Fox News Hires Peter J. Boyer From Newsweek

Fox News announced that it hired Peter J. Boyer, who has a broad background in print journalism, as editor-at-large

Last Updated: October 18, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

Fox News has named Newsweek writer Peter J. Boyer as editor-at-large, the cable news channel announced Thursday.

Newsweek/Daily BeastBoyer, who was hired by Fox President Roger Ailes, has spent the majority of his career writing for the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Now, he will contribute to the cable television channel and Fox's digital platforms.

"I have followed Peter's work throughout his storied career," Ailes said in a statement. "He's a talented and insightful journalist who will add weight and depth to our investigative reporting."

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Indeed, before going to Newsweek, Boyer authored a favorable New Yorker article about a local upstate New York newspaper owned by Ailes and his wife.

In the 2011 story, he wrote that the Putnam County News & Reporter "is a manifest improvement over its previous version, in both style and substance" since Ailes bought the newspaper in 2008 and installed his wife, Elizabeth, as publisher.

The news comes on the day Newsweek, long struggling to maintain its relevance and revenue in the digital age, announced it will end its print edition at the end of the year.

Before serving as a senior correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Boyer spent 18 years as a staff writer at the New Yorker, covering politics, military, religion and sports.

He also worked as a national correspondent for the L.A. Times, media reporter at the New York Times, contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a television critic for NPR's "Morning Edition."

His previous foray into television was at PBS where he received a George Foster Peabody Award and an Emmy in 2001 for his reporting on "Frontline."