Uma Pemmaraju, one of the original anchors for the Fox News Channel, died Monday at the age of 64, the New York Post reported.
As of yet, no cause of death has been publicly revealed.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Uma Pemmaraju, who was one of FOX News Channel’s founding anchors and was on the air the day we launched,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement.
“Uma was an incredibly talented journalist as well as a warm and lovely person, best known for her kindness to everyone she worked with,” Scott added. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to her entire family.”
As noted by Scott, Pemmaraju was an on-air anchor when the Fox News Channel first launched on Oct. 7, 1996, and, at that time, had the distinction of being one of the exceptionally few Indian-American journalists to enjoy nationwide prominence.
Award-winning journalism career
Pemmaraju hosted a couple of different programs in the early years while at Fox News, though she eventually left the network for a job at Bloomberg News, according to the Post.
However, she then returned to Fox News in 2003 and served as a substitute anchor for a variety of different programs and specials in the years that followed.
Fox News noted that Pemmaraju had been born in India but was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and worked at a local news station and newspaper there while earning a political science degree from Trinity University.
After college, she fully launched her career in the 1980s as a news anchor and reporter with jobs at local stations in Dallas, Baltimore, and Boston, prior to joining the inaugural Fox News team.
Throughout that career, Pemmaraju won a number of prestigious awards for her journalistic skills, including several Emmy Awards.
A “noble soul and pioneer”
David Wade, an anchor for Boston’s WBZ-TV where Pemmaraju worked in the 1990s before joining Fox News, shared the news of her death with his station’s viewers and noted that her family had described her as “a ‘noble soul and pioneer’ as an Indian Asian American newswoman of prominence.”
Pemmaraju is survived by her daughter, Kirina Alana Devi, according to the Post, and she will certainly be missed and mourned by her many colleagues, friends, and loyal viewers who placed their trust in her reporting over the decades.