“As one of the most trusted anchors in the industry, Bret’s work ethic and style have played an integral role in the leadership of our Washington bureau and the success of the network,” said Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News, in a prepared statement. “We are proud that his strong journalistic instincts and political expertise will be a part of Fox News throughout our 2016 election coverage and for many years to come.”
Exact terms of the contract were not specified.
Baier has served as the anchor of “Special Report” since 2009. The program, which airs from 6-7 p.m. weekdays, averages nearly 2 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.
As part of his role as chief political anchor, Baier will co-anchor all 2016 election coverage and will co-moderate the first Republican presidential primary debate in Cleveland, presented by Fox News on August 6, along with all subsequent primary debates. Baier served as co-anchor of “America’s Election HQ”during the 2012 presidential election and 2014 midterm election, and also co-moderated five Republican presidential primary debates leading up to the 2012 election.
The author of “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love,” Baier took over “Special Report” from veteran anchor Brit Hume, now a senior political analyst. Prior to anchoring, he was chief White House correspondent for Fox News, covering President Bush from 2006 to 2009, and served as national security correspondent from 2001-06. He began his career at WJWJ-TV (PBS) in Beaufort, S.C.