Not only is Laura Coates a Chief Legal Analyst for CNN, but she’s also an attorney, having earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After serving as an associate attorney at Faegre & Benson and later Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, & Friedman in New York City, Coates worked for the United States Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor.
She then became a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. In 2016, she jumped ship in order to join the CNN legal team as an analyst, and she’s worked her way up from there. She has plenty of space left to grow in her career, but she’s already earning almost a hundred thousand a year.
Zain Asher - $150,000
A British-Nigerian news anchor working for CNN International, Zain Asher is the lead on the global primetime news show “One World with Zain Asher,” which looks at news from all over the world. She’s also a published author thanks to her memoir “Where the Children Take Us.” Asher graduated from Oxford University with degrees in, of all things, French and Spanish, and then she went on to attend graduate school at Columbia University in New York.
She got a master’s degree in journalism there. Before she got a job as a reporter, she worked as a receptionist at a production company and as a freelance reporter, but her life changed a great deal when she had a chance to meet with a CNN executive.
Alisyn Camerota - $3 Million
Nobody who is a host of “CNN Tonight” has to beg for change, and Alisyn Camerota is no exception. She makes something like three million dollars a year. She’s been nominated for two Emmy Awards, she’s a former host for the CNN show “New Day,” and she was a co-host for the show “CNN Newsroom.” She’s covered a great deal of different topics, from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels and even the Parkland school shooting.
She’s been very active in political coverage, to boot. She’s held dozens of panels with supporters of Donald Trump during the 2016 election period, she’s covered the Me Too movement, and she has hosted several primetime specials on sexual harassment and sexual assault on college campuses. She was also a presenter on “Fox News.”
Becky Anderson - $110,000
A British journalist, Becky Anderson, serves as an anchor for “CNN International” on “Connect the World.” Prior to that, she hosted “Business International,” a business news program. When she got her start, she was working for Bloomberg and CNBC, but she’s been with CNN since all the way back in 1999. Her degree comes from Sussex University in the United Kingdom, and it’s in economics. She’s now based in CNN’s Abu Dhabi bureau.
One of her best skills is that of interviewing – she’s been able to sit down with world leaders like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, South African President Jacob Zuma, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and even UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. For that hard work, she makes over a hundred thousand dollars a year.
Pamela Brown - $80,000
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Pamela Brown is the daughter of the former Governor of Kentucky, John Y. Brown Jr. While it’s taken some time to get out of her father’s shadow, Brown is certainly on her way there. She is presently the weekend anchor and senior Washington Correspondent for CNN after working for ABC Washington, D.C., and the WJLA-TV affiliate.
She’s also served as a fill-in anchor for numerous shows on CNN, including “At This Hour with Kate Bolduan,” “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” “Erin Burnett OutFront,” and “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer.” She’s currently the host of the three-hour news show “CNN Newsroom,” which is on during the weekends. It seems to only be a matter of time before Brown gets her own eponymous show.