- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Fox News Channel’s new face on the evening newscast next year will be a journalist who has a knack for politics.

White House correspondent Bret Baier will replace 35-year veteran Brit Hume as anchor of “Special Report.”

Mr. Baier said he plans “on continuing to maintain the prestige of the program in every way I know how,” according to wire reports.

His career highlights include exclusive interviews with President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. He has also traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan covering the first years of war and the birth of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His first job at Fox News Channel started in 1998 at the Atlanta bureau.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hume, 65, is cutting back his hours. He has announced his retirement in July.

Phil Metlin, news director at Fox 5 in Washington, told The Washington Times “there’s no surprise” about Mr. Hume’s retirement.

Throughout his career, Mr. Hume has worked for ABC, United Press International, the Hartford Times and the Baltimore Evening Sun.

Mr. Baier will start his new job on Jan. 5.

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