Television news viewers in the Philadelphia area may be melting, but not because of the record-high February temperatures. As it turns out, Philly is home to some of the hottest TV news anchors in the game, according to BuzzFeed.
The site over the weekend released its list of the “50 Hottest News Anchors in the World,” and Philly made the list with five total — more than any other city mentioned. Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Chicago all had the next most with three local anchors on the list.
BuzzFeed created its list with a poll of the BuzzFeed community asking users, “Who is the hottest news anchor where you live?” Here in Philly, it turns out, four of our five hottest news anchors work at 6ABC.
The list starts with Matt Pellman, traffic reporter for weekday afternoons on Action News, at No. 48. Pellman joined 6ABC in 2005 and grew up in Lancaster. He attended Temple University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in broadcast journalism, according to the 6ABC website.
BuzzFeed, however, says that what makes him hot is that “he loves to travel.”
NBC10 anchor Keith Jones came in at No. 42 on the list, thanks to his guitar-playing ability, BuzzFeed wrote. Jones, an Ocean County, N.J., native, attended Villanova University and joined NBC10 in 2012.
Prior to joining NBC10, Jones worked as an anchor at Pittsburgh’s WTAE and Harrisonburg, Va., station WHSV.
Action News' Brian Taff, who can be seen weekdays on 6ABC at 4 and 10 p.m., took spot 36 on the list. A Boston College graduate who got his start at WVII in Bangor, Maine, Taff joined 6ABC in 2009.
What makes Taff hot, however, is that “he loves nature,” BuzzFeed wrote.
Longtime 6ABC coanchor Matt O’Donnell took No. 18 on BuzzFeed’s list, with the morning newsman earning high marks thanks to being “an admirer of awesome things.” O’Donnell joined the station in 1996, and spent the next eight years as a street reporter before being asked to coanchor mornings starting in 2004.
Nowadays, you can catch O’Donnell starting at 4:30 a.m. on weekdays.
The hottest anchor in Philly, however, is 6ABC meteorologist Adam Joseph, who nabbed the No. 2 spot on the list, coming in just behind New York City anchor Mike Woods. Joseph can be seen on Action News weekdays at 4, 5:30, and 10 p.m.
A 2000 Lyndon State College grad, Joseph got his start in Clarksburg, W.Va., at WBOY-TV before moving on to 6ABC in 2005. BuzzFeed readers love that “in 2013, he ran seven triathlons.”
So while other publications may have voted us one of the least attractive populaces in the United States, at least our TV people are hot. Otherwise, we’d just be a bunch of rude uggos.