Julie Banderas

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Julie Banderas
Born Julie E. Bidwell
(1973-09-25) September 25, 1973 (age 44)
Hartford, Connecticut
Education Emerson College
Occupation Television news anchor and correspondent
Employer Fox Entertainment Group
Notable credit(s) The Big Story Weekend host
Spouse(s) Andrew J. Sansone
Children Addison Melissa (daughter)
Avery Julie (daughter)
Andy Harrison (son)
Relatives Howard (father)
Fabiola (mother)
Melissa (sister)

Julie Banderas (born Julie E. Bidwell on September 25, 1973) is an American television news correspondent and anchor for the Fox News Channel. She is currently the anchor for America's News Headquarters on Saturdays and Fox Report Weekend.

Early life[edit]

Banderas is a daughter of Fabiola R., a Colombian woman,[1] and Howard D. Bidwell. Banderas has a sister named Melissa. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Emerson College.[2]


Banderas began her career [3] at WLVI-TV in Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to serve as a local news anchorwoman for WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Virginia; WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut and WNYW in New York City.

Banderas joined the Fox News Channel in March 2005 as a general assignment reporter.[4] In June 2006, she gained international media attention for her infamous on-air clash with Shirley Phelps-Roper, former spokeswoman for the infamous Westboro Baptist Church,[5] in which she later stated "These people should be arrested, and I understand the right to protest, but when you disgrace not only our fallen soldiers, but when you disgrace innocent young children, I swear. Lock ‘em up. Throw away the key. Give ‘em the death penalty"[6]

In 2008, she replaced Laurie Dhue at the anchor position for Fox Report Weekend. In 2010 she took maternity leave with Harris Faulkner assuming her responsibilities. She returned to Fox News from leave near the end of 2010 and was reassigned to the position of general news correspondent.

Personal life[edit]

Banderas' husband, Andrew J. Sansone, a member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity and founding president of both Old Rock Media and Big Apple Channel, proposed marriage to her with a message in a bottle while they were clam digging on Long Island Sound. She announced their engagement during an episode of America's Election Headquarters on September 21, 2008.[7] They wed at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on August 29, 2009.[8] Their daughter Addison Melissa was born on April 21, 2010.[9] A second daughter, Avery Julie, was born on November 13, 2012.[10] They currently reside in New York City.


  1. ^ "Episode dated February 10, 2008". Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. February 10, 2008. Fox News Channel. 
  2. ^ "Julie Banderas". FoxNews.com. January 13, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "TV 3 Alumni: Where Did They Go?, or 'Where's Meg?'". BridgewaterVA.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2007. 
  4. ^ Staff (March 9, 2005). "Julie Banderas Joins Fox News". TV Newser. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3PyoUPcobA
  6. ^ http://www.wrldrels.org/ARTICLES/WESTBORO%20BAPTIST%20CHURCH/Rebecca%20Barrett-Fox,%20Westboro%20Baptist%20Church,%20the%20Religious%20Right,%20and%20American%20Nationalism.pdf
  7. ^ "Episode dated September 21, 2008". America's Election Headquarters. September 21, 2008. Fox News Channel. 
  8. ^ "Julie Bidwell, Andrew Sansone". The New York Times. August 28, 2009. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ Sansone, Andrew (April 22, 2010). "It's a GIRL!". Twitter.com. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Julie Banderas's New Baby Girl!". FoxNews.com. November 13, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 

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