Jim Angle, one of Fox News Channel’s first reporters in 1996 and its chief national correspondent when he retired in 2014, died Wednesday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 75 years old.
His death was confirmed by Fox News. A cause was not disclosed.
In a statement on the Fox News website, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said, “Jim was a Fox News original and top Washington correspondent whose talent and fearless reporting were unmatched. He played a pivotal role in establishing our Washington office in 1996 and was loved throughout the network for his laid-back, down-to-earth attitude, kindness and ever-present smile. He will be greatly missed and we send our deepest condolences to his entire family.
Before joining Fox News, Angle had covered the economy for ABC and was a political reporter for CNN covering Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. According to Fox News, the channel’s Brit Hume invited Angle to join the new organization. Angle became a regular contributor to Hume’s nightly Special reportand eventually became a regular backup anchor for the program.
Among the stories Angle covered after joining Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News were Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and his 1999 impeachment trial. Angle also covered the story of the Florida recount in 2000, reporting live from Vice President Gore’s headquarters in Nashville, and was later assigned to various aspects of the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.
In 2011, Angle was named the channel’s chief national correspondent. He retired in 2014.
Angle was predeceased by his wife Patrice Angle, who died last year. He is survived by his sons Spencer and Chris Pisinski, his brother George Angle and his sister-in-law Alison Avagliano.