Wendell Goler, the former Fox News White House reporter, has died at the age of 70. Goler left the network in December 2014. Goler was a native of Jackson, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan between 1967 and 1971.
Goler joined Fox News the same year the network was founded in 1996. Prior to that, Goler had been a reporter for the Jackson Citizen Patriot, the NBC-owned WRC-AM and the Associated Press, covering the president’s activities. Goler joined the AP in 1981. Goler had been Fox News’ first chief White House correspondent until he left that role in 2011 to work in an expanded role in the network’s Washington D.C. bureau.
Goler had two daughters.
Goler Died as a Result of Kidney Failure
Goler passed away on March 3. Goler’s Fox News colleague Brett Baier paid tribute to him on Twitter saying, “So very sad to hear that my former colleague Wendell Goler- who covered the White House for years – has died. Wendell was a consummate pro and a real gentleman. My sincere condolences to his family #RIP.” Baier and Goler’s colleague, Brit Hume, tweeted that Goler’s cause of death was kidney failure.
During his time at Fox News, Vice News D.C. bureau chief Shawna Thomas served as Goler’s intern. Thomas told Politico in 2019, “Ten years later, when I was NBC’s White House producer, I had to shyly re-introduce myself to Wendell Goler as his former intern.”
Goler Was Replaced as White House Senior Correspondent by Ed Henry
Goler Moved From Detroit to Jackson, Michigan, as a Child
Goler told the Detroit News in a 2007 interview his parents moved their family from Detroit, where he was born, to Jackson, Michigan, when he was five years old. Goler said that his father was a lawyer, who put himself through Wayne State University and later got a job working with the Ford corporation.
Goler’s mother worked as a teacher. In the same interview, Goler said that his career choice was to be a photographer for the Detroit Free Press or the Detroit News. His first job was taking pictures for the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Goler said that around this time he dropped out of college, which made his parents deeply unhappy.
Goler Was Complimentary of President George W. Bush’s Media Handling Style
During his interview with the Detroit News, Goler was complimentary of the way in which President George W. Bush handled the media. Goler said, “During the Regan administration, he would go days, sometimes weeks, without making contact with the media. But the current President Bush talks to us on almost a daily basis because he knows if he doesn’t, he loses influence.”
Goler continued saying, “He certainly talks to us more than his father did, even more than President Clinton did.”
In 2010, Goler Found Himself at the Center of One of Fox News’ Climate Change Scandals
Goler found himself at the center of one of Fox News’ climate change scandals in 2010. Media Matters for America, a liberal Fox News watchdog, leaked an internal email then Fox News managing editor Bill Sammon. The email advised reporters to “refrain” from reporting that planet earth was warming.
The email read in part, “Given the controversy over the veracity of climate change data. We should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.
Politico reports that the email was sent 15 minutes after Goler had reported U.N. figures that asserted 2000-2009 was to be the warmest decade on record.
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