Who was Uma Pemmaraju? Former Indian-American Fox News Anchor Dies at 64

Uma Pemmaraju, an Indian-American news anchor who was on the air when Fox News launched in 1996, died on Monday. Read on to know how did Uma Pemmaraju die and what was the cause of her death.

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Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott announced her passing and expressed grief while stating the following:

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Uma Pemmaraju, who was one of FOX News Channel’s founding anchors and was on the air the day we launched. Uma was an incredibly talented journalist as well as a warm and lovely person, best known for her kindness to everyone she worked with. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her entire family.”

Pemmaraju was one of the first Fox News anchors. She had also worked with Bloomberg and WBZ-TV. She had also received multiple Emmy awards for her reporting and investigative journalism.

How did Uma Pemmaraju Die?

Uma Pemmaraju passed away on Monday, August 2022. However, a cause of death wasn’t available immediately. Her health was reportedly deteriorating in recent times and she had developed old age-related issues.

She was 64 years old at the time of death. The details about her funeral are unavailable at the time of writing. We’ll keep you updated once more information is revealed.

WBZ TV Anchor David Wade has also expressed sorrow on Pemmaraju’s passing. You can have a look at his tweet below:

Uma Pemmaraju Early Life and Journalism Career

Uma Devi Pemmaraju was born on March 31, 1958, in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her family then moved to the United States and she grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Trinity University in Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

During the initial stages of her career, Pemmaraju joined KENS-TV and the San Antonio Express-News newspaper as a producer and reporter. She was also the editor of her college newspaper and joined KTVT-11 as a news anchor and correspondent.

Pemmaraju was on the air when Fox News launched on October 7, 1996. At that time, she was one of the only Indian-American anchors to reach national prominence. She first anchored “Fox News Now” and “Fox On Trends.”

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After that, she left the network to explore other opportunities but then rejoined in 2003 as an anchor and substitute host across the network. She had also worked with WBZ-TV and Bloomberg.

Pemmaraju Holds Emmy Awards for her Work in Mass Media

After working for KTVT-11 in Dallas, Pemmaraju moved to WMAR-TV in Baltimore and won her first Emmy Award. Throughout her career, the Indian-American anchor won several Emmy awards for her excellent reporting and investigative journalism.

She was also named Boston’s Best Anchor by Boston Magazine in 1996 and 1997. Pemmaraju also won the Texas AP Award, the Woman of Achievement Award from the Big Sisters Organization of America, and the Matrix Award from Women in Communications.

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At the time of death, Pemmaraju’s net worth is estimated to be around $4 million. The majority of her fortunes came from her time working as an anchor and host.

Social media users are paying tributes to the gone reporter. Our condolences go out to the departed soul. May God grant strength to his family in this tough period.