Fox News announced Wednesday it has re-signed “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier to a multi-year contract extension, where he will continue to host the nightly news broadcast and serve as the network’s chief political anchor.
In a statement, FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes praised Baier for being one of the “most trusted anchors” in the news industry, adding that he will be on board with the network through the 2016 election and “for many years to come.”
“As one of the most trusted anchors in the industry, Bret’s work ethic and style have played an integral role in the leadership of our Washington bureau and the success of the network,” Ailes said in a statement. “We are proud that his strong journalistic instincts and political expertise will be a part of FOX News throughout our 2016 election coverage and for many years to come.”
Baier took over the reigns of “Special Report” in 2009 when Fox political analyst Brit Hume stepped down from the anchor chair. Since then, he has been at the helm of election night coverage in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and is set to co-moderate the first GOP primary debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland.
“It is a real privilege and honor to continue at FOX News, where I have worked for almost two decades,” Baier said. “During that time, I have been given many amazing opportunities and am incredibly grateful that Roger Ailes has put his trust in me again. With the political season now in full swing and the world news environment constantly changing, there is still no better place to be — to bring fair and balanced news to viewers.”