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"It's Fun," Says Bret Baier '92 as He Prepares to Moderate His Third Presidential Debate of the Season

"It's Fun," Says Bret Baier '92 as He Prepares to Moderate His Third Presidential Debate of the Season

March 3, 2016

In Detroit, where he's preparing to moderate his third presidential debate of Campaign 2016, Bret Baier says, "It’s fun. I’m not a professional athlete, but I presume it’s like what they feel before a big game. There are the familiar butterflies each time, but viewership has been extraordinary this cycle. I’ve never seen anything like it."

Baier, chief political anchor for Fox News Channel and 1992 graduate of DePauw University, is profiled in the Detroit News as the latest forum takes place tonight.  When it comes to preparing questions, he says, "I like to say I work on the dismount, trying to keep the candidate from going right to talking points. I try not to provide an exit ramp to their stump speech."

Access the article at the newspaper's website.

An English (composition) and political science double major at DePauw, Baier captained the Tiger golf team and was among the first students to work in the then-new Center for Contemporary Media.  While a DePauw student, he interned with Bernard Shaw at CNN and landed his first professional job at WJWJ-TV (PBS) in Beaufort, South Carolina.  He also worked at WREX (NBC) in Rockford, Illinois, and WRAL (CBS) in Raleigh, North Carolina, before joining Fox.

He anchors the nightly Special Report with Bret Baier and has interviewed Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and has anchored more than two dozen political specials on FNC, reporting from Iraq 12 times and Afghanistan 13 times, and filing reports from 74 countries. 

LGL 5032Bret Baier returned to DePauw for Old Gold Weekend  in 2013 and spoke as part of the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series and received the University's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. (at right: Baier addresses a crowd in Kresge Auditorium)

The talk is summarized here; video is embedded below.

Source: Detroit News