A Quintet of TV Newsers Make InStyle’s ‘Badass 50’ Issue

By A.J. Katz 

InStyle magazine released its first Badass 50 issue earlier this week, and the 50 women who are honored includes a quartet of TV newsers: Katie Couric, CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour,  MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski and MSNBC Live anchor Stephanie Ruhle.

NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent/MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell gets a longer profile in the issue.“Not many people my age are still doing what I do,” she tells InStyle. “But this is the most challenging time for journalists right now. I think we’re in a renaissance of hard-news reporting, and I want to see this through.”

Here are the blurbs about the aforementioned newsers:



 As one of the most trusted faces in news and the first woman to assume a solo role on a nightly news desk, Couric is a journalistic icon for everyone seeking the truth. “I think a badass woman stands up for herself, is confident, and is not afraid to challenge the hierarchy, the patriarchy, or conventional thinking,” she says.


The British-born journalist is one of the most well-known and respected international correspondents in the world. Amanpour has ventured into the heart of global trouble spots, from war-torn Afghanistan to Hurricane Katrina-devastated New Orleans. “It’s about rebalancing the scales,” she says. “It’s not about women taking over the world. It’s about women having an equal place in the world.”


She may co-host Morning Joe with on- and off-screen partner Joe Scarborough, but there’s no arguing that Brzezinski’s pluck is the real jolt of caffeine on MSNBC. When’s she’s not calling out misogynistic politicians and public figures, she’s helping women close the gender pay gap.


This banker-turned-news anchor for NBC and MSNBC has made a name for herself with unapologetic, smart commentary on some of our nation’s most pressing issues. “A badass woman doesn’t have to be a superwoman throwing a car across the street,” she says. “It’s about integrity. People confuse integrity with this idea of a high moral standing. I think integrity is saying you’re going to do something and doing it.”