(RoyalPatriot.com )- iOTWreport writes that at the age of 64, Fox News Channel pioneer Uma Pemmaraju has passed away. There was no immediate word on what caused her death.
When the cable news station first aired in October 1996, Pemmaraju was a mainstay at the helm. She achieved prominence as a news anchor in the United States, making her one of the few Indian-Americans to do so.
Fox released a statement expressing its deep sorrow at the loss of Uma Pemmaraju, one of the network’s initial anchors on Fox News Channel.
“On the day we made our debut, she was on the air,” they stated.
Uma was well-known for being both a talented journalist and a generous person. Fox News Media chief executive Suzanne Scott expressed her condolences to the Scott family.
Initially, Pemmaraju was responsible for hosting Fox News Now and Fox On Trends. After leaving the network, she came back in 2003 to fill in as an anchor.
Later, Pemmaraju was the host of Fox News Live and The Fox Report, where she conducted interviews with prominent figures in the news such as the Dalai Lama.
Pemmaraju honed her journalistic chops at local TV stations in Dallas, Baltimore, and WBZ Boston after being born in Rajahmundry, India and growing up in San Antonio, Texas. She won an Emmy for her coverage of a child who came close to drowning in Baltimore.
After that, she moved to New York to work on the launch of Fox News.
Pemmaraju stated that she primarily wrote about underprivileged people in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1993.
“To put it simply, I am a means through which others can be helped. I’m trying not to wax sentimental here. I hope to be able to use my notoriety to benefit society at large,” she stated.
In 1990, Boston was the scene of a significant event. Two masked men robbed the convenience store as she was getting set to film a feature story there.
“I’ve been sent to crime sites before, but this was the first time one came to me,” she said to the Boston Globe.
Her early interest in journalism sparked a lifelong fascination with the field. The granddaughter of a newspaper publisher, she kept a journal in which she recorded information on world events she saw on television.
While she was still a young adult, she had positions at a local newspaper and television station.
For his reporting and investigative work, Pemmaraju won several Emmys.
When she wasn’t in front of the camera, she was a professor of journalism at both Emerson College in Boston and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.