- In January, Bill Hemmer took over Shepard Smith's slot on Fox News and now hosts "Bill Hemmer Reports".
- He plays an important role as the main news anchor on the President's favorite television channel.
- He has been on the air for 25 years and started on the local news in Cincinnati before joining CNN and working his way up. In 2005 he jumped to Fox News.
- After 15 years since joining the network, he now heads the broadcaster's reporting.
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Bill Hemmer chooses his words carefully.
In January 2020, he took over Fox News & # 39; 3 p.m. hours of news slot. He took over Shepard Smith, who resigned from Fox according to reporting for the station since its launch in 1996.
Hemmer has been an anchor on Fox News for 15 years, but this is the first time that he has his own show. In his career – much of it with Fox’s rival CNN – he has reported atrocities such as the Boston Marathon bombing, the Haiti earthquake, and shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It has also covered a number of presidential elections.
It's a high stakes gig. Fox News is the President's favorite television channel. And sometimes there was tension between Fox employees on the news side of the broadcaster like Smith and on the opinion side like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity – to name just two of President Donald Trump's favorite personalities. And Hemmer was an important voice in informing Fox News viewers about the corona virus. interview People like Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert.
In an interview with Insider in January, Hemmer was thrilled with his role, but spoke cautiously about whether he was nervous about taking over Smith's high-profile slot.
"Well," he said, "I want to do it right."
"I have long felt that your best preparation – sorry, your best defense – in this industry is your own preparation," he added.
He has been preparing for some time. His life is full of "data points". There was the German professor who convinced him to get out of the USA and move to Luxembourg. The Iran-Contra deal on CNN in 1987 was observed, as well as the effects of an early "mid-life crisis", in which he quit his job and traveled the world and returned programs that would later give him two Emmys brought in.
Although he's been known to the public for 25 years and unlike the opinion leaders he works with on Fox News, he has managed to avoid controversy.
On his TwitterHis most common tweet seems to be a simple, undisputed weekly reminder: "Friday, folks." And as he said Washington Post 2010: "Hit wood, I think I was lucky, as my mother would say, to be careful before you speak."
This has been his life and career so far.