TRAGIC: Longtime Fox News Correspondent Dies At 70

Longtime Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler died this week at age 70.

“Wendell was a gifted correspondent, a wonderful colleague and a FOX News original whose reporting was respected on both sides of the aisle. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Marge and his entire family,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said.

Fox News reports:

Goler joined Fox News Channel in 1996 as a correspondent and worked his way up to senior White House foreign affairs correspondent. The Washington D.C.-based reporter covered five presidents over 28 years at the White House during his storied career.

Fox News senior vice president and D.C. bureau chief Bryan Boughton said he will always treasure the days he spent working with Goler and will “cherish what he taught me” about journalism.

Longtime White House reporter Wendell Goler joined Fox News Channel in 1996.

“Wendell Goler was a great journalist and helped build Fox News from the ground up,” Boughton said. “Wendell was a professional who pursued all angles of a story so he could report it fairly. Wendell was also a great guy to work with and brought a lot of fun and smiles to our long hours of travel around the world.”

Very sad to report that longtime Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler has died, at age 70. He was a true professional who did consistently solid and balanced work for Fox. He was also a wonderfully nice man and a good friend. The apparent cause was kidney failure. RIP,” Fox News contributor Brit Hume tweeted.

I am really saddened about the passing of longtime colleague and friend Wendell Goler. He was a real pro on the White House beat, and kind to me during my years there. My family and I went to visit Wendell in the Dominican over a Spring Break, and he was so welcoming,” Fox News contributor Mike Emanuel tweeted.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier tweeted: “So very sad to hear that my former colleague Wendell Goler– who covered the White House for years – has died. Wendell was a consummate pro and a real gentlemen. My sincere condolences to his family #RIP.”

Fox News reported more information about Goler’s reporting on historic events:

Goler provided in-depth coverage of political reactions to major events, including the acquittal of George Zimmerman and the Congressional hearing on the attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

He reported on numerous international and national news stories, ranging from the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton to conflicts in Syria. The veteran reporter also covered the political response to the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008, the recession in 2007 and the Bush Administration’s post-9/11 policy changes.

“It’s been a hell of a ride,” Wendell Goler said on his final day at Fox News in 2014.

Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts said that one of his favorite memories of Goler – other than their shared love of Harleys — occurred when they were on a Bush campaign trip aboard a Pan Am charter.

“Wendell was never much for rules and didn’t appreciate the officious nature of the flight attendants. As we landed one day, Wendell stood up while we were taxiing to retrieve his gear. The flight attendant told him to sit down. It happened two more times as we approached the terminal,” Roberts said. “As we pulled up to the gate, Wendell got up yet again and the flight attendant scolded him, ‘Sir, you have to remain seated until… [at that moment, the plane stopped].’ Wendell looks at her with daggers in his eyes and says, ‘Until the plane stops?’”

“Classic Wendell,” Roberts said.

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