On Thursday, Fox News announced the death of long-time correspondent Wendell Goler. He first joined the network in 1996, and many of those who worked with him expressed their sadness over his passing.
“Wendell was a gifted correspondent, a wonderful colleague and a FOX News original whose reporting was respected on both sides of the aisle. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Marge and his entire family,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said.
Fellow journalists have fond memories
As White House foreign affairs correspondent, Goler made an impact on D.C. bureau chief Bryan Boughton, who said he “will cherish” what Goler taught him.
“Wendell Goler was a great journalist and helped build Fox News from the ground up,” Boughton noted, going on to call the late reporter “a professional who pursued all angles of a story so he could report it fairly.”
“Wendell was also a great guy to work with and brought a lot of fun and smiles to our long hours of travel around the world,” he concluded.
Fox anchor Brit Hume had plenty of praise for Goler too, saying, “He did consistently solid and balanced work and his reports were always well-crafted, clear and easy to follow.”
“He was also an exceptionally nice man and a valued friend. RIP,” Hume stressed, adding, “He took his job seriously and did it very well.
“I can remember his hourly live shots on the White House lawn in the busiest news times,” Fox personality Bret Baier recalled. “And when I anchored with him there, I would ask before air, ‘Do you have a question for me to ask you?’”
“He would give me one but then add, ‘Don’t start playing ‘Stump the Chump,’” Baier said before adding, “My condolences to his family.”
Ed Henry characterized Goler as “quite simply a professional at his craft on camera and a true gentleman off-camera.”
“I have been getting emails and texts all morning from our many producers on the White House beat who respected his kindness as a mentor, and we’ll all miss his warmth and sense of humor,” he continued.
USA Today reported that Goler’s death was apparently caused by kidney failure. He was 70 years old.