Ari Fleischer joins the ranks of former White House press personnel enjoying a significant presence at the nation's TV-news outlets. The former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush has been signed to Fox News Channel in a contributor role. Fleischer will contribute analysis across Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network's daytime and primetime programming.
"Ari's decades of experience in political communication and immense knowledge of the White House and its interactions with the press will add valuable insight to our programming," said Jay Wallace, president of news for the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news unit, in a statement. Fleischer is currently the president of Ari Fleischer Communications and Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, a company that offers strategic advice and communications training to sports organizations, athletes and various corporations.
"I very much look forward to joining Fox and to sharing my perspective on national, political and governmental events. When it comes to coverage and analysis of Washington, Fox has a powerful and important voice and I'm proud to join them," said Fleischer in a statement.
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Ari Fleischer through the years
Ari Fleischer through the years
385869 01: White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer speaks to the press January 30, 2001 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Cynthia Johnson/Liaison)
WASHINGTON, : Bush-Cheney Transition spokesman Ari Fleischer holds his first on camera press conference 02 January 2001 at the Bush-Cheney Transition headquarters in Washington DC. Fleischer said US President-elect George W. Bush believes in school choice, and will work hard to make certain it is available to all. AFP PHOTO/Joyce NALTCHAYAN (Photo credit should read JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President George W. Bush (2ndL) waves as he departs the White House in Washington, DC 13 February 2001 with White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer (L), Counsel to the President Karen Hughes (R), and an unidentified official. President Bush is traveling to Norfolk, Viriginia to address military personnel at the Joint Forces Command Headquarters about modernizing the military and its missions. (FILM) AFP PHOTO/Mario TAMA (Photo credit should read MARIO TAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US presidental spokesman Ari Fleischer deals with questions from reporters at the 23 May 2001 daily press briefing, regarding US President George W. Bush and his White House staff's actions regarding GOP Senator James M. Jeffords' (R-VT) expected defection from the Republican party. 'The president, the vice president, the White House ... we all hope that Senator Jeffords remains a Republican,' Fleischer told reporters. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
388779 03: White House spokesman Ari Fleischer holds a bat autographed by the New York Yankees baseball team May 4, 2001 in the Rose Garden of the White House. President George W. Bush was hosting a White House visit by the World Series champion New York Yankees. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer talks about the Presidents declining approval poll numbers in the Press Breifing Room of the White House 02 July, 2001 in Washington, DC. Fleischer also addressed the status of the President's governmental appointments. AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 30: Ari Fleischer (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images)
394509 03: U.S. President Geroge W. Bush (R) speaks to his staff inside the private dinning room September 11, 200 at The White House prior to his address to the nation about the terrorist attacks on the U.S. With the president are (L to R) White House Counsel Al Gonzalez, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Presidential Counselor Karen Hughes, Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, and Chief of Staff Andy Card. (Photo by Paul Morse/The WHite House/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is patted on his head for 'good luck' by World Series champions Arizona Diamondback's pitcher Randy Johnson (R), as Curt Schilling (L), also a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, looks on during the end of Fleischer's daily briefing at the White House 13 December 2001. Fleischer is a New York Yankees fan. AFP Photo/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President George W. Bush (L) walks with Chief of Staff Andrew Card (R) and Press Secretary Ari Fleischer (C) before boarding Marine One 08 March, 2002 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2255 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer during an interview with host Jay Leno on April 29, 2002 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President George W. Bush (L), with White House Senior Adviser Carl Rove (back 2nd L) and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card (R), presents White House spokesman Ari Fleischer (2nd R) as they depart the White House 04 July 2002 in Washington, DC. Bush is travelling to Ripley, West Virginia, and will address the 'Saluting Our Veterans' forth of July celebrations. AFP PHOTO/Manny CENETA (Photo credit should read MANNY CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: PRESIDENT BUSH AT U.S. CAPITOL TO VISIT HOUSE GOP CONFERENCE--President George W. Bush exits a meeting of the House GOP Conference in the U.S. Capitol. Behind him is White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and wife Becki (Photo by Jeff Snyder/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 6: White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice listen as U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during a prime-time media conference at the East Room of the White House March 6, 2003 in Washington, DC. President Bush held the media conference to make his case on disarming Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The media conference comes on the eve of United Nations (UN) Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix's report to the UN Security Council on Iraq's cooperation in the search for illegal chemical and biological weapons. