Ed Henry

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Ed Henry
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Ed Henry (third from right, grey suit, striped tie) at President Barack Obama's White House press conference on November 3, 2010
Born Edward Henry
(1971-07-20) July 20, 1971 (age 47)
Queens, New York, U.S.

St. John the Baptist DHS, West Islip

Siena College
Occupation Television reporter
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Shirley Hung

Edward "Ed" Henry (born July 20, 1971)[1] is an American broadcast journalist and the chief national correspondent for Fox News Channel, and is based in the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. He was born in Queens, New York and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


In 1995, Henry graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He began his career with Jack Anderson.[2] In 2003, he began providing political analysis for the WMAL Morning News and The Chris Core Show, two local radio shows on WMAL, Washington, D.C.[3]

He covered Capitol Hill for Roll Call for eight years, writing that newspaper’s Heard on the Hill column,[4] and has been a contributing editor at Washingtonian.[5] He was a 2011-12 member of the Siena College (his alma mater)'s Board of Associate Trustees.[6]


Henry was the moderator of the CNN Inside Politics broadcast when Robert Novak stormed off the set, on August 4, 2005, during a live discussion with James Carville, about Florida Republican Representative Katherine Harris' just-announced 2006 bid for U.S. Senate. Henry carried on with just Carville for the remainder of the segment.[7]

White House correspondent[edit]

After covering the White House for CNN since March 2006, Henry was elevated to a senior position in December 2008. He was one of three CNN correspondents at the White House, along with Dan Lothian and Brianna Keilar; Henry was the sole senior correspondent.[8]

Courthouse shooting[edit]

Henry had been providing CNN with live reports about the Hawaiian vacations of President Barack Obama and Rush Limbaugh in December 2009 (including Limbaugh's hospitalization with chest pains on December 30).[9] He ultimately took a red-eye flight to Las Vegas (where he owns a condo) arriving close to dawn on January 4, and by 8 a.m. was at the center of a breaking story by driving through Downtown Las Vegas: the 2010 Las Vegas courthouse shooting that left two dead and a deputy US Marshal wounded. Henry later covered this story live for CNN.[10][11]

Move to Fox News[edit]

On June 20, 2011, it was announced that Henry was leaving CNN to become the Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel.[2] CNN insiders said that network management had already told Henry that his contract would not be renewed.[12]

During an interview with Don Imus, however, Henry explained his departure from CNN by comparing the Fox News Channel to perennial baseball contenders. "I root for the Yankees, so I like to play for a first-place team. Now, technically the Yankees are not in first place right now, I have to admit, they're a game behind the Red Sox. But there's no doubt about where Fox is", making no mention of the non-renewal of his contract.[13]

While covering the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Henry said he had no regrets about leaving CNN: "It is my first convention with Fox, and I am excited, the move has been great. I feel like I have so much freedom here, it is exciting and the numbers don’t lie. We are no longer competing with other cable networks, we are competing with big three and beating them."[14] While covering the election, he expressed his opinion that Fox News was unfairly criticized by people in the news business (including some at CNN), saying: "It’s been a crutch [for CNN staffers] to say that Fox has done well due to the ideology. It’s an easy out to say, 'Oh, we’re not picking sides and that’s why we don’t have an audience.'"[15]


On May 4, 2016, according to a Fox News spokeswoman, Henry took a temporary leave of absence following an alleged extramarital affair with a Las Vegas hostess and stripper.[16] The woman gave an interview with InTouch describing the alleged 10-month affair in detail.[17][18] Henry subsequently lost his White House correspondent position and returned to Fox News in late August 2016 as chief national correspondent.[19]


Henry received the 2005 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress from the National Press Foundation. Henry provided breaking news coverage for CNN's “America Votes 2004”, as well as an exclusive March 2005 interview with Jeb Bush about the Florida governor's inability to intercede for Terri Schiavo. The NPF judges stated:

Ed submitted five clips that took the story out of the committee room and into the living room. When reporting about Senator Frist's support of stem cell research, he studied the Senator’s motivations not only from a political standpoint, but also as a scientist. It was a great piece of journalism that may have given us our first glimpse of Frist as his own man running for President.[20]

In 2008, the White House Correspondents' Association presented Henry with the Merriman Smith Award (in the broadcast category) for presidential reporting under deadline pressure. Henry won for his February 14, 2007 news coverage of the Bush administration's irreconcilable assertions that Iranian officials were behind the authorization to send improvised explosive devices to Iraq. The panel of judges wrote that Ed Henry's reports on CNN “got better with each ensuing update throughout the day”.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Henry married Shirley Hung, a CNN senior producer in June 2010 in Las Vegas.[23][24] Among those attending at a Wynn Las Vegas chapel were Mike Emanuel of Fox News, Rao's co-owner, Frank Pellegrino, and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.[25][26] The wedding reception at Society Café Encore Las Vegas included a 22-layer chocolate wedding cake with whipped cream frosting, that was an elaborate replica of the White House, weighing 70 pounds.[27][28][29] A pre-wedding dinner party at Rao's featured a performance by Human Nature, who had previously entertained the couple after their February engagement.[30][31]


