Global strife, political warfare, and economic despair have never been sexier. By Jordan Burchette
Amy Robach, NBC- All the recent wailing about America's unemployment rate overlooks some of its benefits, namely the additional time it affords you with the hottest host in Today Show history. Her fill-in work at the news desk and on the NBC Nightly News has been par excellence, a term we know only because it's a synonym for "nifty" on Webster.com.
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Megyn Kelly, Fox News- Like Nancy Grace, she's a tough former attorney who found a calling on cable news. Unlike Nancy Grace, she's not gross. This O'Reilly-in-training lights up mornings as co-host of America's News Room (weekdays 9-11 AM EST), but is most welcome as a periodic replacement host for boner assassin Greta Van Susteren.
Erin Burnett, CNBC- The playful overnight successor to Maria Bartiromo, CNBC's weekday Street Sweetie anchors Squawk on the Street (9-11 AM EST) and Street Signs (2-3 PM EST). She's also a regular on NBC's Today Show, Nightly News, and Chris Matthews' occasional slimy on-air maneuver.
Betty Nguyen, CNN- More remarkable than her escape as an infant from the fall of Saigon is this Texas Longhorn's mutant ability to make us care about news when there are cartoons on. As host of CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Sunday Morning, Betty makes news fun, adorable, and six inches bigger. (What? She stands on a box, perv.)
Jenna Lee, Fox Business Channel- Slate.com recently bemoaned "foxtrots" like Jenna, but we bemoan Slate's bemoanery. She was the first thing broadcast upon FBC's debut in 2007 (Fox Business Morning, 5-7 AM EST), and we haven't been able to take our eyes off Jenna's sultry Wall Street dispatches, corporate earnings reports, and titter—er, ticker—updates since.
Deirdre Bolton, Bloomberg- The most bookish of the ladies on our list, Deirdre is all business as the host of In Focus—and it sets our cell phone holsters aflame. You used to have to rise at 5 AM on weekdays to get your Bolt on, but the suits at Bloomberg, astutely recognizing the pile of money they have in Deirdre, now let her sleep in 'til noon.
Julie Banderas, Fox News- Equal parts fiery and flirtatious, this Colombian desk delicacy takes over for Shepard Smith on weekends of The Fox Report. But she'll never break the glass ceiling of weekday reportage until she matches Shep's mastery of the newsworthy obscenity.
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC- Aw, just kidding! He's a stand-up dude, though.
Margaret Brennan, CNBC- Financial news is eye-stabbingly boring, so it's only logical that the business networks are wrapping it in shinier foil. Enter: CNBC's ravishing retail correspondent. We could watch her report the sand futures in Saudi Arabia as long as it was accompanied by those Irish eyes and a smile as big and sparkly as Warren Buffet's jewelry cave.
Courtney Friel, Fox News- It doesn't feel like the world's going to hell when Courtney reports it from her fill-in desk, a likely result of the beguiling poker face she perfected as host of the sport's World Tour on the Travel Channel. With poker now in the rear—er, view! Rear view—expect Fox to dedicate more air time to her than Sean Hannity's gelmet.
Rebecca Jarvis, CNBC- After coming up short as a candidate on The Apprentice 4, Becky has Trumped her former competitors with her fetchingly fiscal live reports from the stock exchange, and spot desk duties at the NASDAQ Market Site. All of a sudden, economy-destabilizing market volatility has a seductive brunette lining.
Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC- We originally placed Mika fourth on this list after her fiery refusal to report on Paris Hilton, but then Joe Scarborough one-upped her in YouTube lore by dropping a blatant F-bomb on air. The network delayed the broadcast by seven seconds, and we delayed Ms. Brzezinski by seven slides.