Fox News Signs Bret Baier '92 to New Contract
December 14, 2010
December 14, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "Fox News has signed anchorman Bret Baier to a new multi-year deal, the network announced Tuesday," reports the Baltimore Sun this afternoon. "Baier is on a roll, having recently co-anchored the highly-rated and journalistically-sound election night coverage for Fox as well as finishing second only to Bill O'Reilly in overall audience for the month with his Special Report nightly newscast. The DePauw University graduate has become increasingly important to the network as it strives to match its tremendous ratings success with an improved reputation for reporting and balanced analysis," writes David Zurawik.
"Bret’s integrity and hard-nosed approach to journalism has made him a go-to source for political news coverage," says Michael Clemente, senior vice president at Fox News. "We look forward to his strong presence on the network for years to come."
The piece points out that Baier's broadcast, "Special Report, is now the number one cable news program in its time slot (6-7PM EST), averaging more than 2.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research."
Read more at the newspaper's website.
A 1992 graduate of DePauw, Baier took his first TV job shortly after graduation in Beaufort, South Carolina, where he worked at an Applebee's on the side to make ends meet. He's been at Fox News since 1997, where he covered the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and conducted one-on-one interviews with Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Learn more about Baier, who was an English (composition) and political science major at DePauw, in this previous story.