Jackson native Andrew Craft is one of four members of the Fox News Channel “Reporter Training Program” who have been given field assignments for the network. The program trains relatively green reporters and puts them in the field for two years. Craft has been working at Fox News as a production assistant for daytime programming since September, 2014. Craft is being assigned to Las Vegas and begins work there later this month.
Other new reporters include Terace Garnier, Ray Bogan and Willie Inman, all who have previous experience in local news and are being assigned throughout the country.
The reporters serve as a “one-man bureau”: enterprising, writing, reporting and shooting their own video.
For the past two weeks, the four new reporters received writing and breaking news reporting training from FNC anchors Bill Hemmer and Harris Faulker.
Craft told JTV he is excited about the opportunity and is one step closer to his dream job of being a network news correspondent. “They told me I had to choose between being Andy or Andrew for the name I’ll be known as on-air. I picked Andrew.”
“While I don’t expect a lot of national interest news breaking out of Las Vegas, the presidential campaign might provide an opportunity with Nevada being a key battleground state” said Craft. According to the latest Fox News poll released today (September 23), Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in Nevada by 4 percentage points, 46 to 42.
Andrew Craft has been studying journalism and working in internships at Fox News, C-SPAN and at JTV. While here at JTV during the summer of 2011, he wrote scripts, shot segments and edited video for JTV programs and commercials.
Late last year, Craft was accepted into the prestigious Masters of Journalism program at Columbia University in the City of New York. “I am disappointed I will have to leave the program, but this is what I am going to school for” Craft said. He had been attending school while also working at Fox News.
Andrew Craft graduated from Lumen Christi High School in 2010 and from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish in 2014.
Andrew is the son of Rick and Deborah Craft of Jackson.
The program, previously known as the Ailes Junior Reporters Program was created by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Four previous Junior Reporters are now full-time correspondents for Fox News Channel.