National Hug a Newsperson Day – April 4

Warm up those hugging muscles, because on April 4, we’re showing our appreciation for newspeople in a big way. That’s right, we’re psyched to celebrate National Hug a Newsperson Day! This is the day we give huge shout outs to everyone who helps us stay updated—from major anchors like Anderson Cooper to that weather guy who correctly pronounced Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch without skipping a beat. (Look it up—it’s amazing. He deserves the biggest hug of all.) So get ready to hug your favorite news anchor, even if that means wrapping your TV in a super weird embrace.

Why We Love Newspeople (and National Hug a Newsperson Day)

A.  It’s important to stay updated
It’s important to be an informed citizen, even when there’s not an election coming up. But let’s face it—it can be hard to keep up with the news all the time. And that’s why newspeople are so important. We love them all, from the writers that make us look forward to reading their articles to the news anchors who are entertaining (or cute) enough to make us want to tune in every week. They all deserve hugs!

B.  They put in the work
Did you know that news anchors have to wake up in the ballpark of 2 – 4 AM every day to (literally) get the show on the road? And reporters have to be on call every minute of every day to report on trending news? These people sacrifice all of their free time so we can stay informed. We appreciate their effort and commitment to the news, and think it deserves to be commemorated.

C.  They’re always professional
Newspeople put aside their personal opinions and report on the news impartially, so that people on both sides of the aisle can stay informed. It takes maturity and intelligence to put aside your personal opinions to show both sides of an issue—even if you think one side is completely wrong. Plus, we’re sure they’ve developed enviable game faces. If we ever decide to play poker professionally, we want the face of a news anchor.

Matt Lauer is the highest paid news anchor. #NationalHugaNewspersonDayClick To Tweet
How to Celebrate National Hug a Newsperson Day

1.  Hug a newsperson (duh)
We’re sure you saw this one coming, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you to show those newspeople some love. Take note though: we’re not telling you to stalk your super-famous favorite TV anchor. Your local weatherman needs as much love and appreciation as Anderson Cooper! Find your local anchors and give them the best hugs of their lives.

2.  Read (or watch) the news
If you already read the news every day, you’re a great person and we love you. But if you don’t, this is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. Pay tribute to your favorite newsperson by watching his or her material! You might even want to branch out and discover new news anchors you enjoy watching. They work hard so we can stay informed; make sure their efforts don’t go unrealized.

3.  Drop your favorite local newsperson a line
National news anchors probably already know how much America relies on their coverage. That’s why you need to tell your favorite local newsperson how much you appreciate him or her. Local news anchors are a lot easier to reach than national ones, and they’ll be so happy that you took the time to write to them. They’ll be reassured that all the days they woke up at 4 in the morning weren’t in vain after all!

Marlene Sanders was the first female news anchor. #NationalHugaNewspersonDayClick To Tweet
The median salary for a news anchor is $62,500. #NationalHugaNewspersonDayClick To Tweet
National Hug a Newsperson Day Survey Results
Additional Findings
NATIONAL NEWS ANCHORS AMERICANS WOULD MOST LIKE TO HUG
#1: Anderson Cooper (17%)
#2: Matt Lauer (15%)
#3: Megyn Kelly (15%)
#4: Bill O’Reilly (10%)
#5: Rachel Maddow (9%)
#6: Chris Matthews (6%)
#7: Piers Morgan (6%)
#8: Sean Hannity (5%)
#9: Erin Burnett (5%)
#10: Glenn Beck (5%)
#11: Wolf Blitzer (3%)
#12: Don Lemon (3%)
#13: Bret Baier (3%)
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