Old Boys' Networks No More: TV's New Female Stars

Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Campbell Brown 'redefining broadcast careers'
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2008 12:14 PM CST
CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric rehearses for Election Night on Oct. 31, 2008, in New York.    (AP Photo/CBS, John P. Filo)
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(Newser) – The world of television news can be a journalistic proving ground during tumultuous times, and three women have bubbled to the top of the white-guy-dominated realm. Vogue takes a look at one veteran and two up-and-comers who have caught the mag's eye:

  • Katie Couric—After months of ridicule and low ratings as the new CBS Evening News anchor, she's basking in a post-election glow. "I feel relieved and happy that I was in charge of a presidential election for a major network and actually did a good job," she says. "That's sort of a feather in my cap."

  • Rachel Maddow—The wisecracking former Air America host's MSNBC show premiered in September and quickly became a smart-kid hit. "I guess I'm interested in making fun of bad ideas, regardless of who has them," she says.
  • Campbell Brown—The relentlessly cheerful anchor dragged CNN's election coverage out of its quicksand of mediocrity, and has found her voice with Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull. "People are more intelligent than television would have them be," she says.