the NJ Governor’s Representative Award for Traffic Safety in recognition of her work.
3. Sam Ryan
Sam Ryan is an Emmy-nominated sports anchor and reporter who returned to WABC in 2018. In 2002-2003, she worked as a weekend morning sports anchor and reporter at WABC before going on to ESPN as a full-time sideline reporter.
Sam covered several national sporting events while at ESPN and ABC Sports, including the NHL on ABC, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sunday Night Baseball, Home Run Derby, Little League World Series, College Football, and the 2005 Monday Night Football broadcasts.
Sam went on to contribute to CBS Sports’ coverage of The NFL on CBS and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. She was previously a studio host and reporter for the MLB Network, and she covered the MLB postseason as an in-game reporter for Turner Sports from 2015 to 2017.
4. Shirleen Allicot
Shirleen Allicot co-hosts Eyewitness News this Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon. Shirleen was the co-anchor of Action News at 4 on WPVI and Action News at 10 on WPHL in Philadelphia before joining WABC.
She has reported on everything from Hurricane Sandy to the Boston Marathon bombings to the catastrophic Amtrak crash in 2015. Some of her most notable events include interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House Kennedy Garden and providing live coverage from London during the 2018 Royal Wedding.
5. Michelle Charlesworth
Michelle Charlesworth is a reporter and co-anchor of WABC-renowned TV’s Saturday and Sunday Morning Eyewitness News. Michelle has reported from Israel and the occupied territories to the Oscars Red Carpet since joining the Eyewitness News team in 1998, but she is arguably best recognized for her award-winning coverage on her own fight with skin cancer. She received the renowned Gold Triangle Award for Journalism.
Michelle also hosts two Emmy Award-winning special shows on WABC-TV: Broadway Backstage, which previews the upcoming spring and autumn theatrical seasons, and Above and Beyond, which honors local high school students and teachers who have made a difference in their schools and communities.
Michelle formerly worked as a reporter/anchor for NBC 17 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She formerly worked at WCTI in New Bern, North Carolina, and WMGM in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
6. Brittany Bell
Brittany is an award-winning meteorologist who has acquired the American Meteorological Society’s renowned Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Brittany was chosen to participate in Mississippi State’s Great Plains storm chase while she was a student there. She spent a few weeks following tornadoes in tornado alley.
Her interest in weather began when she was a youngster. The Nashville F3 tornado in 1998 was a noteworthy incident that piqued her interest in severe weather. Brittany was at school when the tornado struck only a few miles distant. The meteorologists’ calm manner on TV encouraged her to be that voice of calm when severe weather struck.
Brittany has worked in different parts of the country, so she is accustomed to covering severe weather, like as tornadoes and snowstorms. During her senior year of college, she began her freelance career with WMC-TV in Memphis. She then worked at Northwest Arkansas’ 40/29, Jackson, Mississippi’s WAPT, and Raleigh, North Carolina’s ABC 11. She covered numerous major storms in North Carolina, including Florence, Dorian, and Isaias.
7. Sandra Bookman
Sandra began her career as a reporter for Eyewitness News in 1998 and was soon promoted to weekend anchor. She previously worked for WSB-TV in Atlanta, another major ABC station, where she was the weekend anchor for nine years.
She had worked as a weekend anchor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, and KFDM-TV in Beaumont, Texas, before joining WSB-TV. Sandra spent seven years as an Olympic Reporter. She was the sole local television reporter who covered the games from the time Atlanta was awarded the bid until the Olympic bombing in 1996. Sandra also covered the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain.
She has also reported on a global scale, including a series of stories from South Africa following Nelson Mandela’s release from a South African jail in 1990. Sandra has received three local Emmy awards, including a statue, for her Olympic coverage and reporting in the aftermath of the deadly Valuejet Airlines disaster in the Everglades.
8. Crystal Cranmore
Crystal Cranmore is the Race and Culture Reporter for WABC-Eyewitness TV’s News, New York’s number one news station. Crystal is overjoyed to be returning home to share your stories as a part of Channel 7’s iconic Eyewitness News Team – a dream come true! She was born in Manhattan and grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Crystal formerly worked for KYW-TV in Philadelphia before joining WABC-TV. She covered breaking news, general assignment and feature pieces, and enterprise stories. Her Emmy-nominated investigative reporting resulted in a reform in Philadelphia’s fire escape inspection rules.
