Lori Stokes is an American news journalist, renowned for hosting the news program Eyewitness News on WABC-TV. She has recently said farewell to the station without much forewarning to the viewers.
Lori Stokes was born to a famous attorney/politician father
Lori was born on September 16, 1962, in Cleveland, Ohio to Louis Stokes and his wife, Jay Stokes. Her dad was an attorney and politician, who became the first black congressman to be elected in Ohio. He was also one of the chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee during the Cold War-era and was the first black person on the House Appropriations Committee. He led Special House Investigation in the murder case of former President John F. Kennedy and former Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr.
Louis died on August 18, 2015, at his Cleveland home. Only a month before his death, it was reported that he had been diagnosed with both brain and lung cancer.
Lori has two sisters and a brother. One of her sisters, Angela R. Stokes, is a judge at Cleveland Municipal Court while her brother Chuck is a journalist.
Lori Stokes’ achievements till leaving Eyewitness News
Lori began her career as a medical reporter at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois-based WCIA in 1986. Two years later, she moved to WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. During her two years with WBTV, she became locally popular for her works as a reporter and a weekend anchor.
Stokes joined ABFF-TV, a Fox-affiliate in Baltimore, in 1990. She also stayed there for two years and then moved to WJLA-TV where she got a chance to work as a full-time for the first time. She was a lead anchor for the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Stokes joined MSNBC in 1996 during the time of its inception becoming the first African American to speak on the cable. She left WNBC in 2000, before which she appeared on various programs like Today in America, NBC Sunrise and Weekend Today.
In 2000, she moved to New York City and joined WABC-TV where she was first paired with Robb Hanrahan to host Eyewitness News This Morning. The pair did not work well as WABC had expected, so Hanrahan was replaced with Steve Bartelstein in December 2000.
The new pair proved to work really well, subsequently bringing back the news program as one of nation’s no. 1 news show. Eventually, the duo took over the anchoring duties for Eyewitness News at Noon as well. Stokes was removed from the noon slot for a brief time in 2003, but she resumed once again.
Eyewitness News This Morning expanded to begin at 4:30 a.m. in late 2010 and its noon version expanded to a full hour. After the expansion, the channel relieved her and her co-anchor (Ken Rosato) from the noon duties and they focused only on the morning news. After seventeen years, on August 16, 2017, Lori left Eyewitness News This Morning. She has permanently left WABC-TV as well.
Lori Stokes is a mother to two children
Lori was married to an Emmy-winning reporter Brian Thompson. They had met while working at WNBC.
Lori and Brian shares two daughters together. Her elder daughter is named Alexandra, and the younger one is named Nicole. The couple is divorced now.