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Uma Pemmaraju dies at 64, first anchor of Fox News Channel

Uma Pemmaraju, the first anchor of Fox News Channel, passed away at the age of 64.

Fox News first went on the air on October 7, 1996, and Pemmaraju was there. Pemmaraju was one of the few Indian-American anchors to gain national notoriety at the time, and she was adored by both Fox News coworkers and viewers.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Uma Pemmaraju, who was one of FOX News Channel’s founding anchors and was on the air the day we launched. Uma was an incredibly talented journalist as well as a warm and lovely person, best known for her kindness to everyone she worked with. ,” FOX News Media CEO expressed her sadness about Uma’s passing away. 

The cause of death wasn’t made known right after the incident.

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The first host of “Fox News Now” and “Fox On Trends” was Uma Pemmaraju. After leaving the network, she returned in 2003 as an anchor and replacement host for the entire Fox news network. She also headlined “The Fox Report,” aired “FOX News Live” on Sundays, and conducted remarkable sit-down interviews with the Dalai Lama as well as other notable newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians.

Pemmaraju has also served as the host of a number of Fox News specials, such as “A Special for Young People,” in which well-known journalists offer advice to young adults on how to deal with challenges in life. On Mother’s Day in 2012, Pemmaraju was shocked when her daughter unexpectedly appeared live on camera during a Fox News segment.

The unique anchor moved to New York to assist in the founding of Fox News Channel after being born in India, growing up in Texas and honing her skills at regional stations in Dallas, Baltimore, and Boston (WBZ-TV). David Wade of WBZ-TV was told by her family that she was a “noble person and pioneer.”

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In 1996 and 1997, Boston Magazine named Pemmaraju “Boston’s Best Anchor,” and during the course of her career, she has received multiple Emmys for reporting and investigative journalism. She was listed by Spotlight Magazine as one of the “20 Intriguing Women of 1998.” Pemmaraju also won the Texas AP award for reporting in 2002, the Matrix Award from Women in Communications, and the Women of Achievement award from the Big Sisters Organization of America.

Pemmaraju has a unique television career, but she also worked as a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and taught journalism at Harvard University and Emerson College.

Pemmaraju graduated from Trinity University in Texas where she studied political science.

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