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Lori Stokes
Born (1962-09-16) September 16, 1962 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
Ethnicity African American
Education Ohio State University and Howard University
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Morning and Noon Anchor for WABC-TV (2000–present) with Ken Rosato
Spouse(s) Brian Thompson Divorced
Children Two daughters
Relatives Carl B. Stokes, (uncle), Louis Stokes, (father)

Lori Stokes (born September 16, 1962) is co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon alongside Ken Rosato on WABC-TV in New York City. She joined the station on April 17, 2000, as part of an effort to increase ratings on WABC's morning newscast.


Stokes began her journalistic career as the medical reporter and then weekend co-anchor at WCIA in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1986. Then, in 1988, she worked as a reporter and weekend anchor for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. There for two years, she became popular with the viewers in that state.

Next, Stokes worked as a crime and street reporter for WBFF-TV, the Fox Station in Baltimore. Finally, Stokes got hands on experience for full-time anchor as WJLA-TV's lead female anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. She was there from 1992 through 1996.

Then Stokes went to MSNBC at the time of its inception. She was one of the original anchors on the 24-hour cable news television channel and the first African American to speak on the cable news network. MSNBC hired newcomer "girl in glasses" Ashleigh Banfield to MSNBC in 2000 and replaced Stokes on MSNBC'S Today in America also in 2000. During her tenure at NBC News Stokes was a rotating newsreader for "NBC Sunrise" and Weekend Today.

During her tenure at the cable TV station, Stokes covered the Columbine High School Massacre and the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1999.

Career in New York City[edit]

Stokes was paired with Robb Hanrahan who, at the time, also co-anchored the station's 5 p.m. news with Roz Abrams and had previously co-anchored the morning news. The new pair, who replaced anchors Nancy Loo and David Ushery, did not work as well as WABC had hoped they would. Hanrahan was taken off the morning news in December 2000 and replaced with WABC-TV's weekend sports anchor Steve Bartelstein.

Stokes and Bartelstein proved to work well and eventually helped bring Eyewitness News This Morning back to the number one position it had enjoyed in previous years. The pair eventually took over anchoring duties for Eyewitness News at Noon, replacing Nancy Loo and David Ushery once again.

For a brief time in 2003, Stokes was removed from the noon newscast and replaced with Sade Baderinwa. Stokes resumed anchoring the noon newscast when Roz Abrams left the station and was replaced by Baderinwa.

From Tuesday, March 13, 2007, to Wednesday, July 4, 2007, (Independence Day), Stokes was the sole anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon. She was joined by a rotating roster of reporters from March until July when reporter Ken Rosato was chosen to permanently replace Steve Bartelstein. Rosato officially took over on July 9, 2007, as her morning and noon co-anchor.[1]


  1. ^ "Ken Rosato named Eyewitness News morning co-anchor". ABC News. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. 

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:44:26 -0700

He is the father of Eyewitness News anchor Lori Stokes. Louis Stokes was the dean of the delegation until he stepped down in 1999. Stokes headed the House's Select Committee on Assassinations that investigated the slayings of President John F. Kennedy ...
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Co-organizers of the sixth annual Great Islands Clean-Up on San Juan Island -- Lori Stokes, Jana Marks, and David Dehlendorf -- would like to thank our island's approximately 300 volunteers who participated this year, helping to make San Juan Island ...


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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:00:00 -0700

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