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Adam Curry began his career at MTV in 1987 as the host of Headbangers Ball and MTV's Top 20 Video Countdown. He left in the early '90s for other pursuits, but not before snatching up the domain MTV.com and pioneering the network's digital presence. Viacom later sued Curry for the domain name after he left MTV, and Curry continued on the path of the digital frontier. He became a podcasting pioneer and founded Mevio in 2005. He still hosts his No Agenda Podcast on Thursdays and Sundays.
Alison Stewart joined MTV in 1991 as an MTV News Correspondent. She kickstarted MTV's "Choose or Loose" campaign, delivering news about the 1992 presidential election and encouraging young people to register to vote. Her coverage earned her a Peabody award. Stewart left MTV in 1995 and did a tour of several news organizations before finding a spot at CBS News in 2011. She still works there now as well as chipping in as a 60 Minutes correspondent.
Ananda Lewis joined MTV in the late '90s and was said to have inspired the network to make a greater shift to live TV due to her smart interviews and off-the-cuff hosting abilities. Lewis also earned an NAACP image award for her True Life special "I Am Driving While Black." Lewis left MTV in 2001 to pursue other projects, including her talk show The Ananda Lewis Show. Her last credit was a 2010 documentary titled My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage.
Bill Bellamy was one of the most iconic faces of MTV in the early '90s when he hosted MTV Jamz and MTV Beach House. He left the network after a few years to pursue an acting career. He was the voice of the titular character on Nickelodeon's Cousin Skeeter, guest starred on The Jamie Foxx Show and had a recurring role on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. His most recent credit is Agent Sanders in Kindergarten Cop 2 and he can be seen in the film The Bounce Back later this year.
Brian McFayden joined the MTV News team in 1999, but also became one of the regular faces on TRL after Carson Daly left the network. After leaving MTV in 2003, McFayden had a few guest starring spots on the WB including Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Grounded for Life. He later switched back to his news roots and was last reported working for The Bleacher Report.
Carson Daly is perhaps the network's most famous VJ thanks to his tenure on TRL. After interviewing the biggest popstars on the planet, Daly moved on from MTV to expand his hosting career. Currently, he hosts a morning radio show on LA's KAMP, is a correspondent for Today and has his own late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly. Oh, you can also catch him on TV's highest rated reality singing show The Voice.
Chris Booker joined MTV in 2003 to host "The Return of the Rock." He left the network after a couple of years to return to his radio roots. He had regular spots on New York and Philadelphia radio stations but now hosts the afternoon show on Los Angeles's 97.1 KAMP radio station.
Daisy Fuentes made history as the first Latina VJ when she joined MTV in 1988. She went on to have a very successful modeling career and now is the head of her own fashion empire. She also released her own line of Pilates videos and hosted Le Voz Kids (The Voice Kids) on Telemundo
Damien Fahey was the first to take the TRL baton when Carson Daly left in 2002. He hosted the show for 4 years before moving on from MTV. After a handful of radio and other hosting gigs, Fahey found his stride in TV writing. He's currently on the writing staff Family Guy.
Dave Holmes was the runner-up in MTV's first "Wanna Be a VJ" competition in 2000. Even though he lost to Jesse Camp, MTV hired him as part of the MTV News team. He stayed on the network for the next five years. Holmes publicly came out of the closet following his tenure at MTV and became a gay-rights activist in Los Angeles. He currently has a daily podcast "A Drink with Dave" and works as an on-air host on FX
Downtown Julie Brown is one of MTV's most famous VJs thanks to her gig as host of Club MTV from 1985 - 1992. She inadvertently made "Wubba wubba wubba" her famous catchphrase after she accidentally read a crew member's shirt instead of the cue cards. She left MTV in the early '90s for short stints at ESPN and E! Entertainment. She also did a slew of reality shows in the late '90s and early 2000s like I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Wife Swap. She's currently a host on the 90sOn9 Sirius XM radio station.
Fab 5 Freddy was the first hip hop VJ on MTV and the inaugural host of Yo! MTV Raps in 1988. He left MTV in the early '90s to dabble in music video directing and acting. He found small parts in Ridley Scott's American Gangster and Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married.
Hilarie Burton was scouted on her college campus and given a full-time job as a co-host on TRL. She hosted the infamous video countdown show for a few years before landing a starring role on the WB's basketball teen drama One Tree Hill. Burton continues to act and became a mom to a baby boy in 2010. She and her partner Jeffrey Dean Morgan were married in 2014.
