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Bret Baier Re-Signs Multi-Year Contract with Fox News

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Bret Baier Re-Signs Multi-Year Contract with Fox News16:54 EDT Tuesday, May 08, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Bret Baier has re-signed a multi-year deal with FOX News Channel (FNC) where he will continue as the anchor of Special Report and lead anchor of political news coverage through the 2016 election, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News. In making the announcement, Ailes said, “Bret's tough but fair approach to journalism has made him one of the most trusted news anchors in the industry and an integral part of FNC's success. I'm proud to have him at the helm of this year's election coverage and for years to come.” Since January 2009, Baier has served as the anchor of Special Report (6-7 PM/ET), the number one political news program on cable, averaging nearly 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. For the month of April, Special Report ranked as the third highest rated program in cable news among total viewers. In addition to anchoring coverage of the 2012 Republican primaries, Baier moderated five debates, including the highest-rated cable news debate in Orlando. He will report from the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention in the fall, and lead election night coverage. Baier added, “I am humbled by Roger's trust and confidence and look forward to carrying out his vision for FNC — a commitment to breaking news, asking tough questions, and doing it in a fair and balanced way.” As anchor of Special Report, Baier has secured interviews with top newsmakers, including President Obama in the week leading up to the historic healthcare vote. He has interviewed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former President George W. Bush, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and General David Petraeus, among many others. He sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of peace talks at the United Nations; Polish President Lech Kaczynski after the decision to abort missile defense plans in Poland; and Georgian President Mikheul Saakashvili after Russia invaded Georgia. Baier took over Special Report from veteran anchor Brit Hume, who is now a FNC senior political analyst. Prior to that, he was Chief White House Correspondent, covering President Bush from 2006-2009. He served as National Security Correspondent from 2001-2006. On September 11th, he notably traveled from Atlanta to cover the attacks from the Pentagon and has remained in Washington ever since. FOX News Media Contacts:Irena Briganti, 212-301-3608Stephanie Kelly, 212-301-3340