Fox News Channel founder Uma Pemmaraju died Monday at the age of 64.
Pemmaraju’s death was announced by FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, who said the Texas-born reporter was best known for her kindness and was an incredibly talented reporter.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Uma Pemmaraju, who was one of FOX News Channel’s founding anchors and was on air the day we launched,” Scott said.
“Uma was an incredibly talented journalist as well as a warm and lovely person, best known for her kindness to everyone she worked with. We send our deepest condolences to all of her family.”
As of Wednesday morning, the cause of his death has not been made public.
Pemmaraju was born in India before her family moved to Texas where she attended Trinity University and earned a degree in political science. She then joined a local news station in Dallas before moving to Baltimore and later to Boston’s WBZ-TV.
While in Baltimore, she won an Emmy for a story covering the rescue of a child who nearly drowned.
David Wade, fellow WBZ-TV presenter said in a tweet that Pemmaraju’s family called her a “noble and pioneering soul”.
In 1996, Pemmaraju joined Fox News when it launched on October 7. Pemmaraju was one of the only Indian-American presenters to achieve national prominence and was beloved by both viewers and his colleagues.
Pemmaraju left Fox to join Bloomberg News in New York, but later joined the network in 2003 where she made a name for herself as a stand-in anchored in various programs including “The Fox Report” and the Sunday edition of ” FOX News Live”. At one point, she even interviewed the Dalai Lama.
Much of Pemmaraju’s career has focused on reporting on disenfranchised people.
“I’m a conduit for helping others,” Pemmaraju said in an interview with the Boston Globe.
“I don’t want to sound too sentimental. But that’s what I mean. I want to use my fame to help people, to help do something that needs to be done.
Pemmaraju was named “Boston’s Best Anchor” in 1996 and 1997 by Boston Magazine as well as one of “20 Intriguing Women of 1998” by Spotlight Magazine.
Pemmaraju is survived by her daughter Kirina Alana Devi.
New York Post