• Lori Stokes is an American journalist and television news anchor.
• Her father Louis Stokes was the first black congressman in Ohio.
• Lori graduated from Howard University and began her career at age 2•
• She won a Congressional Black Caucus Celebration of Leadership Award and a George P. Foster Peabody Award.
• Her estimated net worth is $10 million.
Who is Lori Stokes?
Lori was born in Cleveland, Ohio US on 6 September, 1962 under the zodiac sign of Virgo, she is of African and American descent and she holds American nationality. She is best known for her career of a journalist while she is also a television news anchor. Her parents are Louis and Jay Stokes and she has two sisters and one brother – Lori is the youngest of them. Her brother Chuck is also a journalist while her sister Angela R. Stokes works at Cleveland Municipal Court as a judge.
Lori’s father was an attorney and a politician who went on to be elected as the first black congressman in Ohio. During the Cold War era, he served as one of the chairmen in the House Intelligence Committee. He was in charge of leading Special House Investigation in the cases of murder of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. On 18 August, 2015, Louis died in his house in Cleveland from brain and lung cancer – he was 95 at the time of his death.
Early life and education
Lori grew up in Washington D.C. She attended Ohio States University and then switched to Howard University from which she graduated. She became interested in journalism during her studies.
Lori began her career when she was 24. She was working in Illinois as a medical reporter and then for the WCIA station. She had a co-anchoring job in the station and was also a weekend reporter. After WCIA, she moved to North Carolina and started working for the WBTV station – she stayed with them for two years and became popular within the state. She also worked for WBFF TV in Baltimore as a street and crime reporter and then as WJLA-TV’s lead woman anchor where she stayed for four years. Lori was the first African American woman who spoke on the cable news network while she was working as an anchor for MSNBC.
In 2000, she moved to New York and started working as a host of “Eyewitness News This Morning” and “Eyewitness News at Noon” on WABC TV. Lori is mostly known for her works in these shows and she stayed on this job for 17 years before quitting in August, 2017 – it wasn’t easy for her to quit since she spent so much time there so she had to consult her daughters and her mom before she decided to leave WABC. During her career, Lori managed to cover some of the major activities that happened in US such as the death of John F. Kennedy Jr, and the Columbine High School Massacre. She is currently working as a co-host for “Good Day New York” on WNYW.
Lori was married to Brian Thompson whom she met during the job intern for CBC affiliate WBTV. Brian is also a journalist and a TV reporter who won an Emmy award for his work. The two of them dated for two years before they decided to get married. They are parents to two daughters – Nicolette and Alexandra Thompson. They divorced some time later and the reasons behind their divorce are unknown. Lori appears to be single at the moment and didn’t marry again after her she and Brian separated.
She was always supporting numerous community and charity organizations, especially after her father died. These ogranizations include Table to Table, bergenPac and triple-negative breast cancer.
Appearance and net worth
Lori is now 56 years old. She has long black hair and black eyes. She is about 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 154lbs (70kg). Lori has a slim figure.
According to authoritative sources, Lori’s net worth is estimated to be around $10 million. She is said to be receiving an annual salary of $500,000 and she also lives in a home in New York which is worth $2 million.
Social media presence
She first started her Twitter account in April, 2009 and has so far tweeted 1,400 times and gathered nearly 4,000 followers. She also has an Instagram account with 570 posts and more than 25,000 followers. She mostly uploads pictures taken during her shows but you can also see her with her friends and her family. You can find her on Facebook as well where she has 5,000 followers.
My dear friend & extraordinary restauranteur Michael Lomonaco of @porterhouse_ny gives me the 1st tour of Hudson Yards Grill! One of hundreds of restaurants @HudsonYardsNY join us tomorrow at 9:30am for a @fox5ny special #GDNYATHUDSONYARDS pic.twitter.com/6ymnCaM2jU
— Lori Stokes TV (@loristokes) February 14, 2019
Lori won the George P. Foster Peabody Award for her coverage of 9/11 event when four coordinated terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda occurred. For being a good civic role model, she won a Congressional Black Caucus Celebration of Leadership Award.
Loris is a big fan of “Cleveland Indians” baseball team. Lori also wanted to become a writer, her dream was to be the next Sidney Sheldon – ‘I wanted to write romance, sexy novels. However, I realized it would take forever for me to become accomplished enough to do that, I was at Ohio State for a year and a half, and I just didn’t find my place there. It was 62,000 people at the time’.