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Bret Baier

Bret Baier
Born William Bret Baier
(1970-08-04) August 4, 1970
Rumson, New Jersey, U.S.
Education DePauw University
Occupation Fox News anchor
Notable credit(s) Host of Special Report with Bret Baier
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Amy Baier
Children 2

William Bret Baier (born August 4, 1970, Rumson, New Jersey[1]) is the host of Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News Channel.[2] He previously worked as the network's Chief White House Correspondent and Pentagon correspondent.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Baier was raised Catholic in Marist High School (Atlanta), a private Roman Catholic high school, graduating in 1988. Baier then attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, graduating in 1992. At DePauw, he became a member of the Xi Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.


Baier began his television career with a local station in Arlington, Virginia to cover the attack on the Pentagon. He never returned to the Atlanta bureau and was instead tapped as the network's Pentagon correspondent, remaining at the post for five years and taking 11 trips to Afghanistan and 13 trips to Iraq.

He was named Fox News's Brit Hume, then the anchor of Special Report, on Fridays.[2]

On December 23, 2008, Brit Hume anchored his final show and announced Baier would replace him as anchor of Special Report.[3] He hosted his first show as permanent anchor on January 5, 2009.[2]

A Freedom of Information Act request filed to investigate alleged anti-Fox News bias in the Barack Obama administration revealed an internal email from the White House communications office, dated October 23, 2009, that referred to Baier as a "lunatic."[4] The aide who sent the email later apologized to Baier.[5]

Personal life

Baier, who served as an

  • FOX News Channel: Bret Baier bio
  • Bret Baier's Twitter Account
  • Bret Baier at the Notable Names Database
  • DePauw University: FOX News' Bret Baier '92 Discusses Politics, News Coverage and the Impact of His DePauw Education
  • Bret Baier '92 Returns to DePauw for Ubben Lecture, Receives Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

External links

  1. ^ Koncius, Jura (June 25, 2009). "For a Fox Newsman and His Family, A Retreat Inspired by Ralph Lauren". The Washington Post ( 
  2. ^ a b c d Post Store (January 6, 2009). "'"Bret Baier, the Successor to Brit Hume on Fox's 'Special Report.  
  3. ^ Ariens, Chris (December 23, 2008). """Bret Baier to be Named Host of "Special Report.  
  4. ^ "'"Emails reveal White House calling Bret Baier 'a lunatic.  
  5. ^ "'"White House Aide Who Called Bret Baier a 'Lunatic' Apologized 'Profusely.  
  6. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (June 10, 2008). "A father's first Father's Day".  
  7. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (February 17, 2011). "How Catholic Is Bret Baier?". fishbowldc. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^  
  9. ^ Significant Sigs | Sigma Chi Fraternity; accessed October 12, 2014.


Baier and his wife Amy have two sons.[8] One of their sons with born with Oval Office for a visit and had the White House physician update him on Paul's progress.[2] In 2009, Baier was named a "Significant Sig" by the Sigma Chi Fraternity.[9]


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