The greatest news anchors, reporters, and investigative journalists are often heralded in the media for their bravery, their insight, and their willingness to speak truth to power. But far less often are they praised for another metric: Sexiness.
And while it's true looks aren't everything, that doesn't mean we can't take this time of year to look back and reflect, and maybe even list the sexiest news media people of 2016, and thank them for steaming up our TV sets, both with their smoldering looks and their journalistic integrity.
Luckily, Mediaite has done it for you already by publishing its list of the 50 sexiest people in news media for 2016 — though the selection of images isn't as fair as it could be.
In that spirit, Independent Journal Review has trimmed the fat off that list and narrowed it down to eight sexy journalists.
So without further ado, here's IJR's list of the eight sexiest news media personalities of 2016.
Probably the most obvious choice on the list and for good reason: Kelly's on fire. The already incredibly popular Fox news anchor was thrown fully into the spotlight this year for her very public battle with President-elect Donald Trump — but it's just one in a long string of this gutsy, intelligent, and incisive journalist proving that her movie-star looks are the least remarkable thing about her.
The stunning Lara Spencer first came to public attention for being a co-host on PBS's “Antiques Roadshow,” but since then Spencer has become a beloved co-host on ABC's “Good Morning America,” with her sunny charms, natural and seemingly ageless beauty, and occasional shows of impressive athleticism contributing heavily to the show's continued success.
She's also a tough cookie — during a recent hip replacement surgery that kept her off the air for awhile, Spencer opted not to be knocked out and was totally awake during the entire procedure.
Love him or hate him, agree with his left-leaning politics or not, there's no denying CNN anchor Van Jones supplements his lady-killer good looks with dollops of charm and a fierce intelligence that easily puts him on the list for 2016.
The lovely Ana Kasparian, co-host of the ultra-leftist YouTube news channel The Young Turks, certainly deserves a spot on the list. Even if you vehemently disagree with her outspoken progressive opinions, you've got to admit she's not only beautiful, but intelligent, articulate, and fearless when it comes to tackling issues important to her.
Having appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, and now having a regular gig on ABC's “Good Morning America,” TJ Holmes' face is a familiar one to many — and a welcome sight at, that, given the 39-year-old's endless charisma and undeniable good looks.
With her striking beauty, unusual first name, and reliably insightful commentary, Jedediah Bila is an easy choice for the list. The 37-year-old former high school academic dean has moved from Fox to her current position at ABC, but she's also proven to be a valuable asset to “The View,” and continues to be an influential force in news media.
The conservative bombshell has taken to task both liberals and conservatives during her career as pundit, host, and commentator for various media outlets including The Blaze, Breitbart, and Radio America.
Unafraid and unapologetic, she's a polarizing figure — at one point publicly defending a group of Marines that had urinated on the corpses of fallen Taliban fighters — but with her wit, all-around smarts, and natural beauty, she's a shoe-in for the list.