Honor student, beauty queen, and attorney, Fox News’ Shannon Bream is a Florida native from Tallahassee with a pretty good political pedigree of her own.
Shannon attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she entered at age 17. She graduated in 1992 with a degree in business. She met her future husband, Sheldon Bream while in her fourth year at Liberty. Sheldon Bream is the brother of retired Major League baseball player Sid Bream.
By the time Shannon was in college, her father had become a Washington lobbyist and as she grew accustomed to debates over the dinner table on the issues of the day, political discourse became a passion in her life. Shannon applied to and was accepted to be an intern on Capitol Hill while still at Liberty University. Her internship was with Congressman Bill McCollum (R-FL), a highly ranked Republican leader in the House and later to become Florida’s Attorney General. She became familiar with the legislative process during her time with Congressman McCollum’s office.
After graduating from Liberty University, Bream headed back to Tallahassee to enter law school. Once enrolled at FSU, she was now eligible to compete in the Miss Florida USA pageant which she entered and won, and then proceeded to become another top-10 semi-finalist...this time in the Miss USA Pageant. The prize money she won from Miss USA paid for most of her law school costs, which were supplemented only by working part-time with the Florida legislature. Shannon graduated from law school with honors.
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In the years following, Shannon practiced corporate law in Tampa, Florida. But by 1999, the 28-year old Shannon had a revelation; Bream found she didn’t really have the “fire in the belly” necessary for a successful legal career. “If you find something you’re really passionate about, it’s worth every bit of risk. For me, to stay at the law firm was more frightening than to jump into a new business where I had a lot to learn. So I took a huge salary cut, but I was excited to be part of TV journalism.”
It was during her semester-long internship that Bream decided, in her words, to take “a leap of faith and leave my job as an attorney.” She went to the news director and asked for a full-time job and he hired her as an overnight writer for the morning news anchors. Bream immersed herself in television news and eventually got the opportunity to do some live reporting. But her career suddenly swerved when the news director left and his replacement found her less inspiring.
“He told me I was one of the worst news reporters he’d ever seen on television, and he hoped I was a much better attorney because I needed to go back to practicing law.” Bream spent the two hours afterwards in a sound-proof edit bay, emotionally upset and wondering just how to exit the building with her self-esteem still intact. “Without meaning to, he pushed me out of the nest; and I know I wouldn’t have landed where I am now if he hadn’t,” she says.
Unemployed for six months, Bream landed at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. She would anchor the evening and late-night news from Charlotte for the next three years.
Three years into her contract with the NBC affiliate, however, she encountered Fox News' Brit Hume while in a backstage waiting room before a speech. Hume was, “exceedingly kind and upfront” Bream says, “but said, sure, send me a DVD of your work.’ After she left the room, Hume continued the conversation with Bream’s husband, and from him discovered Shannon had earned a law degree and had political experience from when she was an intern on the Hill. Within a few weeks, Bream had left NBC, and signed on with FOX News.
Shannon Bream joined Fox News Channel as a Supreme Court reporter in November 2007, based in the network’s Washington, DC bureau.
Bream now anchors America’s News Headquarters, which airs on Sundays from 12:00-2:00 PM Eastern on Fox News. Bream serves as a substitute anchor on both America Live with Megyn Kelly and Special Report with Bret Baier.
She and her husband, Sheldon Bream reside in Washington. Sheldon Bream works for the Washington Speaker’s Bureau.