Claudia Cowan
Claudia Lynn Cowan

(1963-07-31) July 31, 1963 (age 60)
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Los Angeles
OccupationTelevision news reporter
TelevisionFox News
SpouseSteve Baker (div.)
Parent(s)Barbara Rush (mother)
Warren Cowan (father)
Barbara Cowan (stepmother)
RelativesCarolyn Hennesy (cousin)
Melissa Gilbert (stepsister)
Sara Gilbert (stepsister)
Jonathan Gilbert (stepbrother)

Claudia Lynn Cowan[1] (born July 31, 1963) is an American television journalist who is a news reporter for Fox News.

Early life and education

Cowan is the daughter of actress Barbara Rush (who also attended UC Santa Barbara) and publicist Warren Cowan, co-founder of Rogers & Cowan, a worldwide public relations firm.[2] She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles.[3]

Cowan’s father married Barbara Crane Gilbert Abeles Udko in 1995 and they remained married until his death in 2008. He was her fourth husband. Barbara Crane was the daughter of The Honeymooners comedy writer Harry Crane and along with her first husband actor Paul Gilbert, adopted Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie fame. She is also the mother of actress Sara Gilbert with Harold Abeles, but Sara adopted the family’s famous acting surname. At age 32, Claudia became a stepsister to Melissa, Jonathan and Sara Gilbert.


She began her career at KTTV-TV (FOX) in Los Angeles, where she worked her way up from being a messenger to an on-air reporter. She then moved to KMST-TV in Monterey, California as a desk assistant, and worked her way up to reporter, anchor of the noon news, then co-anchor of the weekend evening news where she also spent time producing and editing. From there, she spent seven years at KOVR-TV13 (CBS) in Sacramento, California, covering breaking news and state politics, and anchoring the morning and midday newscasts. In 1995, she moved to KRON-4 (NBC) in San Francisco to report for the evening news.

In April 1998, she was hired by the newly launched Fox News, as their Bay Area correspondent. While reporting on the 2014 Isla Vista shootings on a May 26, 2014, Fox News newscast, she says she went to UCSB where the shootings occurred.

Personal life

Cowan was previously married to sports agent Steve Baker and has twin children.[4][5]


  1. ^ Hyman, Jackie (March 6, 1982). "Barbara Rush Insists On Glamorous Image". The Schenectady Gazette. Schenectady, New York. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Saperstein, Pat (May 14, 2008). "Warren Cowan dies at 87". Variety. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "IMDB profile". IMDb. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Stack, Peter (May 25, 1997). "Barbara Rush Still Striking Gold / Film queen in S.F. to star in play and see her daughter, KRON reporter Claudia Cowan". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Towle, Mimi (March 2013). "9 Questions For Claudia Cowan". Marin Magazine. Sausalito, California: 26. Retrieved November 20, 2014.