Bret Baier
William Bret Baier

(1970-08-04) August 4, 1970 (age 52)
EducationDePauw University
OccupationNews anchor
Amy Baier
(m. 2004)

William Bret Baier (/ˈbrɛt ˈbər/ BRET BAY-ər;[1] born August 4, 1970) is the host of Special Report with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel and the chief political correspondent 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 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 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.[citation needed]

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
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.[7] 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.[8]

Published works

Baier is the author of five books, including three history books in the “Three Days” series.


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.[12][13]

Baier and his wife Amy have two sons, Daniel and Paul.[14] 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.[15]


  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; accessed April 19, 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Bret Baier chats with Stephen Colbert about Fox host's new Ulysses S. Grant book". October 7, 2021.
  9. ^ "Bret Baier Wins Kenneth Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism". Adweek. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "Bret Baier Selected for Taishoff Award". National Press Association. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "It is Bret Baier of Fox News the winner of the Urbino Press Award 2018". Vivere Urbino. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (June 10, 2008). "A father's first Father's Day". The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corporation. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  13. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (February 17, 2011). "How Catholic Is Bret Baier?". fishbowldc. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Significant Sigs | Sigma Chi Fraternity; accessed October 12, 2014.