Know About WABC's News Anchor Lori Stokes: Her Ex-Husband, Divorce History, and Two Daughters

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Know About WABC's News Anchor Lori Stokes: Her Ex-Husband, Divorce History, and Two Daughters

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth 1962-09-16
  • Age 58 Years 2 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Profession Journalist
  • Ethnicity/Race Afro-American
  • Father Louis Stokes
  • Brother/s Chuck Stokes
  • Sister/s Shelley Stokes-Hammond, Angela R. Stokes
  • Daughter/s Alexandra Thompson, Nicolette Thompson
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
  • Ex-Husband Brian Thompson
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
  • Career 1986-present
  • College The Ohio State University, Howard University
  • Height/ How Tall? 5 feet 7 inches
  • Weight N/A
  • Hair Long
  • Hair Color Black
  • Lesbian No

At the age of 56, she is one of the most acclaimed News Anchor in the journalism world. Having an eloquent on-screen personality, she has been quite an inspiration for those who work hard on news career.

Lori Stokes is also known as one of the African-American firsts as she was the first African-American to broadcast on MSNCB in 1996.

Following an accomplished professional career, where awards and accomplishments have been her really good friends, personal life of Lori hasn't been able to replicate the legacy of her professional life.

Married to what she believed was the love of her life, Lori sent quite a few shockwaves after announcing her divorce with her husband. A mother of two daughters, how has her divorce affected the family?

Unexpected Divorce With Husband; What's Next For Her Daughters?

Lori Stokes was to be married to Brian Thompson. According to a source, they first met at the job interview for CBC affiliate WBTV, Charlotte two years before their marriage.

The two of them were a great and adorable couple and they even have two beautiful daughters named Nicolette Thompson and Alexandra Thompson. Both the daughters are grown up now and are extremely beautiful.

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Almost every person who knew about the divorce, they were all in a dilemma. The couples seemed so great together that nobody thought they were to contemplate about divorce someday and even go through it.

Nobody knows the real reason behind their divorce except the Thompson family. Both the daughters are staying with their mother Lori though the daughters use Brian’s name i.e. “Thompson”

Going by Lori’s social accounts, it shows that the mother and daughters are happy together and enjoying each other’s company.

Lori Stokes alongside her two daughters. (Lori Stokes' Instagram)

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She also received full support from her ex-husband in the case of their daughter. Though separated, Brian and Lori have remained on friendly terms for the sake of their daughters. The family is seen celebrating all the important occasions including Christmas together. 

"Traditional Christmas Eve dinner ... Myex-husband'ss @brianthomsontv family recipe for waffles and sausages."

Lori Stokes' daughter on her graduation day. (Photo: Lori Stokes' Instagram)

With both her daughters now graduated and heading for their own journey in life, Lori remains extremely ecstatic for her daughter. A proud mother, she can finally feel proud of how she raised her kids despite the adversities she faced in life.

An Inspirational Father

Lori Stokes' father was also a well-known figure. His name is Louis Stokes who was a democratic person who was also one of the firsts as he was the first African-American congressman from Ohio.

He, in his days as a congressman, helped to direct the federal attention on the nation’s poor and he also led a special House investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sadly, Louis Stokes died on August 18, 2015, at the age of 90. Lori Stokes said that the cause of his death was lungs and brain cancer.

Knowing about her father leaves no confusion about where she got the inspiration and talents from.

Lori Stokes' Short Bio:

Lori Stokes was born on September 16, 1962, (age 53 years old) in Cleveland, Ohio. In order to receive education, she attended Ohio State University and later enrolled at Howard University. She began her career as a medical reporter for WCIA.

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Lori served as a co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness at Noon on WABC-TV in New York City.

For a brief time, though, Stokes was replaced with Sade Baderinwa but later Stokes resumed anchoring when Roz Abrams left the station and was replaced by Baderinwa. However, the journalist ended her 17-year long association with the channel on August 2017 and has since devoted her time as a co-anchor of Good Day New York.