Meet Bret Baier
Fox News Chief Political Anchor & Executive Editor and Anchor,"Special Report with Bret Baier"
FOX News Channel
Bret Baier serves as chief political anchor for Fox News Channel (FNC) and executive editor 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.
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. He has reported from Iraq 12 times and from Afghanistan 13 times and has traveled the world with various administration and military officials- reporting from 74 different countries.
Most recently he co-anchored Fox News Channel’s 2014 election night alongside colleague Megyn Kelly—a night where Fox News Channel was the most-watched network on broadcast and cable during midterm coverage. Baier covered the 2012 campaign extensively – taking his show, Special Report, on the road to nine battleground states; anchoring the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates and the Republican and Democratic conventions.
During his tenure at the network, Baier has anchored more than 30 political specialson FNC. In early May of 2011, Baier moderated the first Republican Presidential debate in South Carolina as well as four additional Fox debates throughout the 2012 campaign season.
Throughout his career, Baier has secured numerous exclusive interviews with government officials. 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. Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan called it, “The most revealing and important broadcast interview of Barack Obama ever.” Additionally, Baier has interviewed President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney many times during their time in office and afterwards. He has also interviewed many world leaders – including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Polish President Lech Kaczynski, and former Georgian President Mikheul Saakashvili.
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 sons.