Bret Baier currently serves as FOX News Channel's (FNC) chief political anchor and anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights 6-7PM/ET), the top-rated cable news program in its timeslot and consistently one of the top four shows in cable news. Based in Washington, DC, he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau.
In August 2015, Baier, alongside co-anchors Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly moderated the first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 election. According to Nielsen data, the debate delivered 24 million total viewers and 7.9 million in the key 25-54 demo, making it the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time in total viewers.
For the 2012 political season, he served as co-anchor of FNC's America's Election HQ alongside Megyn Kelly. In addition, Baier provided extensive coverage of the 2012 campaign cycle, anchoring presidential and vice presidential debates, as well as the Republican and Democratic conventions. Baier also moderated Fox News Channel's five Republican presidential primary debates.
During his tenure at the network, Baier has interviewed President Barack Obama, then-President George W. Bush and then-Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2014, he interviewed Hillary Clinton alongside FNC's Greta Van Susteren about her book, "Hard Choices" and the 2016 presidential election. Baier also hosted 13 Hours At Benghazi, a documentary featuring exclusive interviews with the American security operatives who fought on the ground during the attacks in Benghazi.
Additionally, Baier has anchored more than two dozen political specials on FNC, reported from Iraq 12 times and Afghanistan 13 times, traveled the world with various administrations and military officials and reported from 74 countries. Special Report with Bret Baier was recently acknowledged by TIME Magazine's Joe Klein as the only "straight newscast" in cable news at 6PM/ET.
Prior to his anchor role, Baier was named Chief White House Correspondent in 2006 and covered the second term of the Bush administration. Before that, he served as national security correspondent covering military and national security affairs, as well as defense, military policy and the intelligence community from the Pentagon.
As FNC's Southeastern correspondent from 1998 to 2001, he covered a range of stories, including the 2001 Timothy McVeigh execution and the 1999 Elian Gonzalez story. He has also provided a series of reports from Cuba and covered more than a dozen hurricanes.
Prior to joining FNC, Baier worked for WRAL-TV (CBS 5) in Raleigh, NC, WREX-TV (NBC 13) in Rockford, IL and WJWJ-TV (PBS 2) in Beaufort, SC. A graduate of DePauw University, he has a B.A. in political science and English. He is also the author of the New York Times Best-Seller, "Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love."