Who is Lori Stokes?
Lori Stokes was born on 16 September 1962, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and is a journalist as well as a news anchor, probably best known for being the co-host of the show “Good Day New York” alongside Rosanna Scotto, which airs on Fox 5 NY WNYW. Prior to this job, she was the co-anchor of “Eyewitness News This Morning”.
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The Wealth of Lori Stokes
How rich is Lori Stokes? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $10 million, earned through a successful career on television. She’s earned high valued contracts as well as several honors thanks to her career achievements. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Very little is known about Lori’s life before her rise to fame on television, as she has not shared details regarding her childhood and family. After completing her college degrees in Ohio State University and Howard University, she began her journalism career as a medical reporter and weekend co-anchor for the Champiang-Urbana, Illinois-based station WCIA. She stayed there for two years from 1986 to 1988 before moving to work for Charlotte, North Carolina’s WBTV.
After another two years, she moved to the Baltimore Fox station WBFF-TV, working as a street reporter and crime reporter, then gained her first full-time anchor experience afterwards, becoming the lead of WJLA-TV’s evening newscasts in Washington DC. She stayed with the company until 1996 and then moved to MSNBC around the time when the company was just beginning, becoming one of the original anchors of the 24 hour cable news channel, and also the first African-American to speak on MSNBC, and during her time there, covered numerous high profile news stories.
Eyewitness News This Morning
Stokes later moved to ABC and partnered with Robb Hanrahan, replacing anchors Nancy Loo along with David Ushery. However, the pairing did not work as well as expected, and Robb was taken off the morning news, replaced by the weekend sports anchor Steve Bartelstein. This new pairing worked well, and the two were responsible for helping popularize the show “Eyewitness News This Morning” as it had fallen off the ratings. The show returned to its top position, and so they later also took over anchoring duties for “Eyewitness News at Noon”.
In 2003, she was removed for a brief time from the noon newscast and was replaced by Sade Baderinwa, however, she returned to the noon newscast after Roz Abrams left the station, leading to a shift in positions once more. The name of the show is a reference to the style of news broadcasting often implemented by local television stations around the world. These types of news often emphasise action video shots as well as other visual elements. It soon became a popular form of news casting, replacing a lot of the man-on-camera newscasts styles of older days.
Moving to Fox 5
In 2007, Lori had become the sole anchor of both “Eyewitness News” from morning to noon – a roster of rotating reporters would join her during this period until Ken Rosato was chosen to become a permanent co-anchor. Three years later, the newscast expanded to start airing early in the morning at 4:30 AM, and in 2014 the noontime news expanded another full hour. This in turn became very long work days for Lori, which started to burn her out, so ABC eventually promised to relieve them of their duties so that she could focus on the morning news, which eventually happened in 2015.
However, two years after the transition, she decided to leave the network all together to become a part of Fox 5 and their new show called “Good Day New York”. The program as the name implies airs during the morning, and has been running since 1988, airing from 4:30 to 10 in the morning. The show focuses on general news, weather and traffic, with later hours incorporating entertainment segments.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Stokes married Brian Thompson and they have two children together. According to reports, the two met during a job interview for the CBC affiliate WBTV. However, their marriage eventually encountered serious problems which led to a divorce. She is very close to her children as evident from her posts online.
— Lori Stokes TV (@loristokes) June 27, 2019
Similar to numerous broadcast personalities, she is highly active online through accounts on major social media websites. She has an account on Instagram on which she has over 31,000 followers and it posts a lot of behind the scenes photos while she is working. She posts a lot of photos alongside her co-workers while also posting a few of her daily endeavors. She does her best to remain fit and usually goes out for a jog during her free time. She also has a Twitter account which has over 4,000 followers and she uses the platform to promote some of her recent and upcoming broadcasts. She has a Facebook page too, with over 5,000 ‘likes’, showcasing videos taken by her network, promotions, and other personal photos including those with her family members.