Star Struck

Journalism is not known as a lucrative profession, but for the most prominent network stars there is a payoff:

Network Stars' Salaries

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR (CNN) : She just signed for $2 million/year for three years to become the highest-paid field correspondent in TV news

TOM BROKAW (NBC): Reportedly earns over $1 million a year

KATIE COURIC (NBC): Reportedly earns over $1 million a year

SAM DONALDSON (ABC): Reportedly earns $2 million a year

BRYANT GUMBEL (NBC): Reportedly earns well over $1 million a year

PETER JENNINGS (ABC): Reportedly earns several million dollars a year

TED KOPPEL (ABC): Reportedly earns $6 million a year

DAN RATHER (CBS): Reportedly earns $5 million a year on a contract that runs to 2000

DIANE SAWYER (ABC): According to USA Today , her annual salary is $7 million a year

BARBARA WALTERS: Reportedly has a base salary range of $4 million with additional fees for her specials that add up to an annual salary in the $7 to $8 million range.


Lecture Circuit Fees

Fred Barnes
(Commentator on "CBS This Morning," "The McLaughlin Group" and "Crossfire")
$5,000
Margaret Carlson
(TIME Magazine columnist and member of "The Capital Gang")
$10,000
Sam Donaldson
(ABC News Correspondent)
$30,000
Howard Fineman
(Frequent panelist on PBS's "Washington Week in Review"; Newsweek columnist)
$5,000
David Gergen
earned for fifty speeches in the first half of 1993
(U.S News Columnist)
$239,000
Chris Matthews
(Host of "Politics with Chris Matthews" and a syndicated columnist)
$5,000-$6,000
Lisa Myers
(NBC News Correspondent)
$7,500

Clarence Page
(Chicago Tribune columnist and National Public Radio commentator)

$5,000 -$6,000
Cokie Roberts
(ABC News Correspondent)
$20,000
Cokie and Steve Roberts
(for joint speech to Chicago's Northern Trust Bank)
(He is a frequent panelist on PBS's "Washington Week in Review" and a former writer for U.S. News)
$45,000

Tim Russert
(Host of NBC's "Meet the Press")

$20,000

William Safire
(Panelist on NBC's "Meet the Press" and a New York Times columnist)

$20,000
Lesley Stahl
for moderating a 1995 program for CIGNA
(CBS News"60 Minutes" Correspondent)
$20,000

Mike Wallace
(CBS News "60 Minutes" Correspondent)

$25,000

George Will
in mid-80s if travel involved. Fees doubled by the1990s
(Commentator on ABC's "This Week with David Brinkley" and syndicated columnist)

$15,000

Judy Woodruff
(CNN Anchor and Correspondent)

$7,500

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