Fox News’s chief political anchor (and Special Report anchor/executive editor) Bret Baier was awarded the 2017 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by the National Press Foundation last night in Washington.
In addition to his brother, Tim, his wife and son, a number of Special Report staffers and other Fox Newsers were in attendance to see Baier receive the honor and give his acceptance remarks, including his ep Doug Rohrbeck, Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, Capitol Hill producer Chad Pergram, and Washington-based correspondent Griff Jenkins.
Thanks to my brother @TimBaier and my EP @DougRohrbeck for supporting me tonight at the @NatPress awards dinner. #nationalpress #npfdinner pic.twitter.com/7hOOFEbz5X
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) February 16, 2018
Baier joins an esteemed group of journos to earn the honor, including ABC News’s Martha Raddatz (2016 ) and George Stephanopoulos (2014), CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (2013), and Univision’s Jorge Ramos (2012), and NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell (2010).
Baier’s Fox News colleagues Chris Wallace and Brit Hume won the Taishoff Award in 2011 and 2003, respectively.
“This truly is a big honor – I’m humbled by it and the list of past recipients,” Baier told TVNewser. “At our best – journalists can shed light and can truly change the world. In the face of increased attacks and skepticism, we need to push back – press for access and transparency, dig, and ask tough questions- but we also need to listen to all sides – and listen first. We have to stand together and support each other but, we also have to make sure we are presenting the facts for the audience so they can make their own decisions. We need to make doubly sure we’re not trying to make the decisions for them. I really love my job and I look forward to listening around the country and continuing to report during this fascinating time.”
The Special Report anchor received congratulations from TV newsers from across the news landscape, including a shout out from CNN’s Washington bureau chief Sam Feist.
Congratulations to my friend, @BretBaier for winning tonight’s National Press Foundation Sol Taishoff award for excellence in broadcast journalism. ? pic.twitter.com/RiSZ36Z6St
— Sam Feist (@SamFeistCNN) February 16, 2018
And Fox5 Washington’s Tom Fitzgerald:
Happy to join in honoring @BretBaier and other incredible journalists tonight at the @NatPress Foundation Awards in DC tonight. Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/O1ipg0xrYF
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) February 16, 2018