Fox News Channel’s (FNC) Jane Skinner announced Thursday on “Happening Now” that she would be stepping down from her position as co-anchor of the top rated daytime news program. Jon Scott will continue on the show with various fill-in co-hosts until a permanent replacement for Skinner is named.
“It’s been a thrill to have been a part of FNC’s success over the past 12 years. My talented co-workers have shown how hard work and a great attitude pays off. However, my life has changed significantly in those 12 years, in wonderful ways that have created new responsibilities. I added a husband who became the NFL Commissioner and who has a job even busier than mine, and twin daughters with lives even busier still,” Skinner said at the end of Thursday’s broadcast.
“To do justice to this new life, I have decided to take a break from the business. I want to thank [Fox News Chairman & CEO] Roger Ailes for his understanding and for all the opportunities he has given me. I wish everyone at FNC continued success,” she said.
“Jane is a talented journalist and has been a loyal employee who has risen to every challenge presented to her over the last 12 years. We respect her decision and she will always be a member of the Fox News family,” said Ailes.
Skinner joined the network in 1998 as a general assignment reporter and has co-anchored FNC’s two-hour signature daytime news program, Happening Now since its 2007 inception. Previously, she anchored the afternoon edition of “Fox News Live” and before that she hosted and produced the popular “Skinnerville” segment on “Studio B with Shepard Smith.”
Prior to FNC, Skinner held an array of reporting and anchoring duties at various local news stations. She was a freelance reporter at NBC’s flagship station WNBC-TV in New York and before that, served as the primetime anchor for WITI-TV (Fox) Milwaukee, WI. She was also a general assignment reporter for KMOV-TV (CBS) St. Louis, MO and WCSH-TV (NBC) Portland, ME.