Bret Baier Signs New Contract with Fox News Channel

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Bret Baier has signed a new multiyear deal with Fox News Channel that will have him continue as the anchor of Special Report as well as the network’s chief political anchor.

“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.


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  1. Beth C. Pfohl says:

    I find that his impish, on-the-verge-of-laughing, expression disarms the people he interviews. He does his homework, rolls out his questions and sometimes lulls his guests into thinking it’s gonna be an easy interview. It’s then that he pounces with a razor sharp observation that cuts through their smug or complacent demeanors and they realize (a bit late), that this teddy bear has teeth. Good for him and praying for continued good check ups for his son who has battled heart problemssince birth.

  2. DANNA RICE says:


  3. Jeff says:

    BB looks like the comic strip Dondi. Wouldn’t trust him as far as I throw a grand piano.

  4. Fran says:

    Words like “trusted” & “Fox” should never be used in the same sentence.

    • Greg says:

      Challenged idiot moron alert…”If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”…you and all of your mainstream liberals are part and parcel to the fraud which is destroying this nation…

  5. Jean Pennie says:

    Great news. Bret Baier is a fantastic journalist and I honestly rush home from work to try to catch Special Report every night.

  6. Fox News is mostly biased and are warmongers, against democrats and most of their policies and Hannity is the worst of the whole group. Bret is okay usually. I usually like MSNBC but starting on Friday nights they put on that prison series Locked Up, why? it ruins it for me and their normal weekday political news.

  7. Bretisgreat says:


  8. mosenior says:

    My conservative wife will be thrilled. We have Fox News on most of the day. I’m a liberal and its all right with me. I would be thrilled if Bret could get Dr. Krauthammer to retire.

    • I doubt if (Charles Krauthammer) will be retiring in the near future as he is currently a a (FNC CONTRIBUTOR) & this past March he turned 65 years of age. I would think he would be around a while as FNC & FBN are not the only things he does.

    • Jean Pennie says:

      I agree about Dr. Krauthammer.

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