Fox News Signs Anchor Bret Baier to New Contract

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"Bret continues to be the gold standard, not only across FNC, but the entire news industry," Fox News president Jay Wallace said.

Fox News has agreed on a new, multiyear contract with Special Report anchor Bret Baier, one of the network's most important news-side personalities.

Baier has been anchoring the show since January 2009, recently celebrating his 10-year anniversary, and joined Fox News back in 1998 as an Atlanta-based reporter.

"Bret continues to be the gold standard not only across FNC, but the entire news industry and his reporting has played an integral role in the success and growth of the network," said network president Jay Wallace in a statement.

Wallace said that Baier "brings unparalleled journalistic expertise and political knowledge that our viewers continue to tune in for and we are proud that he will be with us for many years to come.”

Assessing his lengthy career at the network, Baier said, "There is no group of people I would rather be working with to bring complete, fair and balanced news to our viewers. I am very honored to continue in this role and value the trust that FNC has placed in me to do what I love every day.”

The announcement confirmed that Baier will co-anchor the network's coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

Baier is grouped with anchors like Shepard Smith, Chris Wallace and Martha MacCallum, who play the news straight down the middle and counterbalance the network's primetime opinionators, like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

In interviews, Baier is regularly pressed on some of the more controversial comments made by the network's opinion hosts. "I made it through The View with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar trying to get me again and again to say how much I hate what Sean Hannity does," he said at an industry event in September.

Before scoring a June interview with President Trump, Baier spent months pleading his case with the White House. 

Recently, the network announced contract extensions for Wallace (September 2017) and Smith (March 2018).