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Chief Political Anchor, “Special Report with Bret Baier”
FOX News Channel
Bret Baier serves as chief political anchor for Fox News Channel (FNC) and anchor of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” the number one news program on cable (6-7 p.m. ET). Before assuming this role, which he took over for Brit Hume in January of 2009, Baier served as chief White House correspondent, where he reported on presidential activities on a national and international level from 2006-2009. He interviewed President Bush and Vice President Cheney multiple times.
Prior to being named chief White House correspondent, Baier served as national security correspondent and reported on military and national security affairs, as well as on defense, military policy and the intelligence community from the Pentagon from 2001-2006. Baier has reported from Iraq 12 times and from Afghanistan 13 times. He has traveled the world with various administration and military officials and on his own – reporting from 74 different countries.
During the 2012 political season, Baier served as co-anchor of FNC’s America’s Election HQ alongside Megyn Kelly. In addition, Baier provided extensive coverage of the 2012 campaign cycle, anchoring presidential and vice presidential debates, as well as the Republican and Democratic conventions. Baier also moderated Fox News Channel’s five Republican presidential primary debates.
During his tenure at the network, Baier has anchored more than two dozen political specials on FNC and has secured numerous exclusive interviews with government officials. Additionally, he had the only interview with President Obama during the week leading up to the historic health care vote in the House of Representatives in March 2010.
Baier joined FNC in 1998 as the first reporter to be based in the Atlanta bureau. As the network’s Southeast correspondent, Baier covered stories ranging from the 2001 Timothy McVeigh execution to the 1999 Elian Gonzalez story. He also provided a series of reports from Cuba and covered more than a dozen hurricanes, including stories filed from the centers of the storms.
Prior to joining FNC, Baier worked for WRAL-TV (CBS) in Raleigh, NC, WREX-TV (NBC) in Rockford, IL, and WJWJ-TV (PBS) in Beaufort, SC.
A graduate of DePauw University, Baier has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Washington, D.C. with their two young sons.
Writer Jim Mills is a former Capitol Hill producer for Fox News and C-SPAN. His writing has appeared in NationalJournal.com, RealClearPolitics.com, RollCall.com and MLB.com among other publications. Jim lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.