Fox News Inks Chris Wallace to New Multiyear Deal

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"Rupert Murdoch has asked me to stay on the beat well past the 2020 election," the anchor said.

Chris Wallace is staying put at Fox News. 

The network has re-signed the anchor to a multiyear deal, Fox News Channel's president of news Jay Wallace said Thursday.

"After almost 14 years as the anchor of Fox News Sunday, I think I am starting to get the hang of it," Chris Wallace quipped.

Fox News wasn't specific about the length of Wallace's new deal, except to confirm that he will be there for the next presidential election.

Wallace, the biological son of 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace and stepson of former CBS News president Bill Leonard, earned kudos from both the right and the left in 2016 for his professionalism in moderating the third general presidential debate, the first time a Fox News host was invited to do so.

Prior to that, Wallace co-moderated the first Republican primary debate of the most recent presidential cycle, attracting 24 million viewers and setting a record for the most-watched non-sports cable telecast in history. 

"Rupert Murdoch has asked me to stay on the beat well past the 2020 election. I am honored by his confidence, and excited to keep reporting as part of the Fox News team," Wallace said.

Wallace, 69, got his start in news as a 16-year-old assistant to legendary anchor Walter Cronkite. Prior to joining Fox, he also worked at ABC News and NBC News.

Among those he has interviewed are Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, and he has won three Emmy Awards.

"Throughout his 50-plus years in broadcast journalism, Chris has established himself as one of the most esteemed journalists of our time," said Jay Wallace.