At Fox News Channel, Harris Faulkner
Has A Growing Presence
Fox News Channel, Harris Faulkner Has
Courtesy Fox News
Bill O'Reilly or Megyn Kelly reach more viewers in a single hour than nearly anyone else on Fox News Channel
, but are they as busy as Harris Faulkner?
, 49, has quietly become an almost ubiquitous presence at the 21st Century Fox-owned network, hosting an hour of "Fox Report Weekend" on Sunday evenings as well as serving as a co-anchor on "Outnumbered," the noontime program that has "one lucky guy" spar with four female panelists Monday through Friday.
may not be what viewers typically expect on their TV screen.
"I challenge you to go and turn on the other cable networks to find a face like mine in primetime," says the correspondent of female African-Americans hosting evening programs.
presence at the network is very deliberate.
"I chose Harris for these roles because she's an excellent journalist with a distinct ability to handle breaking news on the Fox Report and seamlessly transition to an issue driven talk show like Outnumbered," said Roger Ailes, Fox News' chairman and chief executive, via email.
may be getting more exposure as Fox News
ponders new ideas.
intense interest in current events as the factor behind her
success at the network, where she
has held forth for little more than a decade.
While living in Minnesota, she
even had a vanity license plate: "BRKNOOZ."
"When you see me up on a breaking-news story, it is not good news," she
said during a recent interview on the set of "Outnumbered" after the conclusion of a broadcast.
"I'm not about to give you the secret to my mom's sweet potato pie.
Viewers appreciate someone who can distill a lot of information and deliver it succinctly, she
said: "I am tasked with being that voice of calm and reason and disseminating the facts as we understand and know them."
performs a balancing act, of sorts.
On Sunday's "Fox Report," she hews closer to TV-anchor tradition, drilling down on the latest breaking information.
But on "Outnumbered," she
takes part in a show where talk can veer into analysis, humor and the personal lives of the panelists.
relies on that breaking-news "main muscle" to power her
through both programs.
During a recent broadcast of "Outnumbered," Faulkner's stick-to-the-facts attitude was on full display.
The program is an experiment of sorts, an effort by Fox News
to nod to the news of the day for viewers on both coasts but also open discussion and debate.
In the show's final moments, the panel was talking about an Indonesian shirt company that had adorned its apparel with labels offering eyebrow-raising washing instructions: Let a woman do it.
While other members of the panel provided honest reaction, Faulkner
took things a step further, offering details to illustrate her
feelings on the matter.
family life, she
does do the laundry most of the time, while her
husband takes care of the exterior of the house."In my household, it actually is my job," she
has had an interesting journey.
Prior to arriving at Fox News
was a substitute host for Nancy Grace on Time Warner's HLN and a correspondent for longtime syndicated newsmagazine "A Current Affair.
time on the latter taught her
a lesson about waiting for the right moment to cover a story.
In 2005, Faulkner
was on assignment for "Affair" on the island of Aruba, where teenager Natalie Holloway had just disappeared.
"It was into the third day of her
"The scrum of media had not arrived yet.
The planes were still being booked."
deliberately did not press to get the mother on her
wanted to get answers from medical authorities and didn't know whom to trust/.
There were other kids on the island who had been with her
There were so many loose ends and people to talk to.
The correspondent felt the time was wrong to push for an interview, and believes she
was rewarded for her
"Our professional relationship grew from that," Faulkner
"There are just times when all you have to do is be human, and if it's meant to be, you'll get whatever it's going to be, in terms of the information," she
Holloway's mother would later take part in a half-hour special that examined her
daughter's disappearance a year after it took place.
Taking that stance "means that sometimes you aren't going to get what everyone else has at the moment, but when you get it, you can make your mark on it," she
seems content with her
current role at the network, though she
suggested at another time she
would have loved to been a sportscaster.
remains open to doing more at the outlet: "I want for Mr. Ailes to look at me at some point and say, 'Here's my next idea,' and I'm so good with that.
already busy schedule become even more so?
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