Fred Barnes Biography
Fred Barnes is an American political commentator who appears frequently on Bret Baier’s Fox News Channel program Special Report. He was previously the executive editor of the defunct news website The Weekly Standard, as well as the co-host of the Fox News Channel’s The Beltway Boy with Mort Kondracke.
Fred Barnes Education
Barnes, the son of a US Air Force officer, graduated from St. Stephens School in Alexandria in 1960. He spent two years in the United States Army. He then went on to the University of Virginia, where he majored in history and received a bachelor’s degree with honors. Barnes was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Despite attending different high schools, Barnes was friends with fellow Fox News host Brit Hume in high school and at the University of Virginia.
Fred Barnes Career
After working for The Charleston News and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, for several years, he became a reporter for the Washington Star. Prior to heading to the Baltimore Sun, he covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Star.
Fred worked for the Baltimore Sun as a national political journalist. He worked at The New Republic as a senior editor and White House correspondent from 1985 through 1995. He also contributed to the American Spectator’s “Presswatch” media column.
From 1985 to 1998, he was a panelist on the current affairs show The McLaughlin Group, where he was dubbed Freddy “the Beadle” Barnes by the show’s presenter. Barnes was the host of Radio America’s What’s the Story? He is currently a moderator on Voice of America’s Issues in the News program.
Barnes was chosen as one of three panelists to question then-President Ronald Reagan and opponent Walter Mondale in the first nationally televised debate of the 1984 presidential campaign.
Barnes has appeared in cameo roles in films such as Dave, Getting Away with Murder, and Independence Day. Fred was thrown out the first pitch for the Bost Red Sox held at Fenway Park in Boston.
Barnes published Rebel in Chief, favorable biography of President George W. Bush, in 2006. Isaac Chotiner described it as “fawning and at times unintentionally amusing” in a review in The Washington Monthly, identifying its author as a “perfect Bush hack.”
He is a member of the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s board of directors. Fred and his family chose to disaffiliate The Falls Church from the Episcopal Church in the United States of America as members of the congregation. He serves as a senior fellow at The Fund for American Studies and is a member of its board of trustees.
Fred Barnes Age
How old is Fred Barnes? Fred is 80 years old as of 2023. He was born on February 1, 1943, in Virginia, the United States of America. In addition, Fred celebrates his birthday on February 1st every year.
Fred Barnes Wife
Barnes is happily married to Barbara Barnes. The duo met on a blind date in 1966 when Barbara was a sixth-grade teacher in Washington D.C. They wed in 1967 and are blessed with four grown-up children.
Fred Barnes Family
Barnes was born and raised in the United States of America by his loving parents. His father was an Air Force officer. However, Fred has not disclosed more details about his family members.
Fred Barnes Height
Barnes stands at an average height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m) tall and weighs average.
Fred Barnes Net Worth
Barnes has an estimated net worth of $2 million. His income is mainly from his successful career as a Fox News correspondent and commentator.
Fred Barnes Salary
Barnes receives an average annual salary of $75,000 from his current job as a news journalist for Fox News Channel.