Ed Henry, the husband of NPR’s deputy Washington editor Shirley Hung Henry, was fired from Fox News on July 1 after an employee of the network made a sexual misconduct claim against him.
According to a statement from the network on July 1, 2020, the complaint against Henry was made on June 25. The incident occurred “years ago,” the press release said. Henry was removed from his on-air duties on June 25 and the claim was investigated by an outside law firm. The Fox News release said that the network had never used the firm in the past. Henry was fired based on the findings of the law firm.
Henry has denied the accusations. His wife has not commented. In a statement to The New York Times, his attorney said, “Ed Henry denies the allegations referenced in the Fox announcement and is confident that he will be vindicated after a full hearing in an appropriate forum.” Henry’s accuser is being represented by attorney Douglas Wigdor. He issued a statement saying no further information can be released at this time.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Shirley & Ed Henry Married in 2010 After Meeting While Working at CNN
Shirley Hung Henry, 46, and Ed Henry, 44, met while they were both working at CNN. The couple married in 2010 at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort at a wedding featuring an Elvis impersonator, according to a CNN story about the ceremony.
Ed Henry was CNN’s senior White House correspondent at the time and Shirley Hung was a senior producer.
Henry has two children from a previous marriage, according to the Washington Post.
2. Ed Henry’s Alleged Mistress Told the Tabloid She & Henry Would ‘Pretty Much Just Have Sex’ Whenever He Was in Vegas
Natalia Lima, the Las Vegas woman who told In Touch Weekly she had an affair with Ed Henry, claims they met five years ago on Twitter. She says the affair began in spring 2015 when he was at the Wynn Las Vegas, the same resort where he had married Shirley Henry in 2010.
“Whenever he was in town, we would pretty much just have sex. He has a really high sex drive,” Lima told In Touch. She also gave the tabloid a photo of her with Henry and text messages he sent, including a picture he took in front of Air Force One.
Lima told In Touch, “He never really talked about his wife – he mentioned her a couple times – but I never really asked about her, either.”
She told the tabloid that Henry liked bubble baths, and once brought over Mr. Bubble. She says he also helped pay for her rent.
3. Shirley Henry Is a Graduate of Boston University With a Master’s From Georgetown
Shirley Henry graduated from Boston University, where she studied journalism and international relations, according to her LinkedIn profile. She then attended Georgetown University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in public policy in 1998.
She began working at CNN in February 2005, first as an executive producer for the America Bureau, covering Homeland Security, and then as a coverage manager and supervising producer in Washington, D.C.
4. She Left CNN to Work for NPR in September 2014 & Is Helping to Lead Its 2016 Election Coverage
Shirley Henry left CNN in September 2014 for National Public Radio, according to her bio on NPR’s website.
She was promoted from senior editor to deputy Washington editor in 2015.
“In this role, she helps oversee all aspects of the Washington Desk. Its correspondents, editors, and producers cover the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, presidential campaigns, and other electoral politics, and tell stories across all of NPR’s broadcast and digital platforms. She is also the lead editor for NPR’s White House coverage,” NPR says.
She has a key role in NPR’s coverage of the 2016 presidential election, and helped create the NPR Politics Podcast.
5. Ed Henry Joined Fox News in 2011 After His Contract With CNN Expired
Ed Henry, a graduate of Siena College, worked at CNN from 2004 to 2011, his Fox News bio says.
He joined Fox News as its chief White House correspondent in June 2011. According to FishbowlDC, Henry had been told by CNN that his contract would not be renewed.