Jesse Camp is the first winner of the "Wanna Be a VJ" contest in 2000. The contest was supposed to allow Camp to VJ for two weeks, but his popularity led MTV to extend his contract for a year. Jesse won the hearts of younger fans with a homeless narrative that MTV rescued him off the street, but controversy circled when it was found out Camp had actually attended private school in Connecticut. Camp left the network after his one-year gig to pursue a career in music. He currently lives in Chicago and performs with his band Green Denim.
J.J. Jackson was one of the original "Fab Five" VJs to join MTV when it launched in 1981. He stayed with the network for five years before returning to radio. He was one of the only African-American rock DJs in the country. Jackson unfortunately suffered a massive heart attack and died in 2014 after having dinner with a friend in Los Angeles.
John Norris joined MTV in 1996 as part of the MTV News team. He covered everything from elections to Woodstock '99 and the War in Iraq. He also occasionally hosted TRL when Carson Daly was absent. After 12 years at the network, Norris left and spent a few years as a freelance music journalist and culture writer for outlets including Entertainment Weekly and Yahoo! In 2013, Norris took a job as supervising producer of the Fuse News.
Karen Duffy, better known as Duff, joined MTV in the early '90s. She parlayed her VJ career into small roles in Dumb & Dumber and a modeling contract for Revlon. She also moved into voice work, giving life to characters on ABC's Pepperanne and also voiced Linda Otter in 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Kennedy was one of the most popular faces at MTV from 1992 to 1997. She hosted Alternative Nation, which helped popularize the rise of Nirvanna, Soundgarden and the grunge movement of the early '90s. Kennedy embraced her political leanings after she left the network and became a contributor to Fox News. She hosted a current events and politics discussion show called The Independents from 2013 to 2015.
La La Vasquez also found success when she joined MTV in 2001 to help host TRL and the more hip-hop heavy Direct Effect. She left MTV after two years but has stayed in the public eye by publicizing her engagement and wedding to pro basketball player Carmelo Anthony with two VH1 reality series. She is also a best-selling author and continues to act. Her last credits include Spike Lee's Chi-Raq and the TV series Unforgettables.
Matt Pinfield joined MTV in 1995 and over the course of his six-year tenure with the network hosted MattRock, Pinfield Suite, Pinfield Presents, Rocks Off, Say What?, MTV Live and over 100 MTV specials. Pinfield left MTV in 2001 to be head of A&R at Colombia Records. He also took up various hosting and radio gigs before moving to San Francisco and taking over the morning show for KFOG in 2015
Quddus became a co-host of TRL in 2001 and stayed on the show for five years. After MTV he became an A&R rep for Interscope and then MySpace records. These days, Quddus has focused his attention on the non-profit sector. He now works for Generosity.org, focusing on getting clean water to poverty-stricken areas of Haiti.
Riki Rachtman replaced Adam Curry as the host of Headbangers Ball in 1990 and stayed on for an additional five years. He left MTV and became a WWE backstage interviewer in the late '90s before taking on a hosting gig with VH1's Rock of Love reunion specials and Rock of Love: Charm School in the late 2000s.
Serena Altschul started off on the MTV News team but also had a few guest hosting spots on TRL in the late '90s and early 2000s. She also became the face and voice of MTV's documentary series True Life. She left MTV for more serious news gigs beginning with CNN before moving to CBS Sunday Morning in 2013.
Simon Rex, better known as "Rex" to the MTV audience, was a VJ for two years in the mid-'90s before spreading his wings in Hollywood. He starred on a series of WB shows including Jack & Jill and Felicity. He's most recognized now for his roles in the Scary Movie franchise.
Steve Isaacs was an MTV VJ for two years from 1991 to 1993 and hosted the Top 20 Video Countdown and Hangin' With MTV. He left MTV to pursue a music career, beginning with a starring role in "The Who's Tommy" on Broadway. He then moved to Los Angeles to form the bands Skycucle and The Panic Channel with Jane's Addiction alum Dave Navarro.
Susie Castillo was part of the last generation of VJs after joining MTV in 2004. She left the network to pursue acting and landed recurring roles in a a few sitcoms, including Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She is also a Miss USA correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.
The model and '90s music video star joined the MTV family in 1995 as host of MTV Jams. After departing from MTV, Tyrese went the acting route and is now part of the very profitable Fast & Furious franchise. He is currently filming the eighth movie, due out in theaters in the Spring of 2017.
Vanessa Minnillo also joined MTV as a fresh face for TRL after Carson Daly left the network in 2003. She hosted the video countdown show for four years before moving on to a hosting gig on Entertainment Tonight. Minnillo is now married to Nick Lachey after meeting on the set of his music video "What's Left of Me" in 2009. They have two children together -- Camden (4) and Brooklyn (1)