Ahead of the first GOP debate of the 2016 cycle, Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor and host of Special Report, Bret Baier has signed a new multi-year deal with the network.
“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 CEO of FOX News. “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.”
Baier has been anchor of Special Report since 2009, taking over for Brit Hume who anchored the show since the beginning of Fox News, in 1996. Baier has been with the FNC since 1998 as the network’s first southeast correspondent based in Atlanta. On September 11th, 2001 he notably traveled from Atlanta to cover the attacks from the Pentagon and has remained in Washington ever since.
“It is a real privilege and honor to continue at FOX News, where I have worked for almost two decades,” said Baier. “During that time, I have been given many amazing opportunities and am incredibly grateful that Roger Ailes has put his trust in me again.”
Baier will co-anchor all 2016 election coverage and co-host the first GOP debate Aug. 6 on Fox News with Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. “With the political season now in full swing and the world news environment constantly changing, there is still no better place to be — to bring fair and balanced news to viewers,” Baier added.