Lori Stokes

Lori Stokes was born on September 16, 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is known for being an American journalist and television news anchor. She is the current co host of Good Day New York on Fox 5 NY WNYW.

Journalism Career

Lori Stokes is a favorite of many people behind the scenes and also her television audience. She is a talented hard worker and also an eloquent on-screen personality. She is an African-American beauty and she started her career when she was only 24 years old. She was a medical reporter for the WICA station in Illinois and afterwards, she handled the job of the weekend reporter when she was doing the co-anchoring job at the station. In 1998, she moved to the WBTV station in North Carolina where she was the weekend anchor and also the reporter. She established herself in the southeastern part of the United States since she was a sensation in the short period of time that she stayed there. Afterwards, she worked in different capacities and she was able to expand her diverse working experience. She had also worked as a street and crime reporter at WBFF TV based in Baltimore.

Lori has co-anchored Eyewitness News and This Morning together with Ken Rosato at the WABC-TC in the city of New York. She decided to join the station in the year 2000 and made strong efforts to increase the ratings of the morning newscast at WABC. She has been able to establish herself like the veteran at WBAC-TV station. She is an important person at the station and she was much talked about for the impact she made on the stations reputation and presentation. She has over 30 years of total on-screen experience. She is known as a news anchor who is known to present the news in the most persuasive way. The media had nicknamed her as a ratings magnet and the pillar of WABC-TV.

Lori Stokes is a strong symbol of professionalism and she is always on time and shows excellent skill with her demonstrative abilities.  She always tries not to be offensive when she gives her personal views. When it comes to her beauty, she was always regarded as one of the most beautiful African-American anchors and she never gets stress over it. She was always famous for her cheeky and round face, her charming smile and a well toned body. Even if she had already reached the age of 50, she always looks better compared to the women who are still in their 30s.

Lori told the North Jersey Paper why she loves being a journalist, “A journalist is a good storyteller with the facts. When I changed my major, everything started to fall into place. I’ve always gotten great joy out of being able to, not tell the viewer how they should think, but giving them the information and tools they need so that they can come to their own conclusions. So, now, I’m a die-hard journalist. I’m a purist. It’s through me, every inch of me. I love being a reporter. I love being an anchor.”


Moving from ABC To FOX

In the summer of 2017, Lori Stokes surprised her fan and peers when she left WABC after 17 years co-anchoring at the station. She was a big part of the network’s Eyewitness News programs. She shocked everyone again in October 2017 when she announced that she would be partnering with Rosanna Scotto to be co anchors of New York's Good Day New York for the Fox Network.

She explained the decision of moving from ABC to Fox to the North Jersey Paper, “It’s going great. Any time you make a huge jump after being somewhere for 17 years, it’s a little frightening, especially when you have your sense of security, plus being the age I am. I checked with my children to make sure they were OK. I consulted with my mom. I knew the operation I was going to. I’d spoken with Jack Abernethy, the chief executive officer of Fox Television. I’d spoken with Byron Harmon, my news director. Right before I started, I spoke with Rosanna.”

Lori’s approach to breaking the news of the move to the relevant people shows how much character she has. She wasn’t just concerned with herself. She wanted to make sure that those people around her supported her decision. She wanted to make sure that her children with fine with the move before she did it because she was aware of the impact it would have on their lives. Her mom was always a guiding light in her life so she knew that she could count on her for some sound advice. If her mom felt a decision was right, Lori knew that she could follow it without any doubts. She also wanted to make sure that Fox would be a welcoming new home for her. Instead of accepting the offer right away, she made sure to check on the station to see if they would be the right situation for her. She was very comfortable with her former ABC home and wanted assurance that she would have the same support at her new FOX home.

Lori had no regrets after she made the tough decision, “So, I felt it was the right move at this juncture in my life, and I don’t have one regret. Rosanna’s a great partner. We’re committed to news, but I’m allowed to venture into a territory I’ve never been in before to this extent, which is the entertainment, glamour, lifestyle and health side of things, and I’m interviewing top-notch celebrities, authors and people making amazing documentaries. So, in many respects, you have to pinch yourself and say, ‘Just when you thought you had done it all, you really didn't.’ And how exciting it is.”

Personal Life

She was born in an impressive family since she is the daughter of Jay Stokes who was in the US Army and graduated with a law degree.  He is known as a democratic politician and also an ex-mayor of the city of Cleveland. He has many buildings named after him.  

Lori Stokes is a divorced woman and her ex-husband is Brian Thompson who was a reporter at NBC. They have two daughters together.  

Last Modified: Apr 9, 2020

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