Julie Banderas
Julie E. Bidwell

(1973-09-25) September 25, 1973 (age 50)
Other namesJulie Bidwell-Sansone[1]
EducationEmerson College
OccupationTelevision news anchor
EmployerFox News
Andrew Sansone
(m. 2009; sep. 2023)

Julie Banderas (born Julie Bidwell, September 25, 1973[a]) is an American television news anchor for Fox News.[2] She hosted Fox Report Weekend before moving to a weekday anchor role, and currently serves as a primary weekday fill-in anchor on programs such as America's Newsroom, The Faulkner Focus, and Outnumbered. She is also a regular guest host on The Big Weekend Show and a frequent guest on Gutfeld!.

Early life and education

Banderas is the daughter of Fabiola R. and Howard Dexter Bidwell (1930–2010).[3][4] Her mother is an immigrant from Colombia;[4] her father was a Navy veteran and civil engineer who started a company called Consolidated Precast, Inc.[1] Banderas has a sister and four half siblings from her father's first marriage.[1] She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Emerson College.[3][5]


Banderas began her career at WLVI-TV in Boston.[6] She went on to serve as a local news anchorwoman for WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Virginia; WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut and WNYW in New York City.

She joined Fox News in March 2005 as a general-assignment reporter.[7]

In 2008, she replaced Laurie Dhue as the anchor for Fox Report Weekend. In 2010, she took maternity leave with Harris Faulkner assuming her responsibilities. She returned to Fox News from leave near the end of 2010 and was reassigned to the position of general news correspondent.

In June 2006, she gained international media attention for an on-air clash with Shirley Phelps-Roper, former spokeswoman for the Westboro Baptist Church,[8] about which she later stated, "These people should be arrested, and I understand the right to protest, but when you disgrace not only our fallen soldiers, but when you disgrace innocent young children, I swear. Lock 'em up. Throw away the key. Give 'em the death penalty. I think it's disgusting."[9]

Personal life

Banderas' former husband Andrew J. Sansone, a member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity and founding president of both Old Rock Media and Big Apple Channel, proposed marriage to her with a message-in-a-bottle that he pretended to discover on the beach while clam digging on Long Island Sound.[10] She announced their engagement during an episode of America's Election Headquarters on September 21, 2008.[11] They wed at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on August 29, 2009.[3] They have three children and reside in New York City.[12][13]

In December 2022, Banderas announced on her Twitter account that she and Sansone had separated.[14] On February 9, 2023, Banderas announced on Fox's Gutfeld! that she was getting a divorce.[15]


  1. ^ Banderas' birthday is September 25.[16] She was thirty-five years old on August 28, 2009.[3] Her full birthday, September 25, 1973, is calculated from these two facts.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Howard BIDWELL Obituary (2010)". Hartford Courant. November 19, 2010 – via Legacy.com.
  2. ^ Banderas, Julie [@JulieBanderas] (June 21, 2018). "My legal last name is Bidwell. Banderas is just an on air name. My fathers name was Howard Dexter Bidwell. Our family founded Hartford, CT and my ancestors are from England. Pretty sure they didn't chain themselves together when they came to U.S. https://t.co/8C1lKyxXUQ https://t.co/KmunDmQ7Dy" (Tweet). Archived from the original on July 20, 2022. Retrieved December 13, 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b c d "Julie Bidwell, Andrew Sansone". The New York Times. August 28, 2009. Retrieved June 22, 2011. The bride, 35, will continue to use the name Julie Banderas professionally
  4. ^ a b "Episode dated February 10, 2008". Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. February 10, 2008. Fox News Channel.
  5. ^ "Julie Banderas". Fox News. Retrieved November 19, 2018 – via FoxNews.com.
  6. ^ "TV 3 Alumni: Where Did They Go?, or 'Where's Meg?'". BridgewaterVA.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2007.
  7. ^ Staff (March 9, 2005). "Julie Banderas Joins Fox News". TV Newser. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  8. ^ Shirley Phelps-Roper on Fox News. gayrightswatch. June 14, 2006. Archived from the original on October 31, 2022. Retrieved December 13, 2022 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Barrett-Fox, Rebecca (December 16, 2010). ""Pray not for this People for their Good": Westboro Baptist Church, the Religious Right, and American Nationalism" (PDF). University of Kansas. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  10. ^ Vows: Julie & Andy | The New York Times. The New York Times. August 31, 2009. Archived from the original on December 7, 2022. Retrieved December 13, 2022 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Episode dated September 21, 2008". America's Election Headquarters. September 21, 2008. Fox News.
  12. ^ Sansone, Andrew [@AndrewSansone] (November 4, 2010). "It's a GIRL! Addison Melissa was born 10:22pm 4/21/10. @juliebanderas & Addison are doing great. Our lives are changed forever" (Tweet). Retrieved December 13, 2022 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Julie Banderas' New Baby Girl!". Fox News. November 13, 2012. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2013 – via FoxNews.com.
  14. ^ Banderas, Julie [@JulieBanderas] (December 9, 2022). "You mean soon to be ex? https://t.co/QYAg7lxBbN" (Tweet). Retrieved December 13, 2022 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Geller, Wendy (February 10, 2023). "Fox News Anchor Julie Banderas Announces Divorce from Andrew Sansone on Live TV". People.
  16. ^ Banderas, Julie. "Julie Banderas". Twitter. See top of page: "Born September 25". Archived from the original on April 15, 2022. Retrieved August 15, 2023.