Founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has been reported to be dead at the age of 77. He died on Thursday morning.
Ailes was known for building Fox News into a powerhouse for cable before he left the company last year.
Ailes made Fox News in 1996, and from then, it turned into the nation’s top cable news network for many years running.
He was born in Ohio and became a master of communications. He became a trusted confidante to many presidents.
His resignation last year from Fox came after some sexual harassment charges. His wife, Elizabeth Ailes said that she was heartbroken after her husband’s passing.
Sean Hannity even tweeted about the loss of his former boss this morning saying, “America lost one of its great patriotic warriors.”
Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, and attended Ohio University in Athens, where he majored in radio and television. After graduating in 1962, he launched his career in black and white-era television by working for then-local personality Mike Douglas. When the show was syndicated a few years later, Ailes’ star rose with it. It was during a 1967 taping of “The Mike Douglas Show” that Ailes met future president Richard Nixon, who later tapped him to serve as his executive producer for television.
That experience began a decades-long dual track in which Ailes cast long shadows over both television and politics, culminating in his founding of Fox News. In 1984, Ailes worked on President Reagan’s re-election campaign. Four years later, he was a key player in the successful presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush, helping to plot effective messaging and television advertising strategies.
He later helped build CNBC before Murdoch chose him to launch Fox News. As recently at last fall’s election, and after his career at Fox had ended, Ailes reportedly advised President Trump in preparation for debates. Ailes and Elizabeth were married in 1998. Their only son, Zachary, was born on New Year’s Day 2000.