Sammon and Boughton Officially Upped at Fox News

What we told you earlier was likely to happen is official this evening.

Fox News has announced Bill Sammon Washington Managing Editor and Bryan Boughton Washington Bureau Chief. Sammon has some big shoes to fill- Brit Hume previously held this position.

Executive VP John Moody’s memo to the staff from Politico after the jump.



FOX News has named Bill Sammon Vice President of News and Washington Managing Editor and Bryan Boughton Washington Bureau Chief, it was announced by Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, FOX News. Both appointments are effective immediately.

In making the announcement Ailes said, “Both Bill and Bryan are excellent journalists and we’re proud to see them move ahead in our Washington bureau.”

Sammon will oversee editorial content in the Washington bureau, reporting to John Moody, Executive Vice President, News Editorial. The Washington Managing Editor’s job was previously held by Brit Hume, who became Fox’s Senior Political Analyst earlier this year. Boughton will be responsible for all DC based operations for the network, reporting to John Stack, Vice President of Newsgathering.

Moody said, “Assuming the title held by Brit Hume is daunting, but Bill has brought energy, leadership and inspired thinking to his role as Deputy Managing editor over the past six months.”

Regarding Boughton, Moody added, “Bryan led our coverage through the entire 2008 political season and the Obama administration’s rise to power. He has the capacity to stay cool under pressure and is a pro in the best sense.”

Prior to joining FNC in 2008 as the Washington Deputy Managing Editor, Sammon was a print journalist for 25 years, most recently serving as the White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner. Earlier he was the White House correspondent for the Washington Times where he covered the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment of President Clinton. Before arriving in Washington, Sammon was a war correspondent for the Stars and Stripes, covering the massacre at Srebrenica in Bosnia and Saddam Hussein’s forces fighting the Kurds in Northern Iraq. The author of four New York Times bestsellers, he began his journalism career at the Plain Dealer in his hometown of Cleveland.

Boughton spent the past fourteen years of his career at FOX News where he began as the original overnight assignment editor. Most recently, Boughton was the Bureau Manager and had assumed the role of Deputy Bureau Chief a year earlier. In 2006, Boughton became the Director of Special Events and the Political Director where he was responsible for the network’s coverage of that year’s midterm elections. Prior to that, he was the Senior Producer of Weekend Live and assisted with producing political specials, conventions and election nights. In 1996, Boughton was one of two producers assigned to build and operate a White House unit for FOX. He then went on to become a White House producer for the network. Boughton started his career at Tribune Broadcasting as a Washington Assignment Editor.

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, entertainment and business news. For more than seven years, FNC has been the most watched cable news channel in the nation. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 90 million homes.