Fred Barnes joined the FOX team in 1996 as a political contributor and is co-host of The Beltway Boys with Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call. Barnes is also a regular contributor on Fox News Channel's Special Report with Brit Hume, the #1 weeknight political program on cable.
In September 1995, after ten years as Senior Editor and White House Correspondent for The New Republic, Barnes founded The Weekly Standard, along with William Kristol and John Podhoretz, and serves as its executive editor. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group public affairs television program.
Barnes is the host of two weekly radio shows, 'Issues in the News' on Voice of America and 'What's the Story,' a syndicate show on the media. He also appears as chief correspondent on the PBS Series, 'National Desk.'
Barnes has written for Reader's Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Washingtonian, The Public Interest, Policy Review and both The Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times of London.
Barnes has received numerous accolades for his sharp-witted and humorous political commentaries. The Media Guide gave Barnes four stars, its highest rating and called him "a great political reporter-columnist" whose material is "exquisitely timed."
Mr. Barnes is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.