Fox News anchor Bret Baier, 44, will be staying with the network through the foreseeable future (see Bret Baier re-ups with Fox News by Dylan Byers). Baier “has signed a new multi-year deal that will see him staying on as the network’s chief political anchor and host of Special Report,” according to Politico:
“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,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger 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 is scheduled to continue as anchor of the 6pm “Special Report” news broadcast that he has hosted since Brit Hume’s retirement in 2009, and will co-anchor 2016 presidential election coverage as well as co-moderate the Republican Debate from Cleveland on August 6.
Baier became familiar to the Fox News audience while covering the 2000 presidential campaign’s aftermath when hanging chads and the intention of voters became the 24/7 news cycle. His reporting from precincts revisiting multiple ballots with “hanging chads” was the cause of his nickname, “Chad Lad.”
The chad controversy from the 2000 election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore is described in Wikipedia:
“In the 2000 United States presidential election, many Florida votes used Votomatic style punched card ballots where incompletely punched holes resulted in partially punched chads: either a ‘hanging chad,’ where one or more corners were still attached, or a ‘dimpled chad’ or ‘pregnant chad,’ where all corners were still attached, but an indentation appears to have been made. These votes were not counted by the tabulating machines. The aftermath of the controversy caused the rapid discontinuance of punched card ballots in the United States.”
The Chad Lad has move far beyond that controversy and is now one of the premiere personalities at Fox News.