Fox News Signs Bret Baier To New Contract

Bret Baier has signed a new multiyear deal with Fox News Channel, where he will continue as anchor and executive editor of Special Report (weeknights 6 p.m. ET) and chief political anchor of the network. Baier will continue to co-anchor all 2020 election coverage.

In making the announcement, Jay Wallace, president and executive editor, Fox News and Fox Business Network said: “Bret continues to be the gold standard not only across FNC, but the entire news industry and his reporting has played an integral role in the success and growth of the network. From election nights to his nightly broadcast Special Report, Baier brings unparalleled journalistic expertise and political knowledge that our viewers continue to tune in for and we are proud that he will be with us for many years to come.”

Baier added, “Having just marked my 10-year anniversary of anchoring Special Report and being at Fox News for more than two decades, there is no group of people I would rather be working with to bring complete, fair and balanced news to our viewers. I am very honored to continue in this role and value the trust that FNC has placed in me to do what I love every day.”

Since January 2009, Baier has been anchor of Special Report, averaging 2.3 million total viewers in 2018, according to Nielsen Media Research. According to FNC, from 2009 to date, Special Report has grown its audience by double-digits — up 13% overall in total viewers and ranked as the highest rated program in its timeslot in cable news for 10 consecutive years in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo.

Throughout his tenure at the network, Baier has interviewed President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Additionally, Baier has hosted more than 50 specials on FNC, reported from Iraq 12 times and Afghanistan 13 times and traveled the world with various administrations and military officials, reporting from 74 different countries over the course of his career. Baier was awarded the 2017 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.


The author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love. He began his career at WJWJ (PBS) Beaufort, S.C.

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