  1. ^ Profile, politico.com; accessed April 4, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Weprin, Alex (June 20, 2011), "Ed Henry Leaves CNN for Fox News Channel", TV Newser, Mediabistro.com, retrieved August 3, 2011 
  3. ^ The Note, ABC News, June 3, 2003, retrieved October 14, 2011 
  4. ^ "Ed Henry", Click, Politico, retrieved October 14, 2011 
  5. ^ Masthead, Washingtonian Magazine, Inc., retrieved October 14, 2011 
  6. ^ Board of Associate Trustees, Siena College, retrieved October 14, 2011 
  7. ^ "CNN Transcripts: Inside Politics: Iraq Violence; London Police Vigilant; Republican Spending; Nomination Battle; Future Elections". CNN. August 4, 2005. Retrieved August 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ "CNN's Ed Henry to Join Fox News", Media Decoder, New York Times, June 20, 2011, retrieved August 3, 2011 
  9. ^ "Transcript". Larry King Live. CNN. December 31, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2012. And the other thing, no offense, Candy, but I'm going to spend less time with you at CNN and more time in the ocean. 
  10. ^ "Transcript". Larry King Live. CNN. January 4, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2012. I was coming to get a little rest and relaxation, obviously. And the bottom line is that it was anything but. 
  11. ^ Clark, Norm (January 6, 2010). "Agassi writer tells of Sampras clash". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (June 28, 2011), "Ed Henry Bounced by CNN Brass", DC Fishbowl, Mediabistro.com, retrieved August 3, 2011 
  13. ^ "Fox's Henry happy to play for 'first-place team'", On Media, Politico, August 2, 2011, retrieved August 3, 2011 
  14. ^ Weprin, Alex (September 5, 2012). "Balancing Work, Family, the President And the DNC All Part of The Job For FNC's Ed Henry". TV Newser. Mediabistro. Retrieved September 13, 2012. Friendly competition aside, Henry is still close with many of his former colleagues. 
  15. ^ Krinsky, Alissa (November 6, 2012). "Ed Henry - So Many People Who Criticize Fox News Don't Watch Fox News". TVNewser. MediaBistro. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ Ng, Alfred (May 4, 2016). "Married Fox News White House reporter Ed Henry 'taking some time off' from TV after alleged affair with Las Vegas hostess: 'He has a really high sex drive'". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Married 'Fox News' White House Correspondent Ed Henry's Affair Exposed — Mistress Tells All (WORLD EXCLUSIVE)". In Touch Weekly. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2018-06-28. 
  18. ^ "Woman who had affair with FOX Ed Henry a STRIPPER he met at Vegas club". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-06-28. 
  19. ^ Toh, Michelle (August 26, 2016). "Ed Henry Is Returning to Fox News After Absence Over Alleged Affair". Fortune.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  20. ^ 2005 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award Winner, National Press Foundation, retrieved October 14, 2011 
  21. ^ WHCA 2008 Award Winning Entries, White House Correspondents' Association, retrieved October 14, 2011 
  22. ^ Broadcast Transcript (PDF), White House Correspondents' Association, retrieved October 14, 2011 
  23. ^ Kevin (June 28, 2010). "Ed Henry Gets Married". TVNewser. Mediabistro. Retrieved July 28, 2012. The two reportedly threw a party at Caesars Palace's Rao's on Friday evening. 
  24. ^ "Wedding bells for CNN's Henry, Hung". Political Ticker. Cable News Network. June 28, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2012. It's not a Vegas wedding if there's not an Elvis impersonator. 
  25. ^ Clarke, Norm (June 28, 2010). "Mayer, 'Pawn Star' meet over drinks". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  26. ^ Clarke, Norm. "Mayer, 'Pawn Star' meet over drinks". Best of Las Vegas. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  27. ^ Clarke, Norm (June 27, 2010). "WHITE HOUSE WEDDING CAKE FOR CNN'S WHITE HOUSE REPORTER ED HENRY". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  28. ^ Clarke, Norm (July 4, 2010). "Wedding couples crazy about cakes". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  29. ^ Clarke, Norm (July 1, 2010). "CNN wedded duo really take cake". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 31, 2012. There was so much left over that, when the Henrys returned Sunday to pick up the traditional top tier that goes into a freezer for the first anniversary, the Society staff had saved the entire West Wing. 
  30. ^ Clarke, Norm (June 26, 2010). "HUMAN NATURE PERFORMS AT ED HENRY PRE-WEDDING DINNER". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  31. ^ Clarke, Norm (February 24, 2010). "He's on ground in Alexanders' circus". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2012. SIGHTINGS ... Human Nature, the Imperial Palace headliners from Australia, singing 'You Send Me' to CNN's senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, and his fiancée, Shirley Hung, during Monday's show. 

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Preceded by
John King
CNN Senior White House Correspondent
2005 – 2011
Succeeded by
Jessica Yellin
Preceded by
Major Garrett
Fox News Channel Senior White House Correspondent
2011 – 2016
Succeeded by
Kevin Corke
New title Fox News Channel Chief National Correspondent
2016 – present