Bret Baier has signed a new multi-year deal with Fox News Channel to continue as the anchor of Special Report and lead anchor of political news coverage through the 2016 election. Baier is already set to helm Fox News’ election coverage this year, co-anchoring the election night telecast with Megyn Kelly. “Bret’s tough but fair approach to journalism has made him one of the most trusted news anchors in the industry and an integral part of FNC’s success,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said.
Since January 2009, Baier has served as the anchor of Special Report at 6 PM, the top-rated political news program on cable, averaging nearly 2 million viewers. Last month, Special Report ranked as the third most-watched program in cable news. In addition to anchoring FNC’s coverage of the 2012 Republican primaries, Baier moderated five debates, including the highest-rated cable news debate this cycle in Orlando, Fla. He will report live from both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention in the fall, and lead the network’s election-night coverage. Baier took over Special Report from veteran anchor Brit Hume, who now serves as a senior political analyst for FNC. Prior to that role, he was Chief White House Correspondent, where he covered President Bush from 2006-2009.