Influential Journalists on the Time 100 List

Of the more than 7 billion people inhabiting our Earth, only 100 are chosen each year by Time magazine for its “Most Influential People in the World” list.

The 2014 Time 100 list came out in April featuring politicians and activists, athletes and artists, entrepreneurs and moguls, economists, designers, inventors and engineers. They are “people born on six continents, ranging in age from 16 to 78,” described Times’ managing editor Nancy Gibbs in her piece “The Ties That Bind the 100” (April 24, 2014).

Gibbs added, “As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”

At least two journalists were counted among Time’s 100 Most Influencing People for 2014: Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly; and award winning broadcast journalist, Charlie Rose.

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly is the anchor of Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File”. She was included among the Time 100 “Pioneers” for 2014.

Some of her previous roles with Fox have included hosting America Live, co-anchoring America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer, and in 2012, co-hosting America’s Election HQ with Bret Baier.

Kelly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Syracuse University) and her Juris Doctor (law degree) from Albany Law School.

For almost a decade Kelly practiced law (for Bickel & Brewer LLP and then Jones Day).

Kelly began her broadcast journalism career at WJLA-TV (ABC 7). (However, during law school she was an editor at the Albany Law Review.) For WJLA-TV, she covered such stories as the D.C. sniper attacks and the 2004 presidential election.

When Brit Hume (now Fox News Channel’s senior political analyst) saw Kelly’s audition tape he knew the network had to hire her. He urged Roger Ailes, Fox News’ chair, to create a spot for Kelly (then Megyn Kendall).

From the start, Megyn gave us insightful Supreme Court coverage, and she was among the first to spot flaws in the false rape charges against the Duke lacrosse players,” wrote Hume in his essay about Kelly for the Time 100 list. “She was too good to last as a mere correspondent, and she didn’t. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose is the host and executive editor of the Charlie Rose Show, an interview show on PBS. He is also a co-anchor on CBS This Morning. He was included among the Time 100 “Icons” for 2014.

Some of Rose’s previous positions have included a correspondent on 60 Minutes, anchor of CBS News Nightwatch (his interview with Charles Manson won him an Emmy), and a political correspondent for NBC News.

Rose completed a Bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University. (He had been intending to study pre-med, but realized he had different interests after interning for a senator). Rose also earned a Juris Doctor degree from Duke’s Law School.

Rose began his journalism career freelancing for the BBC (New York bureau) and as a weekend reporter for WPIX-TV. When he met Bill Moyers at an event they clicked. PBS hired Rose to be the managing editor of Bill Moyers’ International Report and then executive producer of Bill Moyers’ Journal.

The Charlie Rose Show has been nationally syndicated since 1993 after making its PBS debut in 1991.

Former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, described Rose as “the most disarming man in America. And as a result, he’s one of the most important and influential people in journalism” in his essay for the Time 100 list.

Bloomberg also wrote:

“Charlie’s long-form interviews are substantive, thoughtful and probing. It’s conversation the way we experience it with good friends and family. We reflect. We open up. We talk about issues that matter. Charlie’s interviews allow us to sit in on those kinds of conversations with the most interesting people in the world. And that allows us to hear an honesty that is too often missing from the public discourse.”

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Michelle Brunet is a freelance writer who contributes to numerous print and online publications, including JournalismDegree.com. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies/Biology and a B.Ed. Prior to writing, Michelle spent time teaching (in Canada and South Korea), volunteering on an organic farm in Ontario, camp counseling in Hong Kong, and a range of other short term gigs, from waitressing at a resort to separating recyclables on a conveyor belt. She loves meeting new people and is constantly fascinated by their unique stories.