Crystal formerly worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor/host at WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. She covered big breaking news stories and events, such as Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns in 2016, the destruction wrought by a rare storm, and the struggle to close Wilkes-Barre City Hall in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
9. Naveen Dhaliwal
Naveen Dhaliwal had aspired to be a journalist since she was a child. And that professional path has a very personal component to it. She left her job as a speech pathologist to pursue her love and returned to school. Naveen joined Eyewitness News as a reporter in February 2018 after working in several markets around the country.
Naveen worked as a morning program anchor/reporter for News 12 Westchester before joining WABC, where she spent numerous hours on the desk amid storm coverage and the MTA’s worst train tragedy in Valhalla in 2015.
She began her media career as an anchor, reporter, and producer at WETM-TV in Elmira, New York. She covered the Binghamton American Civic Association shooting extensively in 2009.
10. Lauren Glassberg
Lauren has been a part of the Eyewitness News Team since 2000 and is an Emmy-award winning journalist. She had worked as an anchor and reporter at stations in Akron, Little Rock, and Minneapolis before joining WABC TV. She began her career in journalism as a kid, reporting for the Main Street Wire, a newspaper on Roosevelt Island, New York.
It had always been her ambition to write about her hometown of New York City. She is mostly a feature and lifestyle reporter for WABC TV. Her restaurant highlights, called Neighborhood Eats, can be seen most Fridays at 5 p.m. on Eyewitness News.
She also fills in as an anchor on a regular basis. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She resides in New York City.
11. Candace McCowan
Candace McCowan joined the Eyewitness News team in December 2016 as a reporter. Candace worked as a political reporter and anchor at WFLA, Tampa’s NBC station, before joining WABC. Candace interviewed now-President Donald J. Trump, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and others in the race for the country’s greatest swing state.
She went to New Hampshire to cover the primary and many debates. Candace also hosted and produced a weekly political show on Sunday mornings. Candace also reported from Memphis, Tennessee, and Savannah, Georgia.
She grew raised in Alpharetta, Georgia, and attended the University of Alabama, where she earned a double degree in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. Candace and her husband Halton reside in Midtown Manhattan.
12. Darla Miles
Darla Miles joined the Eyewitness News Team in 2009 as a general assignment reporter, covering international breaking news topics such as the attempted terror explosion in Times Square and Dominique Strauss-arrest. Kahn’s She has interviewed celebrities such as Senator John McCain, Jesse Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey during her career as a reporter.
Darla formerly worked as a reporter/anchor for WFAA-TV in Dallas, where she was nominated for a Lone Star Emmy Award. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter for Raleigh’s WTVD-TV, where her reporting on the Duke University lacrosse rape case was featured as an ABC World News exclusive on Good Morning America. Darla also served as the Aiken Bureau Chief, anchor, and reporter for WJBF-TV in Augusta, Georgia.
Darla began her broadcasting career at WCLK Radio in Atlanta before moving on to ONDA Madrid Radio in Madrid, Spain. She then used her Spanish proficiency at CNN Radio Noticias and was a member of the initial team that founded CNN en Espaol as a 24-hour network. She was also a weekend anchor for CNN Headline News.
13. Heather O’Rourke
In 1992, Heather O’Rourke began reporting traffic in the tri-state area. She began as an intern and swiftly advanced to become a full-time traffic reporter in 1994. She joined Eyewitness News in 2002 as an afternoon traffic reporter. Heather began working on the morning team in January of 2013.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University. She has covered traffic on practically every radio station in the tri-state area, and she also worked as a fill-in news anchor on WPLJ-morning FM’s show for six years.
She has been nominated four times for the Achievement in Radio Award for Best Traffic Reporter, and she won it in 2001. Heather was awarded the George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award by Cook College At Rutgers University in 2012.
14. Nina Pineda
Nina Pineda works as a television journalist for WABC-TV in New York. She has covered some of her generation’s most important issues and is the face of WABC-“7 TV’s On Your Side.” For the previous 4 years, Nina and her team at Channel 7 reached a milestone for Channel 7 viewers – aiding victims of Superstorm Sandy, and deceived customers get back more than $1,000,000 through the station’s trouble-shooting and consumer support section.
Nina’s live reporting has brought her from the epicenter of some of the biggest natural disasters in US history, Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, to some of the country’s most momentous occasions, President Barack Obama’s inauguration and the 9/11 attacks.
Nina’s stories from underneath the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 helped her and her colleagues at WABC and ABC News win the coveted Peabody Award for Excellence in Journalism. The dusty red attire she wore, a red suit and black shoes, as well as a clip reel of her reporting, have been preserved in a Smithsonian exhibit on 9/11 at the Senator John Heinz History Center in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.
