Bret Baier, the host of Fox News‘ Special Report with Bret Baier, is married to Amy Halls Baier. The two have been married for 12 years and have two children, Paul and Daniel.
Baier has been at Fox News Channel since 1998, when he joined their then-new Atlanta bureau. He’s now the network’s chief political anchor and anchors the 6 p.m. ET hour every weeknight. During the 2016 presidential election, he hosted the only Democratic town hall Fox News aired, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Here’s a look at Amy Halls Baier.
1. The Couple Met on a Blind Date & Have Been Married for 12 Years
The 38-year-old Amy met the 46-year-old Baier on a blind date in September 2001, she told Country Magazine in April 2016. Their friends thought they would be perfect together. At the time, she was a media planner for Calvin Klein and worked in Chicago.
“I’m not sure why they thought it would work, but they had a good feeling it would. They did warn me, though, to buckle up — that a life with Brett Baier would be an interesting ride,” Amy recalled.
She told Country Magazine that she was apprehensive about meeting Baier at first because she didn’t want to meet a guy living on the East Coast. She eventually agreed to meet him and their first date was a Rolling Stones concert. “Bret was such a gentleman. He’s from Atlanta and has that southern charm. We’ve been together ever since,” she told the magazine.
At first, they had a long distance relationship, traveling from Chicago to Washington, D.C. to meet. They married in 2004 and now live in Washington.
“I’ve always wanted to live in Chicago, but Bret says he would only move there if they move the nation’s capital,” Amy told Country Magazine. “I’m a total daddy’s girl with three brothers so he definitely ran the gauntlet during our courtship.”
2. Their First Son Paul Has Had 3 Open-Heart Surgeries
Baier and Amy have two young sons, Paul and Daniel. A day after Paul was born in 2007, doctors noticed that something was wrong. He had an erratic heart beat and there were two holes in his heart. He also had three other congenital defects.
“A doctor told us Paul’s heart was extremely complex,” Amy told the Today Show in 2014. “Blood was flowing the wrong way, there were two holes in Paul’s walnut-sized heart, and he had three other congenital defects. If Paul didn’t have complex surgery to restructure his heart, he wouldn’t make it.”
Today, Paul is healthy after thee open-heart surgeries.
Baier wrote about his son’s inspiring fight in Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love, which was published in 2014. He hoped to raise awareness of heart disease in children. According to 2015 American Heart Association statistics, about 40,000 children are born with a heart defect annually.
“It’s a powerful thing,” Baier said on Today. “We hope to make awareness about what people can do to get through it: one, accept the help that family and friends give; two, make sure you’re healthy because you’re not good for anybody if you’re not healthy; and three, think about the other end of the story. … Just think about what it’s like to get to the light at the end of the tunnel. (Paul’s) doing great!”
3. She’s the Vice Chair of the Children’s National Hospital Foundation
Today, Amy is the vice chair of the Children’s National Medical Center Children’s Hospital Foundation. Paul was treated at the hospital, in Washington D.C.
In 2014, the hospital honored Amy and her husband were honored with the First Prize in Philanthropy for their work with the foundation. They also helped establish the Paul Francis Baier Comprehensive Media Room, so staff has access to diagnostic images and can consult with experts around the world.
4. The Baiers Owned a $3.2 Million Washington D.C. Home Inspired by Ralph Lauren
In March 2009, the Baiers bought a custom-built home by Jim Gibson in the D.C. Berkley neighborhood for $3.2 million. In 2013, the Washingtonian reported that they listed the home for sale at $3.5 million.
The home earned some notoriety because it was mostly furnished by Ralph Lauren Home. According to the Washington Post, the home has a master bedroom with two bathrooms, a workout room,a nursery and a playroom. It also has a three-car garage and wine cellar and a unique living room that has a bar and doubles as a library.
“Every time I walked into a Ralph Lauren store, I just loved the look. I wanted to replicate it for our home,” Amy told the Post in 2009. “I think our builder thought, ‘This young couple is nuts.’ But we didn’t want a bar in the basement. We wanted it out where we would use it with our friends.”
The Huffington Post reported in January 2012 that the couple now live in a Georgetown condo.
5. Her Father Is the Co-Founder of Sage Products
Amy’s father is Paul Hills, the co-founder of Sage Products, a medical devices manufacturer. She also has three siblings.
Advocate Giving notes that Paul and Barbara Hills moved their family to Barrington, Illinois in 1985. Like their daughter, they also focus on philanthropy, as the co-chairs of the Advocate Charitable Foundation’s Look Forward campaign. They raised funds to help Good Shepard Hospital.
“The Barrington area is a wonderful place for a family,” Paul Hills said in a statement to Advocate Giving. “The public schools are outstanding. Our kids enjoyed activities through sports teams, the park district, the library—and, of course, we had Good Shepherd Hospital.” He added that he has had a “passion for health care.”
Amy’s brothers, Tom and John Paul, are also the founders of Barrington Children’s Charities, along with their wives. Tom is still the Chairman of the Board for the organization.
“Barrington is such a great place to raise a family, and it’s so nice to see my brothers and my close girlfriends from high school settled there,” Amy told Country Magazine. “There’s something very wholesome about it. I think I have a new perspective on this now raising my children in a really fastpaced environment, which is exciting and exhilarating—I wouldn’t change that.”
Daniel Levine contributed to this report.