Fox News’ Harris Faulkner Reveals Deeply Personal News

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Following a decade as the host of Fox News’ wildly popular noontime program “Outnumbered,” Harris Faulkner has revealed her next destination.

The Emmy-winning newscaster told People Magazine that she would soon start work on her most intimate project to date, which will be a memoir detailing how her father—a veteran Army combat pilot in the Vietnam War—shaped her early years and how that affected her upbringing. Faulker’s limited series, titled “Footsteps of My Father,” debuted on Fox on May 16 and is currently accessible via streaming on its website. She discussed how filming tested her abilities as an on-air personality in an interview with People.

“This is the most personal I have ever been in front of the camera,” she said. “Trekking my dad’s combat trail in Vietnam was almost too much for my heart to take at times. I carried his burial flag with me in my backpack. When I landed in Vietnam there was a rush of emotions. I missed my parents more than ever.

“What I thought I knew about that war and his involvement ended up being just a tiny snapshot of the realities of fighting in a war that U.S. citizens would come to protest against. My father served two tours of duty in America’s mighty mission to preserve democracy in a faraway nation that was being swallowed up by the spread of communism. At home, our own nation was struggling with a violent racial divide. Yet, my father told his younger brothers and anyone who listened, ‘I chose to go fight for America because it was the best place on the planet to live. The U.S. Constitution clearly defines excellence and potential for America.’ He added, ‘The Civil Rights struggle is American freedom on the move.’ My father was a patriot.”

Faulker visits Vietnam in three episodes and chats with locals who experienced the conflict and “now understand what America was trying to do.” The nation has been stuck in the impenetrable third-world trap of low salaries, hazardous working conditions, and a government that represses dissent under a communist regime.

“While I felt their kindness and openness to me and my Fox Nation team, they are a communist nation. In my special, you’ll see visible remnants and reinventions of that kind of government. And, you’ll actually hear my dad’s voice telling stories of his survival and near-misses in the war,” Faulker explained. Her father passed away at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“My dad died Christmas Day of 2020. He was dressed for the day, looking sharp and at peace. The Lord has him now. Vietnam reminded me of my faith and my singular purpose to live a life that will deliver me to heaven to thank Dad with renewed vigor and understanding, for his service of our great nation,” she added.

Faulker and her husband are preparing their two teenage daughters to think critically in a divided country and to deal with even more bitter international strife between the United States and nations like Vietnam that are influenced by communist regimes like China by revisiting her father’s war lore.

“It’s wonderful that Bella and Danika get to witness me living out my career dreams as a TV news anchor and host of two shows, a bestselling author and more. I teach them to pray for peace, strength and discernment. And to surround themselves with kind, creative and hardworking friends. And I remind them that dream chasing is hard work!”

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