Rob Brown, Fox News Video Producer, Dies of COVID

A Monday report in the Daily Beast said Brown died from complications of COVID-19, which Fox News would not confirm

Last Updated: October 27, 2020 @ 6:49 AM

Rob Brown, a longtime video producer at Fox News, has died, the network announced in an internal memo to staffers last week.

Brown, who had worked with the company for 21 years, died of complications from COVID-19, his family told The Daily Beast, adding that he had not been in the company’s midtown Manhattan offices since March. His age and date of death could not immediately be determined.

“Rob was a wonderful employee and a bright light to those of us who were blessed to have worked alongside him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Fox News said in a statement.

Shows and networks all across television have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in real and personal ways. Some, like NBC, lost crew members. Others, like CNN, saw numerous anchors infected.

Fox News itself has seen new cases this week. Network president Jay Wallace and Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott sent out an internal memo Monday addressing “recent developments of a few positive COVID-19 cases at Fox News Media.” Among those required to quarantine after exposure to someone who later tested positive are Wallace himself and four on-air personalities: Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino and Juan Williams.

Fox News Media is reducing its in-office footprint for the week leading up to the election, though there were already few people in the office to begin with. Only those necessary to coverage on election night will be present, according to the memo.