Lori Stokes Bio, Father, Mother, Husband, Salary, Net Worth, Fox 5 NY WNYW

Lori Stokes Biography

Lori Stokes is a journalist and news anchor from the United States. She is the nightly news anchor for Fox 5 NY WNYW in New York City on the 5, 6, and 10 o’clock news. She previously co-hosted Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto on Fox 5 NY WNYW.


How old is Lori Stokes? – Age

She is 58 years old as of 16 September 2020. She was born in 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

Who are Lori Stokes Parents? -Family

She is the daughter of Louis Stokes the late attorney, civil rights pioneer, and politician, and Jay Stokes. Her siblings are Angela R. Stokes, Chuck Stokes, and Shelley Stokes-Hammond.

Who is Lori Stokes Husband? – Marriage

She was married to Brian Thompson. They together have two daughters Nicolette Thompson and Alexandra Thompson and are currently divorced.

How much money is Lori Stokes Net Worth? – Salary

She earns an annual salary of $500,000. Her house is worth $2 million and she has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

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Lori Stokes Career

In 1986, Stokes began her journalism career at WCIA in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, as a medical reporter and later as a weekend co-anchor. Then, in 1988, she went to work for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a reporter and weekend anchor. She was popular with the viewers in that state for two years.

Stokes then worked for WBFF-TV, Baltimore’s Fox station, as a crime and street reporter. Finally, as the primary female anchor of WJLA-6 TV’s p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, Stokes gained valuable experience for a full-time anchor position. From 1992 through 1996, she worked there. Stokes then joined MSNBC shortly after its launch. She was one of the first African Americans to talk on the 24-hour cable news network and one of the first anchors on the 24-hour cable news network. In 2000, MSNBC hired newcomer “girl in glasses” Ashleigh Banfield, who replaced Stokes on MSNBC’s Today in America. Stokes worked for NBC News as a newsreader for “NBC Sunrise” and “Weekend Today” on a rotating basis.

Stokes covered the Columbine High School Massacre and the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1999 during her time at the cable TV station. Robb Hanrahan, who co-anchored the station’s 5 p.m. news with Roz Abrams and had previously co-anchored the morning news, was teamed with Stokes. The new anchors, who took over for Nancy Loo and David Ushery, did not perform as well as WABC had intended. In December 2000, Hanrahan was replaced on the morning news by Steve Bartelstein, a weekend sports anchor for WABC-TV.

Stokes and Bartelstein proved to be a good team, and they finally helped Eyewitness News This Morning reclaim the number one spot it had previously held. The two eventually took over as anchors for Eyewitness News at Noon, replacing Nancy Loo and David Ushery for the second time. Stokes was succeeded on the noon newscast by Sade Baderinwa for a brief period in 2003. When Roz Abrams departed the station and was replaced by Baderinwa, Stokes resumed anchoring the midday newscast.

Stokes was the sole anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon from Tuesday, March 13, 2007, through Wednesday, July 4, 2007. From March to July, she was joined by a revolving roster of reporters until Steve Bartelstein was permanently replaced by reporter Ken Rosato. Rosato officially takes over as her morning and lunchtime co-anchor on July 9, 2007. The morning program was stretched to start at 4:30 a.m. in 2010, and the midday news was expanded to a full hour in fall 2014, lengthening Stokes’ and Rosato’s already long days. WABC vowed to relieve both of them of their noon duties as part of the expansion, allowing them to focus on the morning news. That commitment was maintained, as Stokes and Rosato handed over the noon shift to David Navarro and Shirleen Allicot in June 2015.

Lori Stokes announced her departure from Eyewitness News in August 2017. Stokes will begin her first day on Fox-5 WNYW on October 4, 2017, as co-host of Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto, replacing Greg Kelly, who supposedly left on his own terms at Fox 5 WNYW.