Catherine Herridge

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel. She is based in Washington, D.C. and her work covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

Childhood and Education

Catherine Herridge was born on May 18, 1964, in Toronto, Ontario. She is from a Canadian military family.  From her childhood, Catherine Herridge was interested in journalism. At the same time, she was interested in becoming a reporter on matters related to National Security. Catherine attended Jarvis Collegiate institute for high school. She completed her graduate studies at Harvard College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree. Herridge then went on to earn her Master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Career Experience

Catherine Herridge is a well-known television personality. She joined Fox News Channel at its inception in 1996 after a stint with ABC, where she worked as a London based correspondent.  She also was the New York based field correspondent for the Fox news magazine. During this time, Catherine was in charge of reporting on Hillary Clinton. She covered Mrs. Clinton’s campaign for a Senate spot in 2000. Catherine also reported on other notable events. Her reports on the 9/11 terrorist attack shot her to fame, as she was in New York City at the time and reported directly from ground zero. Catherine was the one who covered the area and gave the report of the incident with the director of House of Intelligence Committee.  Catherine is as talented journalist and has contributed reports from around the globe. She has reported from Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay, as well as many more. In addition, she has reported on the Washington D.C. sniper attacks, the death of Princess Diana, and the Benghazi attack. Catherine was also one of the few reporters to sit in the same military courtroom as Kalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self described architect of the 9/11 terrorist attack, along with his four co-conspirators. Her contributions were rewarded with the Bronze World Medal by the US National Press Club.

 Catherine now covers the news related to intelligence and reports on the Department of Justice as well as the Department of Homeland Security. Catherine currently holds the post of Chief Intelligence Correspondent for the Fox News Channel. In this position she regularly appears on a number of Fox News programs including “America’s Newsroom”, “Special Report with Bret Baier”, and “Fox News Sunday.” In her role as Chief Intelligence Correspondent, Catherine has made contributions to such popular talk shows on Fox as “Hannity” (2012-2016), “Fox Report” (2012-2016), “The Kelly File” (2013-2017), “Outnumbered” (2014-2017), “Happening Now” (2012-2017), “Lou Dobbs Tonight” (2012-2017),and “America’s News Headquarters” (2017-2018) offering her insights and analysis.

Catherine Herridge is not only a successful journalist, but also an author. Her book, “The Next Wave: On the Hunt for al Qaeda's American Recruits” discusses the terroristic threat in North Africa, the Middle East, and throughout the world. The book reveals how social networking is the lifeblood of the “digital jihadist” as well as the profound influence of the first American on the CIA’s kill or capture list, Anwar al-Awlaki. The book was published by Crown publishing company in June of 2011. The fly leaf of the book offers the following description of Catherine: “From Guantánamo to Afghanistan, Fox News national correspondent Catherine Herridge has looked the world’s worst terrorists in the face. A “reporter’s reporter,” she and her investigative team spent years scouring the United States and the world to uncover the shocking secrets of the next wave.”



One of the main reasons for Catherine’s success is that she is both polite and engaging. She conducts her work with professionalism and always seeks to report proper information. Catherine is a tall lady, she measures five feet and eight inches in height, and has the combination of beauty and intelligence that many aspire to. She has her own style of delivering the news; she reports in a friendly and graceful manner that has helped make her a national darling. At the same time, her short haircut is her trade mark which seems to suit to her personality and gives her beautiful look

Personal Life

Catherine got married to John Hayes on March 13. 2004. Her husband is an Air Force pilot and the couple has two children. In spite of having a busy schedule, she spends valuable time with her husband and the children. She underwent surgery in 2006 so that she could donate a portion of her liver to her infant son, Peter, when he was diagnosed with the disease biliary atresia. The operation was a success and. Catherine is now an outspoken advocate for living organ donation.

Legal Dispute

In 2007, a legal dispute took place between Catherine Herridge and Fox News regarding salary issues and benefits. The major reason behind this legal dispute was that Fox News wanted to put a no complaint clause in her contract which she refused to sign. Due to this reason, she filed a lawsuit against Fox News for discrimination. The judge ruled in her favor and Herridge's salary got increased by 95%, becoming $900,000 per year which, in turn, increased her net worth.

Social Media & Networking Sites

Catherine is active on social media. She has lots of fans who follow her on Twitter and are interested to get updates from her tweets. In like manner, she is also active on Facebook and Instagram and communicates with her followers in a cheerful manner. In 2014 she posted a picture of her husband and children and included a note about his return from a nine month deployment. "Kids cried and junked their yellow balloons after JD was not on the train as expected. He eventually showed, and the tears disappeared! We went out to eat, and a patron in the restaurant paid for our meal, asking not to be identified. Whoever you are – thank you. Very humbling!"

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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