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Anchor Bret Baier '92 Extends Contract with Fox News Channel

May 10, 2012

Bret Baier 010cBret Baier, Fox News Channel anchor and 1992 graduate of DePauw University, has signed "a multi-year deal to lead political coverage for at least the next four years," according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Baier, who took over as anchor of Special Report from Brit Hume in 2009, will stay with the broadcast through the 2016 election as part of a multi-year contract with FNC.

"Bret's tough but fair approach to journalism has made him one of the most trusted news anchors in the industry and an integral part of FNC's success," says Roger Ailes, the network's chairman and CEO. "I'm proud to have him at the helm of this year's election coverage and for years to come."

Michael O'Connell writes that Baier's program is "one of cable's strongest daily broadcasts. In the first quarter, the show averaged 1.803 million nightly viewers and 368,000 in the key demo. As a part of his coverage of the current election cycle, Baier notably landed a sit-down interview with now-presumptive Republican nominee and often interview shy Mitt Romney. The prickly exchange got some viral traction when Baier asked Romney about his reputation as a flip-flopper."

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Bret Baier was an English (composition) and political science double major at DePauw, where he captained the golf team. He will return to campus to speak as part of the 175th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.

A March 2008 Crain Lecture by Baier is covered here.

Read more about Bret Baier in this recent summary.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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