An old advertising campaign at WFAA-TV once boasted, “If it touches your life, it’s on News 8.” Veteran journalist Doug Fox has been reporting the news, and touching lives, for 38 years. Fox has covered news as a working street reporter for one station in Dallas-Fort Worth for almost four decades, a record unparalleled in a business where jumping from job to job, from market to market is so often mistaken for professional accomplishment.
Fox was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in Dallas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Out of college, he worked for several years in news radio before joining KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City, where he worked as a weekend anchor, political reporter and director of special projects. In 1974 he returned to Texas. Currently the Chief Political Reporter at WFAA-TV, Doug is known as a “reporter’s reporter.” He has the remarkable ability to encapsulate the moment, to capture the tone and emotion of a situation, and to translate it into words and pictures understood by all.
Over his distinguished career, Fox mentored a veritable “Who’s Who” of broadcasting professionals, including (to name only a few) CBS’s Scott Pelley, former ABC correspondent Peggy Wehmeyer, CBS anchor Russ Mitchell, and CNN’s Paula Zahn. Doug also touched the lives of countless other young journalists by always having the both the time and the patience to guide interns through what for most was their first professional experience.
Doug is married and has three children. They live in Richardson, Texas where they are active inlocal neighborhood and church activities.