Bret Baier
Baier in 2014
William Bret Baier

(1970-08-04) August 4, 1970 (age 53)
EducationDePauw University (BA)
Amy Baier
(m. 2004)

William Bret Baier (/ˈbrɛt ˈbər/ BRET BAY-ər;[1] born August 4, 1970) is an American journalist and the host of Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel and the chief political anchor for Fox.[2] He previously worked as the network's Chief White House Correspondent and Pentagon correspondent.

Early life

Baier was born in Rumson, New Jersey, to a family of mixed German and Irish origins.[3][4] Raised Catholic, he attended Marist School, a private Roman Catholic high school in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1988. Baier then attended the Methodist DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, graduating in 1992 with a BA degree in political science and English.[5] At DePauw, he became a member of the Xi Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[6]


Baier and Martha MacCallum moderate a town hall with President Donald Trump in 2020

Baier began his television career with a local station WJWJ TV16 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, before joining WRAL-TV, then CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina. He sent an audition tape to Fox News in 1998, and was hired as the network's Atlanta bureau chief.

On September 11, 2001, he drove from Georgia to 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.[7]

He was named Fox News's White House correspondent in 2007, covering the administration of George W. Bush. In the fall of 2007, he began substituting for Brit Hume, then the anchor of Special Report, on Fridays.[2]

Baier (right) with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2020

On December 23, 2008, Hume anchored his final show and announced Baier would replace him as anchor of Special Report.[8] He hosted his first show as permanent anchor on January 5, 2009.[2]

In October 2021, Baier promoted his new book To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[9]

In June 2023, Baier interviewed former US President Donald Trump.[10] In that interview, Baier pressed Trump on his refusal to return classified documents,[11] asked him why he insulted people he himself had hired, [12] and fact-checked him about the 2020 election.[13] Baier was roundly praised for his performance in the interview,[14] [15] which was seen by many as a disaster for Trump.[16] [17]

In August 2023 Baier co-moderated the first GOP Primary debate alongside Martha MacCallum the debate was viewed by around 12.8 million people.[18]

In September 2023, Baier interviewed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Sindalah, Saudi Arabia.[19][20] [21]

In October 2023, Baier planned to host a discussion between the candidates vying to replace Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy after his ouster Representatives Kevin Hern, Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise planned to join Baier to make their public case for House Leadership on Special Report. However the plans fell through after other House Republicans became angry at the idea, calling it a "horrible idea" and a "distraction".[22] [23] [24]

In February 2024, Baier travelled to Ukraine to interview President Volodymyr Zelensky about the ongoing Russo-Ukraine War It was the first interview Zelensky has done on the frontlines of the war. In the interview, Zelensky called Tucker Carlson's Interview with Vladimir Putin "two hours of bullshit" and made the case for more western aid to Ukraine.[25] [21]

Recognition and reception


Baier has received numerous awards for his work. In 2016, Baier earned the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism from the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program.[26] In 2017, he received the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the National Press Foundation[27] and the Urbino Press Award from the Municipality of Urbino.[28]


Some critics have argued that there is a conservative bias in Baier's reporting.[29] In an email shortly after the 2020 United States presidential election, Baier argued that Fox should pull its projection that Joe Biden had won the state of Arizona.[30] Baier worried that the projection, which turned out to be accurate, might upset Fox viewers enough for them to abandon the network.[31]

Personal life

Baier, who served as an altar boy in his youth, is a practicing Roman Catholic and attends Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown.[32][33]

Baier and his wife Amy have two sons, Daniel and Paul.[34] Paul was born with cardiac problems and before the child's open-heart surgery in 2008, President George W. Bush invited Baier and his wife and son to the 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.[35]



  1. ^ Bret Baier Looks Back at 10 Years of Hosting "Special Report". Fox News Insider. January 5, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bret Baier, the Successor to Brit Hume on Fox's 'Special Report'". The Washington Post. January 6, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Koncius, Jura (June 25, 2009). "For a Fox Newsman and His Family, A Retreat Inspired by Ralph Lauren". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Baier, Bret [@BretBaier] (March 17, 2014). "Yep - German and Irish RT @Papatul @BretBaier Bret, are YOU Irish???" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 11, 2021. Retrieved June 21, 2021 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Bret Baier|Biography|Fox News Archived April 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine; accessed July 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Significant Sigs | Sigma Chi Fraternity Archived October 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine; accessed April 19, 2015.
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  8. ^ Ariens, Chris (December 23, 2008). "Bret Baier to be Named Host of "Special Report"". TV Newser. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
  9. ^ "Bret Baier chats with Stephen Colbert about Fox host's new Ulysses S. Grant book". Fox News. October 7, 2021.
  10. ^ "Bret Baier's Interview with Donald Trump Draws 2.6 Million Viewers". Forbes.
  11. ^ "Donald Trump Talks Ballot-Stuffing with Fox News' Bret Baier, Who then Says, "You Lost the 2020 Election"". June 19, 2023.
  12. ^ "Trump, who said he hired only the best people, was thoroughly asked why so many key players of his administration didn't want him to be president again". June 20, 2023.
  13. ^ "Trump reacts angrily as Fox News anchor directly tells him he lost the 2020 election". June 20, 2023.
  14. ^ "Bret Baier Earns Bipartisan Praise for Grilling Trump on Classified Docs: 'An Extraordinary Interview'". June 20, 2023.
  15. ^ "Bret Baier Earns Praise for Trump Interview Performance". June 20, 2023.
  16. ^ "Trump All but Confesses to Mishandling Classified Docs on Fox News". Rolling Stone. June 19, 2023.
  17. ^ "Trump's Fox News interview with Bret Baier arms DeSantis campaign". Retrieved February 25, 2024.
  18. ^ "Republican debate ratings show 12.8 million watched first GOP showdown of 2023, Fox says - CBS News". CBS News. August 24, 2023.
  19. ^ "Anticipation high for Saudi Crown Prince's Fox News exclusive interview". Arab News. September 20, 2023. Retrieved September 20, 2023.
  20. ^ "Bret Baier interviews Saudi Prince: Israel peace, 9/11 ties, Iran nuke fears: 'Cannot see another Hiroshima'". Fox News. September 20, 2023. Retrieved September 20, 2023.
  21. ^ a b "Zelenskyy said he didn't have time to watch more than 2 hours of Tucker Carlson interviewing Putin". Business Insider.
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  25. ^ "Zelenskyy appeals to Trump, Congress to see 'tragedy' of Russia invasion in exclusive Bret Baier interview". Fox News. February 22, 2024.
  26. ^ "Bret Baier Wins Kenneth Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism". Adweek. May 12, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  27. ^ "Bret Baier Selected for Taishoff Award". National Press Association. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  28. ^ "It is Bret Baier of Fox News the winner of the Urbino Press Award 2018". Vivere Urbino. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  29. ^ "The Real Problem with Fox News". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  30. ^ Pengelly, Martin (September 21, 2022). "Fox News anchor Bret Baier wanted Arizona 'put back' in Trump's column, book says". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  31. ^ Jones, Tom (September 21, 2022). "A new book about Trump calls out a Fox News anchor". Poynter. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  32. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (June 10, 2008). "A father's first Father's Day". The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corporation. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  33. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (February 17, 2011). "How Catholic Is Bret Baier?". fishbowldc. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  34. ^ Roberts, Roxanne; Argetsinger, Amy (July 8, 2010). "The Reliable Source: Love, etc.: Bret Baier, Rachel Dratch, Ed Swiderski and Jillian Harris". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  35. ^ Significant Sigs | Sigma Chi Fraternity Archived October 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine; accessed October 12, 2014.