The Most Famous

JOURNALISTS from United States

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This page contains a list of the greatest American Journalists. The pantheon dataset contains 129 Journalists, 36 of which were born in United States. This makes United States the birth place of the most number of Journalists.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary American Journalists of all time. This list of famous American Journalists is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of American Journalists.

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1. Dorothea Lange (1895 - 1965)

With an HPI of 72.58, Dorothea Lange is the most famous American Journalist.  Her biography has been translated into 48 different languages on wikipedia.

Dorothea Lange (born Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn; May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs influenced the development of documentary photography and humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.

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2. John Reed (1887 - 1920)

With an HPI of 72.06, John Reed is the 2nd most famous American Journalist.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

John "Jack" Silas Reed (October 22, 1887 – October 17, 1920) was an American journalist, poet, and Communist activist. Reed first gained prominence as a war correspondent during the first World War, and later became best known for his coverage of the October Revolution in Petrograd, Russia, which he wrote about in his 1919 book Ten Days That Shook the World.

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3. Anna Politkovskaya (1958 - 2006)

With an HPI of 70.80, Anna Politkovskaya is the 3rd most famous American Journalist.  Her biography has been translated into 69 different languages.

Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (Russian: Анна Степановна Политковская, IPA: [ˈanːə sʲtʲɪˈpanəvnə pəlʲɪtˈkofskəjə]; Ukrainian: Ганна Степанівна Політковська, IPA: [ˈɦɑnːɐ steˈpɑn⁽ʲ⁾iu̯nɐ pol⁽ʲ⁾itˈkɔu̯sʲkɐ]; née Mazepa, Мазепа, IPA: [mɐˈzɛpɐ]; 30 August 1958 – 7 October 2006) was a Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist who reported on political events in Russia, in particular, the Second Chechen War (1999–2005).It was her reporting from Chechnya that made Politkovskaya's national and international reputation. For seven years, she refused to give up reporting on the war despite numerous acts of intimidation and violence. Politkovskaya was arrested by Russian military forces in Chechnya and subjected to a mock execution. She was poisoned while flying from Moscow via Rostov-on-Don to help resolve the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis, and had to turn back, requiring careful medical treatment in Moscow to restore her health. Her post-1999 articles about conditions in Chechnya were turned into books several times; Russian readers' main access to her investigations and publications was through Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper known for its often-critical investigative coverage of Russian political and social affairs. From 2000 onwards, she received numerous international awards for her work. In 2004, she published Putin's Russia, a personal account of Russia for a Western readership.On 7 October 2006, she was murdered in the elevator of her block of flats, an assassination that attracted international attention. In June 2014, five men were sentenced to prison for the murder, but it is still unclear who ordered or paid for the contract killing.

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4. Lee Miller (1907 - 1977)

With an HPI of 68.64, Lee Miller is the 4th most famous American Journalist.  Her biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Elizabeth "Lee" Miller, Lady Penrose (April 23, 1907 – July 21, 1977), was an American photographer and photojournalist. She was a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris, where she became a fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she was a war correspondent for Vogue, covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau.

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5. Walker Evans (1903 - 1975)

With an HPI of 67.80, Walker Evans is the 5th most famous American Journalist.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans's work from the FSA period uses the large-format, 8×10-inch (200×250 mm) view camera. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are "literate, authoritative, transcendent".Many of his works are in the permanent collections of museums and have been the subject of retrospectives at such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or George Eastman Museum.

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6. Charles Dow (1851 - 1902)

With an HPI of 66.99, Charles Dow is the 6th most famous American Journalist.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Charles Henry Dow (; November 6, 1851 – December 4, 1902) was an American journalist who co-founded Dow Jones & Company with Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser. Dow also co-founded The Wall Street Journal, which has become one of the most respected financial publications in the world. He also invented the Dow Jones Industrial Average as part of his research into market movements. He developed a series of principles for understanding and analyzing market behavior which later became known as Dow theory, the groundwork for technical analysis.

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7. W. Eugene Smith (1918 - 1978)

With an HPI of 66.96, W. Eugene Smith is the 7th most famous American Journalist.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

William Eugene Smith (December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978) was an American photojournalist. He has been described as "perhaps the single most important American photographer in the development of the editorial photo essay." His major photo essays include World War II photographs, the dedication of an American country doctor and a nurse midwife, the clinic of Albert Schweitzer in French Equatorial Africa, the city of Pittsburgh, and the pollution which damaged the health of the residents of Minamata in Japan. His 1948 series, Country Doctor, photographed for Life, is now recognized as "the first extended editorial photo story".

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8. Steve McCurry (1950 - )

With an HPI of 65.58, Steve McCurry is the 8th most famous American Journalist.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Steve McCurry (born April 23, 1950) is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographic several times. McCurry has photographed many assignments for National Geographic and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1986.McCurry is the recipient of numerous awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded by the National Press Photographers Association; the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal; and two first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest (1985 and 1992).

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9. Eddie Adams (1933 - 2004)

With an HPI of 65.08, Eddie Adams is the 9th most famous American Journalist.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Edward Thomas Adams (June 12, 1933 – September 19, 2004) was an American photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and for coverage of 13 wars. He is best known for his photograph of the summary execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém, a Viet Cong prisoner, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1969. Adams was a resident of Bogota, New Jersey.

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10. Joe Rosenthal (1911 - 2006)

With an HPI of 65.03, Joe Rosenthal is the 10th most famous American Journalist.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Joseph John Rosenthal (October 9, 1911 – August 20, 2006) was an American photographer who received the Pulitzer Prize for his iconic World War II photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken during the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima. His picture became one of the best-known photographs of the war, and was replicated as the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

Pantheon has 36 people classified as journalists born between 1851 and 2000. Of these 36, 13 (36.11%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living journalists include Steve McCurry, James Nachtwey, and Dan Rather. The most famous deceased journalists include Dorothea Lange, John Reed, and Anna Politkovskaya. As of October 2020, 5 new journalists have been added to Pantheon including Malcolm Browne, Frances Benjamin Johnston, and Richard Corliss.

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