(Liberty Bell) – One of Fox News most beloved founding anchors has passed away at the age of 64, shocking the network and those who knew and loved her.
Fox News has reported that Uma Pemmaraju has died. She was on the air when Fox launched on Oct. 7, 1996 and was, at the time, one of the only Indian-American anchors to make it to the national stage.
She was loved by Fox News viewers and her colleagues alike. The cause of death has not been made public as of Wednesday morning.
“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. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her entire family,” FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 9, 2022
I was so sad to hear. @UmaPemmaraju was a beautiful person inside & out. Talented and kind. A cherished friend.
Original Fox News Channel anchor Uma Pemmaraju dies at 64 https://t.co/5HUt7GIPR3 #FoxNews
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 9, 2022
Pemmaraju was an award-winning journalist who was born in India, raised in Texas and moved all around the US as she gained prominence in journalism. Her career began at local stations in Dallas before moving to Baltimore where she worked on local stations.
She made her way up the east coast to Boston where she worked for WBZ-TV and eventually relocated to New York where she helped launch Fox News.
Another sad passing for WBZ.
Former Channel 4 anchor and reporter Uma Pemmaraju has passed away.
After leaving WBZ, she went on to be a national news anchor.
— David Wade (@davidwade) August 8, 2022
Pemmaraju first anchored “Fox News Now” and “Fox On Trends.” She left the network but then returned in 2003 as an anchor and substitute host for shows across the network. She also hosted the Sunday edition of “Fox News Live,” anchored “The Fox Report,” and had numerous memorable interviews with newsmakers, celebrities and political figures from all walks of life, including an exciting sit-down with the Dalai Lama.
Pemmaraju also hosted a variety of specials for Fox News, such as “A Special for Young People,” which features top newsmakers offering advice on life challenges to young adults. In 2012, Pemmaraju was surprised on Mother’s Day when her daughter appeared live on-air during a Fox News segment.
Her family told WBZ-TV’s David Wade that she was a “noble soul and pioneer.”
Pemmaraju was named “Boston’s Best Anchor” in 1996 and 1997 by Boston Magazine and received several Emmy awards throughout her career for reporting and investigative journalism.
She was named one of Spotlight Magazine’s “20 Intriguing Women of 1998.” Pemmaraju also won the Texas AP award for reporting in 2002, the Woman of Achievement award from the Big Sisters Organization of America and the Matrix Award from Women in Communications.
Aside from her accomplished television career, Pemmaraju served as a reporter for the San Antonio Express News and taught journalism at Emerson College and Harvard University.
Pemmaraju received her degree in political science from Trinity University in Texas.
She was the epitome of the American dream and an inspiration to immigrants from coast to coast. She certainly left her mark on the world of journalism and reporting and will be missed.
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