Julie Banderas

Julie Banderas is an American television news correspondent and also an anchor. At present she is working for America’s News headquarters and Fox Report Weekend. She was born on September 25, 1973 under her maiden name Julie E. Bidwell in Hartford, Connecticut. Her father is a retired engineer who at the time ran a accompany that designed and manufactured of wall panels. She also has a sister named Melissa.

Banderas was very passionate about journalism from an early age. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College. She then started her career in broadcast journalism from WLVI-TV working as an anchor.

She has also been very successful professionally. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College, she started her career at WLVI-TV in Boston. Then she worked as a local news anchorwoman in Virginia, Pennsylvania before moving to New York. She received an Emmy Award for the “Outstanding Newscast” during 2004. Having worked for many channels such as WHSV-TV, WFSB-TV, WBRE-TV and WNYW, she has established her name and image very well in the industry. In 2005, she joined Fox News Channel as a General assignment reporter and in a few years ascended to the Anchor position for Fox Report Weekend.

Her work has been well appreciated by the networks and their viewers. Julie’s choice to join FNC has been a boon for her. Banderas got affiliated with Fox News Channel since 2005 and the company seems to be happy making her work for it. Initially, she worked as a general assignment reporter, but later, she was offered the opportunity to host the program, “Fox Report Weekend”. She is currently involved in the network as an anchor for “America’s News Headquarters”. Though she has achieved tremendous success after joining Fox News Channel, she has also been involved in many controversies. Her comments have been highly criticized by the viewers, because of which she was demoted from her position in Fox News Channel.

In June 2006, she gained international media attention for her infamous on-air clash with Shirley Phelps-Roper, former spokeswoman for the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, in which she later stated "These people should be arrested, and I understand the right to protest, but when you disgrace not only our fallen soldiers, but when you disgrace innocent young children, I swear. Lock ‘em up. Throw away the key. Give ‘em the death penalty". In 2008, she replaced Laurie Dhue at the anchor position for Fox Report Weekend. In 2010 she took maternity leave with Harris Faulkner assuming her responsibilities. She returned to Fox News from leave near the end of 2010 and was reassigned to the position of general news correspondent.

Most recently, Banderas provided live coverage of the 2013 New York City mayoral race, the crash landing of Southwest Flight 345 at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), the inauguration of Pope Francis and Hurricane Sandy.


During her tenure at FNC, Banderas has reported on several big stories, including Hurricane Dennis. Julie brings life to each of her presentations. During the 2005- 2006 Atlantic hurricanes which claimed nearly 4000 lives, she furnished the world with live coverage of the happenings in major regions. Many viewers followed her story on Natalee Holloways, a high school student who mysteriously disappeared on a school trip in 2005 and has not been found to date. Another special case report that she was also engaged with is that of the gruesome murder of a nine year old girl, Jessica Lunsford, by a previously convicted offender. Banderas was also there during the inauguration of Pope Francis in 2013. In addition to reporting, she contributes to various health and wellness blogs.

She is currently married to Andrew J. Sansone after they tied the knot on August 29, 2009 after around four years of affair with him. She was 35 at that time and her Bridegroom was 42. Her husband Andrew is a member of Board of Directors of the Habitat for Humanity and is also the founding President of the Old Rock Media and Big Apple Channel. Sansone and Julie reported met on the sets of Fox News, where her future husband used to bring dates to watch a show being filmed. They had an affair for a long time which included several break ups but the duo finally decided to get married. It is believed that Andrew proposed to her for marriage by giving her a letter in a bottle. Almost immediately she announced her engagement to her boyfriend on TV. There have been a few speculations about her divorce but it seems that she is more than happy with her married life and there are no indications of a divorce anywhere in the near future.

The couple is happily married and is blessed with two daughters named Addison and Avery who are four and two years old respectively. The arrival of her second child Avery was announced by her co-hosts in the morning following the birth overnight. The proud and lucky couple posted pictures with little Avery and also with her sister Addison online. The family lives in New York.

She was made part of a controversy after rumors of her being fired by Fox due to an alleged affair with one of the married photographers on the network. A photograph which showed Banderas sitting in the lap of the photographer did the rounds, the news of her being fired finally silenced with her on-screen presence for the channel.

Banderas regularly uses social networking sites, and there are a large number of fans following her through these networking sites. You can follow her on Twitter as well as on Instagram. Her podcasts are also available on YouTube. Her bikini pictures can be found on the web. So, do not miss any of them! You can also find pictures of her babies on various related sites. To get more information about her or to read her biography, you can visit her Wikipedia page as well as her IMDB page. You can also find a short biography about her on Fox News’ website.

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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