Where Favorite Talk Show Hosts Went to High School

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Check out the list of daytime talk show hosts, past and present, to find out where they went to school, when they graduated and what they studied.

Where did your favorite talk show host go to school?

  • : Cooper was a student of The Dalton School, a private school in New York, and attended Yale University, studying political science and international relations. He graduated in 1989, but not before interning with the CIA.
  • : Dr. Oz received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and obtained a joint MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School.
  • : McGraw was a star football player. He won a scholarship to the University of Tulsa, but an injury forced a transfer to Midwestern State University in Texas. McGraw graduated from Midwestern with his bachelor's in psychology. He followed that up with a masters in experimental psychology from Midwestern and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas.
  • Ellen DeGeneres: Ellen graduated from Atlanta High School and then attended the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. She majored in communications, but left after one semester.
  • : Always the athlete, Robin played high school basketball and tennis. She'd carry over her love for basketball to Southeastern Louisiana University, playing for the Lions and ending her career there as the third all-time leading scorer with 1,446 points and 1,034 rebounds.She was also an academic, graduating as salutatorian of her high school and cum laude from SLU.
  • : His bachelor's in political science came from Columbia, where he was salutatorian. He avoided law school - something his father nearly demanded - by becoming a Rhodes Scholar. Stephanopoulos earned his masters in theology from the University of Oxford on that scholarship.
  • : After high school, Jerry attended Tulane University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He followed that with a juris doctorate from Northwestern in 1968.
  • Katie Couric: In high school, Couric cheered on the football team as a cheerleader and interned in news radio. In college, at the University of Virginia, Couric worked on the school newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. She graduated with a degree in English.
  • : Ripa attended Camden County College, where she studied psychology, before dropping out to pursue her acting career in New York City.
  • Regis Philbin: He graduated in 1953 from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in sociology. After college, he joined the United States Navy, launching his television career after leaving the service.
  • : Strahan graduated from Texas Southern University as an All-America athlete and soon-to-be New York Giants draftee.
  • Martha Stewart: Martha attended Barnard College in New York City on a partial scholarship, where she majored in art and history.
  • Maury Povich: Maury graduated from the Landon School in 1957 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1962 with a degree in broadcast journalism.
  • : Sara graduated from Yale University in 1997, majoring in art.
  • : Not sure where Sharon went to school. We're looking into it.
  • : Chen attended the University of Southern California, graduating in 1991 with a degree in broadcast journalism and English.
  • Sheryl Underwood: Underwood's bachelor's degree is from the University of Illinois at Chicago. From there, Underwood went on to Governor State University in University Park, Ill., where she received her master's degree in media management and mass communication.
  • : Graduating near the top of her high school class, Tyler switched gears in college, studying environmental policy at Dartmouth College.
  • : Ray graduated high school, but it's tough to find where she went to college.
  • : Harvey attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio - the same high school from which Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of Superman, graduated. From there, he enrolled at nearby Kent State University, transferring to West Virginia University.
  • Matt Lauer: Matt Lauer left Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, four credits shy of a journalism degree, choosing instead his first career step, as a news producer at a Huntington, W.V., television station.
  • Savannah Guthrie: Guthrie attended Amphitheater High School and became an undergrad at the University of Arizona after graduation. Guthrie studied journalism at Arizona, graduating cum laude in 1993.
  • : Goldberg decided not to attend college to instead focus on her comedy and acting career.
  • : Walters attended Fieldston and Birch Wathen private schools in New York before graduating from Miami Beach High School. She attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York and graduated with a degree in English.
  • : McCarthy grew up in an Irish-Catholic household, the second of four sisters, and attended Catholic school: Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck: After high school graduation (she attended St. Mary Academy - Bay View in Rhode Island), Elisabeth attended Boston College.
  • : Behar received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Queens College and her master's in English education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
  • : One of four sisters, Sherri grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended Winston Churchill Elementary School. She graduated from Hoffman Estates High School.
  • : After high school, Rosie attended Dickinson College, with a transfer to Boston University to follow. Her comedy career beckoned, however, and Rosie did not complete her degree.
  • : The middle child of three, Williams' goal of being a media personality began in college, at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.