Who was Uma Pemmaraju? Tributes pour in as Fox news anchor dies aged 64

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Uma Pemmaraju, a Fox News anchor, died on August 8 at the age of 64. Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott expressed her sadness by saying:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Uma Pemmaraju, who was a founding anchor of FOX News Channel and who aired on the day of our debut. Uma was a nice, charming girl who had tremendous talent as a writer. She was particularly known for being polite to everyone she worked with. We send our sincere condolences to her entire family.

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The cause of Pemmaraju’s death is unknown and there is currently no detailed information about her funeral.

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Uma Pemmaraju

Uma Pemmaraju has been with Fox News since the beginning

On March 31, 1958, Uma was born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. However, she grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where she attended Trinity University before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

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As part of an exchange program with Trinity University, she spent a year studying International Relations at American University.

Earlier in her career, Pemmaraju worked as a producer and reporter for KENS-TV and the San Antonio Express-News newspaper. She came to KTVT-11 as a news anchor and correspondent, while also serving as the editor of the student newspaper. She later held positions at Boston’s WBZ-TV, WLVI and Baltimore’s WMAR-TV. She worked as a producer and correspondent for the evening magazine of the WBZ.

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She later rose to prominence on Fox News as an anchor and presenter of America’s News Headquarters with Uma Pemmaraju. She also worked as a reporter for Bloomberg News.

She joined the Fox News staff in October 1996, shortly before the station’s debut. She interviewed celebrities such as the Dalai Lama, Buzz Aldrin, Carly Simon, Whoopi Goldberg and others while hosting numerous shows and specials.

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Boston Magazine named Pemmaraju Boston’s Best Presenter in 1996 and 1997. In addition to a Texas AP Award, the Woman of Achievement Award from the Big Sisters Organization of America, and the Matrix Award from Women in Communications, she has received numerous Emmy Awards for her reporting and investigative journalism.

Uma’s net worth was believed to be around $4 million. The majority of her wealth came from her work as a host and presenter.

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Netizens pay tribute on Twitter

People expressed their condolences on Twitter after learning of Pemmaraju’s death:

Pemmaraju has a daughter named Kirina Alana Devi with wealthy Andrew Petkun, to whom she was married. Pemmaraju and Petkun later divorced for an unspecified reason.

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