Catherine Herridge, a fixture on Fox News since its founding, has decided to leave the network and take a senior investigative reporting job for CBS News, according to Breitbart.
Herridge will start at CBS this month.
“CBS News has always placed a premium on enterprise journalism and powerful investigations,” Herridge said in a statement, according to Variety. “I feel privileged to join a team where facts and storytelling will always matter.”
More to come?
Herridge recently received the “Tex” McCrary prize for excellence in journalism from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. For his part, Fox News president Jay Wallace wished her well in her new endeavor.
“As a founding employee, over the last 23 years, Catherine Herridge has been an asset to Fox News. From her breaking news headlines at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to her reporting after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the investigation into Princess Diana’s death, she has always been at the forefront of every beat she has covered,” Wallace said, according to The Hill. “We are grateful for Catherine’s many contributions to the network, wish her continued success.”
Some have speculated that Herridge’s move may be related to the recent departure of Shepard Smith, who also had a long tenure on the network. One staffer told CNN when Smith left: “Don’t be surprised if there’s an exodus. Fox hasn’t just lost Shep today.”
Indeed, Fox News has undergone many changes since Roger Ailes stepped down over sexual harassment allegations in 2016. Some think it has gotten less conservative, although overall, support for President Donald Trump is still high at the network.
There were rumors that Smith was warned about some of his on-air statements before he left, but no such rumors existed about Herridge. It’s possible she just thought she could do more good at CBS News and wanted to branch out from Fox.
Moving to the left?
But Herridge may be uncomfortable at CBS News, a mainstream outlet that is likely to frown on anything it considers fair to or supportive of Republicans. It’s possible that she hopes her “just the facts,” straightforward style can be spread beyond “fair and balanced” Fox, but it remains to be seen whether CBS will move right or Herridge left.
Whatever happens, it seems that Herridge will continue to place value on journalistic investigations and on mentoring the next generation of journalists.
“I have received great personal satisfaction from mentoring the next generation of reporters and producers and sharing my journalistic values — that facts matter and enterprise reporting will always win the day,” she said in her statement.
Doing this at CBS News will be a great challenge for Herridge. But if she succeeds, maybe CBS will actually provide some fair and balanced coverage for a change.