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 20: White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer speaks to the press at his regular news briefing, March 20, 2003 in Washington, DC. Fleischer deflected operational queries on the war with Iraq to the Pentagon and the military leaders. (Photo by Mike Theiler/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 26: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) White House spokesman Ari Fleischer and new bride attend the White House Correspondent's Dinner after-party hosted by Bloomberg News at the Trade Ministry of the Russian Federation April 26, 2003 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 19: White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House May 19, 2003 in Washington, DC. Fleischer announced he will resign and leave the White House sometime this summer. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice (L) and Press Secretary Ari Fleischer talk while President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan hold a joint press availability at the Bush Ranch. --- Photo by Brooks Kraft/Corbis (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (C) walks with White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer (L) and Deputy Assistant to the President Scott McClellan (R) on the South Lawn of the White House, 20 June, 2003 in Washington, DC. Bush announced before his departure that he will name McClellan to be assistant to the president and White House press secretary, replacing Fleischer who has announced he will depart the White House next month. AFP PHOTO/Manny CENETA (Photo credit should read MANNY CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer looks at a bottle of Greek Ouzo given to him as a gift at a farewell party in the White House Press Room in Washington, DC, 14 July 2003, on his last day serving US President George W. Bush as spokesman. Fleischer served the president for two and a half years and will be replaced by longtime Bush administration member Scott McCellan. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 15: Daily News National Edition front page headline July 15, 2003, White House Dismisses Uranium Flap, 'A BUNCH OF BULL', On his last day as White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer hands out cake and derides critics of the President's Iraq policy (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer during Beyonce Knowles Visits the Late Show with David Letterman - July 17, 2003 at Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Former White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer and wife attend a special screening of HBO Sports' 'Nine Innings From Ground Zero' on August 11, 2004 at the American Museum of Natural History Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 22: Ari Fleischer and Becky Fleischer attend The Spirit of Jimmy V Gala at Pier 60 on April 22, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Ari Fleischer and Joe Torre during Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation's Third Annual Gala at Pierre Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Becky Fleischer and Ari Fleischer during 2006 Lighthouse International Winternight Gala at Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Kempin/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 29: Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer leaves U.S. Federal Court January 29, 2007 in Washington, DC. Fleischer testified at the Scooter Libby trial earlier in the day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - JULY 14: Ari Fleischer attends the 2008 Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Club on July 14, 2008 in Briarcliff Manor, New York. (Photo by Rick Odell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: (L-R) Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary & president of Ari Fleischer Communications, actor Tony Sirico and Drew Nieporent restaurateur attends the 2011 Wounded Warrior Project Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner at The Waldorf-Astoria on March 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Ari Fleischer attends the 7th annual Safe at Home gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on November 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer (R) holds up his flip cellphone alongside former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri (L) during 'The President and the Press: The First Amendment in the First 100 Days' forum at the Newseum in Washington, DC, April 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Fleischer served as the White House press secretary to former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. During that period, Fleischer was the primary spokesperson during the presidential recount, September 11th, two wars and an anthrax attack. Prior to joining his administration, Fleischer held the position of senior communications adviser and spokesman for Bush's presidential campaign, beginning in 1999.
Before joining Bush's campaign for president, Fleischer was the national spokesman for Elizabeth Dole's presidential campaign during the 2000 election primary season. He previously worked as the communications director on the House Committee on Ways and Means after Republicans won the majority in Congress in 1994, and served as press secretary to Sen. Pete Domenici, the New Mexico Republican, from 1989 to 1994.
A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Mr. Fleischer began his political career working as a press secretary on the congressional campaign of New York Republican candidate Jon Fossel and later was hired as press secretary to Rep. Norman Lent. He is also the author of "Taking Heat: The President, the Press and My Years in the White House."