Lori Stokes – Net Worth, Ex-Husband (Brian), Salary, Father, Biography

Lori Stokes is an American nine-time Emmy award-winning journalist (her Emmy awards include one for her in-depth investigative reporting on violence against children), who was the first African-American to broadcast on MSNCB.

Stokes is currently working as a co-host of Good Day New York on Fox 5 NY WNYW, with Rosanna Scotto.


She was born on September 16, 1962, in the USA.

Lori began her career as a medical reporter in 1986 at WCIA in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

After two years, Stokes worked as a reporter for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. Later, she worked as a crime and street reporter for WBFF-TV.

From 1992 to 1996, she worked as a full-time anchor as WJLA-TV’s lead female anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

After, she went to MSNBC as one of the original anchors on the 24-hour cable news television channel. She also worked at NBC News as a rotating newsreader for Weekend Today and NBC Sunrise.

Eyewitness News This Morning

She was paired with television journalist Robb Hanrahan on WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News This Morning.

In December 2000, Robb was replaced with former American television journalist Steve Bartelstein.

In 2007, Ken Rosato replaced Steve Bartelstein.

In June 2015, Rosato and Lori were relieved of their noon duties in order to focus on the morning news.

Good Day New York

In August 2017, she left ”Eyewitness News This Morning.”

On October 4, 2017, Lori started to co-host ”Good Day New York” with American news anchor Rosanna Scotto on Fox-5 WNYW. She replaced American news anchor Greg Kelly, who left the position on his own terms at Fox 5 WNYW.

”Good Day New York” is a morning show airing on WNYW Fox 5, that broadcasts each weekday morning from 4:30 to 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Lori Stokes biography
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During an interview, Lori said about her new job:

“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.”


Her father, the late Louis Stokes, died on August 18, 2015, at his home in Cleveland at the age of 90.

Louis was elected to the House in 1968, becoming Ohio’s 1st black member of Congress. Stokes served 15 terms in the US House of Representatives. 

He also served in World War II.

Lori said about her father’s time in the US Army:

“He, along with his other black soldiers, were prepared to fight for this country, but instead they were relegated to cleaning barracks of white soldiers.”

Louis finished his autobiography, “The Gentleman from Ohio,” a couple of weeks before he died.


Lori Stokes was married to Brian Thompson, a reporter currently working with NBC 4 New York. The couple met in 1996. The two got married two years later.

She confirmed their divorce on a Twitter post on Christmas Eve in 2014.

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Brian and Stokes have two daughters, named – Nicolette Thompson (born January 19, 1995) and Alexandra Thompson.


Lori Stokes Net Worth
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As a result of her work, Lori has received several awards, including a George P. Foster Peabody Award (established in 1940 by a committee of the National Association of Broadcasters, Peabody Award winners include producing organizations, online media, networks, television and stations, and individuals from around the world) for her coverage on the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. 

From March 13, 2007, to July 4, 2007, Lori was the sole anchor of Eyewitness News at Noon and Eyewitness News This Morning.

For a brief time in 2003, Lori was removed from WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News This Morning and replaced with news anchor Sade Baderinwa.

In 2016, Lori was included on the Ideagen Power 100 List, recognizing individuals empowering girls and women worldwide.

In 2013, she received the Congressional Black Caucus Celebration of Leadership Award in recognition of her civic service.

During her time at NBC News, Lori covered the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Columbine High School Massacre.

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Lori Stokes – Net Worth

what is the net worth of Lori Stokes

Stokes earned most of her wealth working as a journalist and being a TV co-host. In the present day, she is a co-host of Good Day New York on Fox 5.

Lori was actually the first African American to broadcast on MSNBC. During her career, Lori has covered numerous events, including – the capture of Osama bin Laden, the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Columbine High School shooting.

Her current salary was not released to the public, but it is thought to be around $375,000 per year.

Togher with her siblings, she has inherited the wealth that remained after her father passed away. He served 15 terms in the US House of Representatives (a member of the United States Congress has an annual salary of $174,000) and wrote a book (The Gentleman from Ohio) that sells pretty good on Amazon.

Therefore, American journalist a Lori Stokes has an estimated net worth of $11 million.

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