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Senior journalist, Brit Hume has been credited for “knowing more about politics and journalism than any other man alive.” With decades of national reporting under his belt at ABC, the respected low-key Hume moved to the freshly launched FOX news network in 1996, where he was key to the channel’s early foundation and formation.
From a young age, Hume’s reporting had historical impacts. While working at the Baltimore Evening Sun, Hume formed an influential partnership with Jack Anderson, who was considered one of the fathers of modern-day investigative journalism. Under Anderson’s wing, Hume uncovered information on a generous Presidential campaign donation that was made by the International Telephone and Telegraph Company in exchange for economic settlements in the three anti-trust suits that the company was facing in federal court. Hume and Anderson’s work eventually resulted in the end of various Nixon cabinet officers’ political careers, the conviction of an US attorney general, and arguably – in combination with the Watergate Scandal – the closing chapter of the Nixon administration.
After a 23-year-career at ABC that included stints as a Capitol Hill correspondent, White House correspondent, and Academy-award nominated documentarian, Hume agreed to leave the “golden standard of media” to establish a brand new network, Fox News. The network quickly ascended from an unknown start-up to a popular trusted news source thanks to Hume’s credibility and endorsement that Fox’s coverage was “fair and balanced.” For 12 years, Hume anchored Special Report, the highest rated news program on cable television. In 2008 he gave up his seat at the anchor desk to serve as a senior political analyst for Fox news and can still frequently be seen on the network.
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX’s weekly public affairs program, “FOX News Sunday.”
Hume stepped down as anchor of “Special Report” in December 2008 after more than 10 years at the helm of the program. Under his leadership, Special Report was the highest rated political program on cable television. In this capacity, Hume also served as the Washington managing editor and was responsible for overseeing news content for FOX News’ Washington bureau. He also anchored all network coverage for every presidential election from 1996-2008. Most recently, Hume served as a panelist during the 2012 Democratic and Republican Conventions.
Before joining FOX News in 1996, Hume was with ABC News for 23 years, serving as chief White House correspondent from 1989 through 1996. During his tenure, he contributed to World News Tonight With Peter Jennings, Nightline and This Week as well as various specials for the news division. Hume joined ABC in 1973 as a consultant for the network’s documentary division and was named a Washington correspondent in 1976. He was later promoted to Capitol Hill correspondent and reported on Congress until 1988.
Earlier, Hume reported for United Press International, beginning his career as a newspaper reporter with The Hartford Times and the Baltimore Evening Sun.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2003 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the National Press Foundation and a 1991 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Gulf War. The author of two books Inside Story and Death and the Mines, Hume was named “The Best in the Business” by the American Journalism Review for his extensive news coverage of the White House.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Hume resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife Kim Schiller Hume.
Brit Hume advises the graduating class of Randolph-Macon College about how to make it in the challenging job market today. He urges students not to be dismayed by the boring tedious tasks they may have at their first post-college jobs or internships, but rather, carry out whatever duty befalls them to the best of their ability. “Whatever the job is, however menial it may seem, it matters to someone above you that it be done properly,” Hume explains, stressing that when people do these jobs well, it will be noticed.
He cites a story from his days at ABC of a cheerful entry-level employee who always made sure that everything she did - from getting coffee to answering phones – was done joyfully and correctly. “And her name was Katie Couric,” Hume states.
One of the most trusted journalists of our time, Brit Hume draws from decades of experience as a political insider to deliver sharp analyses of Capitol Hill’s current issues. Stepping back from the conventional perspective of the media, he quietly demands audiences’ attention as he presents alternative ways of approaching the stories trending out of Washington D.C. in addition to political events across the country.
Unpretentious and endearing, Hume’s wit sneaks up on listeners, leaving them with memorable stories of current and past events as well as the future implications they hold for our nation.
Special Report With Brit Hume: Behind the Scenes in Washington
How will the politics of change in Washington affect your life and your business? The anchor who spearheaded and carried the highest rated political program on cable TV addresses the latest headlines out of Washington and what’s happening in Congress.
What's Ahead: The President, the Congress, and the Policy
FOX New's Brit Hume draws from his 40 years in political journalism to clarify the presidential and congressional agenda, analyze their strategy and discuss how the country may look going forward.
“Brilliance and common sense in one package. Brit, you are a rarity. Thanks for the wonderful job before our hospital CEOs.”
– North Carolina Hospital Association
“Brit was the best guest speaker we ever had.”
– E. I. DuPont DeNemours & Company
“His memory and eye for detail bolstered his reputation as one of the best reporters in Washington.”
– Institute for Research on Economics of Taxation
“Mr. Hume received a standing ovation! He makes a program chairman look good.”
– Cincinnati Ohio Women’s Club
“Mr. Hume is simply excellent!”
– University of Iowa Lecture Series
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