MSNBC’s Lori Stokes

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 8, 2001

I don't see Lori Stokes, a newscaster on MSNBC, anymore. What happened to her?
—James S., Kentucky

Lori Stokes, one of the original MSNBC anchors, left to become a morning and noon anchor at WABC-TV in New York. "With MSNBC and NBC, I wanted that national experience and I got it, but I felt like I'm better suited for local news because I like to know who I'm talking to." Born in Cleveland and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Stokes always knew she wanted to be a writer. "I originally wanted to be another Sidney Sheldon and write love stories," she says. "Somewhere along the way, someone mentioned, 'How about going into journalism? You can still write and express yourself.'" She graduated from Howard University and then worked for television stations in Champaign and Urbana, Ill., Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, and Washington. She joined MSNBC in 1996 and was also a contributor for NBC's Nightly News Weekend and anchor on the Weekend Today Show. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.