July 31, 2017

Anderson Cooper is the king of Twitter, and his employer ranks highest among newsrooms with huge Twitter followings.

That’s according to a new report from Muck Rack, a site for journalists and PR professionals that issued a report today touting journalists and news organizations with the biggest Twitter followings.

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The rankings, which are drawn from Muck Rack’s database of thousands of journalists, put Cooper at top of individual journalists with large Twitter followings. Here’s the top 10, as of June 2017:

  • Anderson Cooper, CNN: 9.26 million followers
  • Rachel Maddow, MSNBC: 7.08 million followers
  • Barkha Dutt, The Washington Post: 5.95 million followers
  • Rajdeep Sardesai, India Today: 5.94 million followers
  • Bill Simmons, The Ringer: 5.73 million followers
  • Michael Wilbon, ESPN: 4.01 million followers
  • Stephen A. Smith, ESPN: 3.3 million followers
  • Nina Garcia, Marie Claire: 3.27 million followers
  • Rahul Kanwal, India Today: 3.08 million followers
  • Erin Andrews, ESPN: 3 million followers



    Cooper’s colleagues at CNN have also racked up large Twitter followings. The cable news network leads news organizations with the most collective followers, followed by ESPN, NBC News and The New York Times. Here’s the top 10, as of June 2017:

  • CNN, 38.7 million followers
  • ESPN, 26.5 million followers
  • NBC News, 21.6 million followers
  • The New York Times, 21.3 million followers
  • MSNBC, 19.9 million followers
  • The Washington Post, 15.2 million followers
  • ABC News, 14.8 million followers
  • BBC News, 14.5 million followers
  • Fox News, 12.3 million followers
  • Fox Sports, 9.21 million followers



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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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