The former Trump administration advisor is expected to add commentary to Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox News Digital and the Fox Nation streaming service, the Fox Corporation unit announced Thursday. She is expected to make her debut on “Fox & Friends” during one its next show with a live audience, on September 6. Sanders will hold forth from her home base in Arkansas.
“I am beyond proud to join their incredible stable of on-air contributors in providing political insights and analysis,” Sanders said in a statement.
She is the latest White House spokesperson to find a path to the TV-news circuit. Jay Carney and Robert Gibbs, two press secretaries under President Obama, became contributors for CNN and NBC News, respectively. Other White House personnel have also made the transition into TV. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos was a communications director in Clinton White House; Fox News anchor Dana Perino was a press secretary under President George W. Bush. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace was communications director during that Bush tenure as well.
And yet, Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, left the office with a more mixed track record than her predecessors. She held fewer and fewer briefings for White House press as President Trump’s tenure extended and often deferred questions to the President rather than providing facts that might contradict his statements. She acknowledged in testimony to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team that she gave reporters bad information related to the departure of former FBI chief James Comey.
At the same time, she was a stalwart defender of President Trump and his policies – something that may be attractive to some swaths of Fox News viewers, who tend to favor Republican policies. Trump, a strong proponent of Fox News, often takes to Twitter to complain about the network when its on-air personnel disagree with his actions or to laud those hosts who back him up.
Other Trump administration officials have joined Fox Corp. in recent months. Hope Hicks, the president’s former White House communications director, now serves as primary communications officer for the media company. Raj Shah, a former White House deputy press secretary, joined Fox Corp. as a senior vice president.
Fox News said Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and lives with her husband and three children in Little Rock, Arkansas.