Uma Pemmaraju

The famous Fox News anchor, Uma Pemmaraju was born in the city of Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India on the 31st of March in 1985. Her complete birth name is Uma Devi Pemmaraju. Her father was a research scientist who specialized in birth control and her mother was a housewife from a high caste. Her mother’s family is well-recognized in India. Uma also has two brothers. Her family moved to San Antonio, Texas in the United States when Uma was six years old. Her father had been invited to Texas to direct a new foundation for population studies. Uma Pemmaraju is an American citizen and she is a follower of the Hindu religion.


Details about her elementary and high school education are unknown and no details are made available either. After graduation she entered Trinity University in Texas, where she earned a degree in the Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in political science in 1980.

Personal life

Uma Pemmaraju married millionaire businessman, Andrew Petkun after dating for some time, on the 12th of September in 1993. They had a noteworthy wedding in Salem, with a multi-cultural and religious incorporation. They had a daughter they christened Kirina Alana Devi. Though the wedding is still worth being remembered, Pemmaraju and Petkun ended divorcing. The divorce was hard on Uma, but she managed to pull herself back up again due to her strong determination. She is currently living as a single-mom with her daughter and juggling those responsibilities. Her current relationship status is unknown, as she is a very private person.

Uma Pemmaraju, with her unobjectionably successful career as one of the top news anchors of America has an approximately estimated net worth of four million American dollars. Her assets and investments, and property is unknown. She is active on social networks such as Twitter, amassing 149, 000 followers.

Uma Pemmaraju is very close to her roots still and she rarely misses her chances to visit her native place. Staying very loyal to her heritage, Uma is a strict vegetarian. Uma is known among her peers for her strong work ethic and her dedication for investigative journalism. No need to wonder about her passion for journalism as her grandfather was a newspaper publisher, in South India. As a child, she kept a daily diary full with reflections about world affairs, brought into her San Antonio house via television. Pemmaraju detailed her vision for the future back in 1993 during an interview, stating that she dreams of her own production company and a channel dedicated for children.


Pemmaraju's early career in journalism started in Texas on KENS-TV and in the San Antonio Express-News newspapers as a reporter and a producer, while she was still fully engaged in college. She has also served as the editor of Trinity College newspaper. Afterwards, she moved to KTVT-11 in Dallas, became a news correspondent and then a news anchor. Eventually she moved to WMAR-TV in Baltimore, where she won her first Emmy Award. Following Baltimore, she went to WLVI and WBZ-TV in Boston where she became a correspondent and a tipster for the "Evening Magazine" on the WBZ network. In addition, Pemmaraju has taught journalism at Emerson College and Harvard University.


Pemmaraju is one of the original Fox News Channel team who joined when the Network launched back in October 1996. Interestingly Pemmaraju is also the first Indian-American journalist to anchor programs on Nation Television in the United States of America. Pemmaraju is still a major news anchor on Fox News.


Since 1996 Uma Pemmaraju has become a part of many shows and has had telecasts under her name as the host or the news anchor. She has conducted high profile interviews with a number of prominent personalities throughout the world including, Dalai Lama, Buzz Aldrin, Sarah Palin, Joel Osteen, Donald Trump, Carly Simon, Whoopi Goldberg, along with US senators and congressional leaders from Washington DC. Recently Pemmaraju provided the live coverage of George Zimmerman's murder trial, reported the aftermath of the EF-5 Tornado in Moore, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the presidential elections of 2004, 2008 and 2012.


In 1988, she was named in Spotlight magazine's "20 Intriguing Women". They recognized her rise in journalism. Apart from being the first Indian-American news anchor on national television in the United States of America, she was named as "Boston's Best Anchor" in 1996 and 1997 by the Boston Magazine. She has also won a number of Emmy Awards for her outstanding career in investigative journalism and superlative reportage. Furthermore, she also received accolades from the Texas Associated Press Award for reporting, "The Woman of Achievement Award" from the Big Sisters Organization of America, and the “Matrix Award” from Women in Communications. She has also pursued International Relations apart from journalism. Pemmaraju currently serves as the anchor of FOX News - "America's News Headquarters".

Charity and Social Work

Pemmaraju is also involved in charity and social work. She is involved with the Big Sisters Organization of America. She once made her intentions very clear while answering a question about her choice to return to local news reporting at WBZ-TV as a freelance correspondent, stating that her intention is to serve the community. She has also worked with a number of charitable organizations, including the March of Dimes and the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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