FOX News Channel and Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes announce the first wave of Ailes Junior Reporters have completed the program. The two-year program was launched in 2011 and will continue again this year with five new participants.
In making the announcement, Ailes said, “I created this program with the hope of developing young and promising talent. I am greatly encouraged by the successful results of the previous two years and look forward to cultivating our next group of junior reporters.”
The Ailes Junior Reporters Program gives participants the opportunity to learn all aspects of newsgathering including shooting, producing and editing stories, as well as on-camera reporting. Additionally, hands-on guidance during each step of the process is offered from both FNC management and the network’s seasoned journalists, including Shepard Smith, Bill Hemmer and Harris Faulkner.
In commenting on the announcement, Sharri Berg, Senior Vice President of News Operations and Services added, “Mr. Ailes’ vision for the program is to provide the junior reporters with an enriching journalistic experience that would help launch them in the next stage of their careers. We are proud of their accomplishments and eager for the next crop of promising talent to begin.”Each member of the first class earned a full-time position in his or her respective field following the completion of the program:
- Garrett Tenney serves as a correspondent for FNC in Chicago, IL
- Mary Quinn O’Connor is a digital reporter for the FOX O&O in Charlotte, NC
- Michelle Macaluso is a correspondent for FNC in Washington, DC
- Patrick Manning serves as an associate producer at FNC’s New York bureau
- Pete Griffin has been hired as a reporter by the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