Catherine Herridge is a renowned American journalist. She currently works as the chief intelligence correspondent for ‘Fox News Channel.’ Born into a family with military background, Herridge was inclined toward journalism since her early days. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from the ‘Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.’ Herridge started her journalism career as a London-based correspondent for ‘ABC News.’ Later, she moved to ‘Fox News Channel.’ She was with the channel right from its inception. As a correspondent for ‘Fox News,’ Herridge has covered several major events. In 2000, Herridge became quite popular with her almost exclusive coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the US senate elections. In 2004, she covered the ‘Democratic’ presidential election campaign. She was also the major correspondent at events such as the sniper attacks of Washington DC, the lifting of sanctions on Iraq, and the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui (who was found guilty of being involved in the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001). Herridge was in New York City on the day of the attack and reported from various locations in the city. Herridge has earned a reputation for honest reporting and has won several awards and honors.
Childhood & Early Life
Catherine Herridge was born on May 18, 1964, in Toronto, Ontario. She is a Canadian national. She was born into a family with military background, which helped her in later life, too. Not much is known about her parents or siblings.
Herridge initially attended the ‘Jarvis Collegiate Institute.’ Later, she moved to the US to earn a bachelor’s degree from ‘Harvard University.’ Herridge was interested in journalism during her college days. She procured a master’s degree in journalism from the ‘Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.’
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Catherine Herridge started her career as a journalist with ‘ABC News.’ She was the London-based correspondent for the news channel. She worked with them for several years.
In 1996, Herridge joined ‘Fox News Channel,’ which was still at its initial stage. For a while, Herridge served as the field correspondent for the ‘Fox’ newsmagazine, ‘The Pulse.’ The magazine is defunct now.
In 2000, Herridge covered the US senate election campaign of Hillary Clinton. She had the most exclusive coverage of Clinton’s campaigns. In 2002, she covered the Washington DC sniper attacks. In 2004, she covered the ‘Democratic’ presidential elections.
Catherine Herridge was in New York on September 11, 2001, when the coordinated terrorist attacks by the ‘Al-Qaeda’ jolted the US. She reported live from many locations in New York City. Herridge was one of the first correspondents to report the incident. She covered the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was the only person captured and charged in connection with the attack.
In 2007, there were some disputes between Herridge and the management of ‘Fox News,’ regarding her salary and other benefits. She was one of the longest-serving employees of the network and wanted proper compensation for her efforts. Following this, Herridge was promoted to the post of the chief intelligence correspondent of the channel. She now covers information on intelligence and homeland security. She has hosted the Saturday edition of the news and talk show ‘Weekend Live.’
Herridge has visited countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, and Qatar to report various international events. She has led investigations about various socially sensitive issues, such as ‘Medicare’ fraud, prescription drug abuse, and child prostitution. She has also undertaken investigative reporting on several terrorist groups across the world. She has earned fame as a fearless reporter who gives reliable information to the public.
In 2012, when the US diplomatic facility in Libya was destroyed in a terrorist attack, the US government tried to hush up the matter. The survivors of the incident were not allowed to speak on any public forum. Herridge raked up the scandal and undertook an investigative reporting. She was thus honored with the ‘Reed Irvine Award’ by the organization ‘Accuracy in Media.’
Catherine Herridge is a recipient of the ‘Bronze World Medal’ at the ‘New York Festivals,’ for showing excellence in communications media. In 2011, she authored the book ‘The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al-Qaeda’s American Recruits.’ It offered a fictional account of the efforts by the terrorist group ‘Al-Qaeda’ to devastate the world’s most prosperous nation. It remains one of the most gripping tales of terror attacks and has been highly applauded by readers.
Family & Personal Life
Catherine Herridge is married to JD Hayes, a lieutenant colonel with the ‘US Air Force.’ The couple got married in March 2004. They have two sons, Jamie and Peter.
Herridge’s son, Peter, was diagnosed with a chronic liver disease known as biliary atresia. It was a disease that had the potential to turn fatal. The only solution was a liver transplant. As the parents failed to find a donor for the transplant, Catherine Herridge donated a portion of her own liver to her son. This was done in 2006. Currently, they are both hale and hearty.