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Bret Baier '92 to Receive National Press Foundation's Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism

Bret Baier '92 to Receive National Press Foundation's Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism

November 27, 2017

Bret Baier, chief political anchor for FOX News Channel and 1992 graduate of DePauw University, is the recipient of the 2017 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The Taishoff award is the National Press Foundation’s highest honor for a broadcast journalist.

Baier, who is anchor and executive editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, will receive the award at NPF’s annual journalism awards dinner on Thursday, February 15, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

"The Taishoff family founded Broadcasting magazine (now Broadcasting & Cable) and NPF created the Sol Taishoff Award in 1983 to honor Taishoff for his support of unrestricted speech for broadcast journalists," notes today's announcement.

Previous recipients include Martha Raddatz, Tim Russert, Peter Jennings, Andrea Mitchell, Gwen Ifill and David Brinkley, among others.  View a list of honorees here.

The National Press Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is run by and for journalists. Read more here.

An English (composition) and political science double major at DePauw, W. Bret 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. (at right: Baier talking with DePauw student journalists)

Baier authored the best-selling books Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love and Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission.

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. The talk is summarized here; video is embedded below.

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