15. Kemberly Richardson
Kemberly Richardson is a journalist who has won many Emmy Awards. Her flexibility as a reporter is obvious in her work; she has covered a wide range of issues in the United States, the Caribbean, and internationally.
The Syracuse University alumna began her career at WNET in New York City. Kemberly then moved to Indiana to work as a reporter for WPTA, and then to California to report for KNTV in San Jose.
She subsequently returned to her hometown of New York City. Kemberly joined FOX 5 in New York, was a member of the national on-air team that debuted BET Nightly News, and worked with public relations executive Fleishman Hillard.
Kemberly joined WABC in 2003 and remains in the spotlight, bringing viewers up to date on breaking news and special interviews. From the September 11th terrorist attack in New York to Super Bowls, fashion week, William and Kate’s Royal wedding in London, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and countless interviews with celebrities and other public figures, Kemberly takes pride in finding fascinating stories and telling them in unforgettable ways.
16. Stacey Sager
In 1996, Stacey Sager joined the Channel 7 Eyewitness News crew. She has covered a wide range of local, national, and international stories since then, including the Bush-Gore presidential race, the war in Kosovo, the Al Qaeda prisoners in Cuba, Timothy McVeigh’s execution, the death of JFK junior, the crash of TWA Flight 800, and the horrific September 11th attacks.
After spending hours with families anxiously seeking for loved ones slain in the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Stacey immediately realized how tough and personal her profession as a journalist is. The agony of that week was something she never expected to witness as a journalist or as a human being.
Stacey’s first television employment was at a tiny station in Bangor, Maine. She went on to work as a reporter for WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island.
Stacey has garnered multiple Emmy nominations during her career, and she was won the trophy for her coverage of the 2007 steampipe explosion in midtown Manhattan. She and her team were among the first on the site and stayed for hours throughout live coverage. She also received the National Conference of Christians and Jews’ renowned Michael P. Metcalf Media Award.
17. Shannon Sohn
Shannon Sohn has spent the previous 10 years as a part of the Eyewitness News Team. Shannon has covered every significant incident in the last decade, from the Staten Island Ferry Crash to the 2003 blackout to the Midtown Steam Pipe Explosion, as our helicopter reporter at the helm of the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.
Her coverage of 9/11 earned her a Peabody award, and in 2005, her coverage of the crash of Chopper 4 earned her the distinction of becoming the country’s first helicopter reporter to receive a National Emmy. She has also been featured in the journal “The New Yorker.”
Shannon worked as an AP-award winning reporter/anchor for WCTC News Radio in New Brunswick before being assigned to NewsCopter 7 at Metro Traffic. She also did traffic from an airplane for WCTC, WPLJ, WABC, and Z100. Shannon previously attended Rutgers University, where she majored in Journalism and Communications. She later earned a degree in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
18. Kristin Thorne
Kristin Thorne is the Eyewitness News Long Island correspondent for WABC-TV. Kristin was a reporter for News 12 Westchester before joining the Eyewitness News team in January 2012. She had previously worked for WHTM-TV ABC 27 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Kristin enjoys being a part of the Long Island community. She is a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, and the Boy Scouts. At her church, she is both a Eucharistic minister and a lector.
Kristin received her magna cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s famed Medill School of Journalism.
She is the recipient of an Emmy Award and has been nominated for other Emmys. She has also earned two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple Folio awards, which recognize the finest in Long Island journalism. At the 2021 Long Island International Film Expo, she received the “Excellence in Newscasting Award.”
19. Lucy Yang
Lucy Yang has been an Eyewitness News general assignment correspondent since 1993. She has covered stories such as the subway firebombing, the Princess Diana scandal in London, and the Central Park murder.
Lucy worked as a reporter for WPVI-Action TV’s News in Philadelphia for four years before joining ABC7. She formerly worked as a reporter for WGLI-The TV’s Long Island Report and as a writer and producer for the ten o’clock news on WNEW-TV in New York.
Lucy holds a B.A. in sociology from Princeton University.
20. Toni Yates
Toni Yates grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She is a proud Seminole, having earned a Communications degree from Florida State University.
Toni began her career in Savannah, Georgia, first as a reporter at WTOC and subsequently as a weekend co-anchor at WSAV. She has returned to her hometown twice, first as a reporter for WTLV and then as a weekend co-anchor for WJXT.
She also worked two jobs in Norfolk, Virginia, one as a morning newscaster and the other as the Communications Director for the March of Dimes.
Toni headed to the east coast, where she landed a position as a General Assignment reporter at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She joined WABC after working on WB 17 in Philadelphia for several years, where she rose from weekend anchor-medical reporter to weekday anchor.