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Original Fox News Channel anchor Uma Pemmaraju dead at 64: ‘We are deeply saddened’


Uma Pemmaraju, one of the first Fox News Channel anchors, died at age 64 on Tuesday.

A cause of death was not immediately made public.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Uma Pemmaraju, who was one of FOX News Channel’s founding anchors and was on the air the day we launched. Uma was an incredibly talented journalist as well as a warm and lovely person, best known for her kindness to everyone she worked with. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her entire family,” FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said, per FOX News.

Pemmaraju was on the air when Fox News launched on Oct. 7, 1996. At the time, Pemmaraju was one of the only Indian-American anchors to reach national prominence.

Pemmaraju first anchored “Fox News Now” and “Fox On Trends.” She left the network but rejoined in 2003 as an anchor and substitute host across the network.

Mark Heim is a reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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