Original Fox News Channel Anchor Uma Pemmaraju Dies at 64

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

On October 7, 1996, Pemmaraju was on Fox News. As one of the few Indian-American news anchors to achieve national prominence at the time, Pemmaraju was adored by both Fox News viewers and her colleagues.

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Uma Pemmaraju Dies at 64

“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 and warm and lovely person, best known for her kindness to everyone she worked with. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her entire family,” FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said.

The cause of death was not made public at the time of the incident.

Original Fox News Channel anchor Uma Pemmaraju dies at 64
Original Fox News Channel anchor Uma Pemmaraju dies at 64

Initially, Pemmaraju served as the host of both “Fox News Now” and “Fox On Trends.” After a brief hiatus, she returned to the network in 2003, serving as an anchor and fill-in host on various shows. In addition to hosting “FOX News Live” on Sundays, she was the anchor of “The Fox Report” and interviewed many public figures, including the Dalai Lama.

Additionally, Pemmaraju has hosted numerous Fox News specials, including “A Special for Young People,” which featured top newsmakers offering advice to aspiring young adults facing various workplace and personal challenges. On Mother’s Day in 2012, Pemmaraju’s daughter appeared live on air during a Fox News segment, surprising her.

When she moved to New York to help launch Fox News Channel, the award-winning anchor was born, raised, and honed her craft at local TV stations in Dallas, Baltimore, and Boston.

According to Boston Magazine, in 1996 and 1997, Pemmaraju was voted “Boston’s Best Anchor” and received several Emmy Awards for her reporting. A Spotlight Magazine “20 Intriguing Women of the Year” award went to her in 1998. Other accolades include the Texas AP award for reporting in 2002, the Big Sisters Organization of America’s Woman of Achievement award, and the Matrix Award for Women in Communications.

Pemmaraju also worked as a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and taught journalism at Emerson College and Harvard University, in addition to her long television career.

Trinity University in Texas awarded Pemmaraju a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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