Fox News' Catherine Herridge: Battle Against Her Son's Cancer: Married Life and Husband's Support

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Fox News' Catherine Herridge: Battle Against Her Son's Cancer: Married Life and Husband's Support

Quick Fact Check

  • Date of Birth 1964-05-18
  • Age 55 Years 0 Month(s)
  • Nationality Canadian
  • Profession Journalist
  • Zodiac Sign Taurus
  • Religion Christianity
  • Ethnicity/Race White
  • Son/s Peter, Jamie
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Husband/Spouse Lt Col JD Hayes
  • Divorce/Split No
  • Wedding Date 2004-03-13
  • Career 1996- Present
  • College Harvard College Columbia University
  • Height/ How Tall? 5 feet 8 inches (1.73m)
  • Weight 57 Kg
  • Hair Color Dark Brown
  • Eye Color Dark Brown
  • Lesbian No

A mother’s love is something that is undeniably pure. This story is of a heroic mother, who gave a part of herself to save the life of her child. A heroic mother, Katherine Herridge not only gave birth to her child but also sacrificed a part of her to save the life of her child.

Hats off to this great mom!

Disaster Strikes Mother And Child

Catherine Herridge, who was formerly a London-based correspondent for ABC News, now works as a chief intelligence correspondent for Fox News Channel. Before a journalist, she is a mother, and it was her duty to save the life of her son Peter, who was in a desperate need of a liver transplant when he was just an infant.

Peter was diagnosed with a rare chronic liver disease called biliary atresia, a type of cancer when he was born. Cancer blocked his bile ducts which led to progressive damage to his vital body functions.

The story of Catherine and her son was very emotional, and it was covered live by Catherine’s colleague and fellow Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren. Greta was actively involved in providing information to the public regarding Catherine and her son Peter’s condition and praising them both via her blog.

It was a moment of terror and fear for both Catherine and her husband, John Hayes. They waited for a few months hoping that they would get a donor for the transplant, but to their surprise, it was tough to get one.

Even though they initially found a donor, the liver was given to a more sicker kid.

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In May 2006, the doctors ran some tests on Catherine. They discovered that she could be the only one who could give a part of liver to her second child as she possessed the same blood as Peter. Further, she was also similar in size to her son as she has a height of 5 feet 4 inches in comparison to John, who is above six feet.

Catherine immediately agreed for the transplant without any hesitation.

The surgery took place on 6 June 2006. First, a part of Catherine's liver was removed during a seven-hour procedure. It was then taken to the children's hospital where Peter was awaiting surgery, and the organ was transplanted in ten-hour-long operation.

It was a tough decision to make and for something like this the support of your family means everything. Catherine was lucky to have her husband and her then two-year-old son Jamie by her side.

Ten years after the transplant, it seemed like the decision made by Catherine and her husband John was right.

In a video, that was posted in Van Susteren's blog; Peter can be seen playing the drum like a normal kid. Who could've guessed that this kid was once diagnosed with something as fatal as biliary atresia right?

Even after 12 years of his surgery, Peter hasn't developed any complications and is growing like any healthy kid.

Personal Life: Married, Husband, and Children:

Talking about Catherine’s married life, she is married to John Hayes, an Air Force Lt. Col with whom she has two children: Jamie and Peter. Catherine herself comes from a Military family, making her choice in her spouse even more perfect.

Catherine with her husband John Hayes and sons Jamie (right) and Peter (left) (Photo: foxnewsinsider.com)

The husband-wife duo got married on 13 March 2004 and have been together ever since.

Since Catherine is very private about her personal life, not much about the family is disclosed in public. But, judging by their support for one another, they seem like a perfect family of four.

Legal Dispute:

Back in 2007, Herridge got into a steamy legal dispute with Fox News when she filed a lawsuit for discrimination stating that the women and the black correspondents were routinely given less desirable shifts.

This claim was filed after Herridge was passed over for a promotion for the role of an anchor because of her 'age' and 'sex.'

But, the district court overruled and granted a Motion for Summary Judgement instead. The U.S. District Judge Richard Leon made this decision after finding records of the reporter getting engaged in 'puzzling' negotiations in her contract which contradicted her claims of discrimination. 

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Fox News also made it clear that Catherine was the highest paid reporter in the Washington Bureau at that time and details about her 5-year contract worth $900,000 were also revealed.

Catherine's Biography:

Born on 18th May 1964, Herridge works as a Chief Intelligence correspondent for the Fox News. She received her Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. 

She formerly worked as a London-based correspondent for ABC News. Catherine joined Fox News in 1996, in the year of its establishment and had been working for it ever since. She also previously wrote for 'The pulse' a defunct Fox News Magazine.

Hailing from a family highly interested and involved in Military Affairs, Catherine herself has involved herself in various events around the world related to Military conflicts, incident, etc.

She was highly praised for her coverage of the 9/11 Benghazi terrorist attack and her coverage on September 17th, one day after Ambassador's Rice's controversial claims on the Sunday talk shows, debunking any false claims about any form of demonstrations at the consulate. She has also covered news from various war zones all over the world from Iraq to Israel to Guantanamo Bay and even the investigation of Princess Diana's death.

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A large portion of Catherine's career has been spent covering Hilary Clinton. She has reported on her Senate campaign and even the infamous Hilary Clinton Email incident.

Catherine Herridge has received a bronze world media for excellence in communication media from New York Festivals.

Apart from a journalist, Catherine is also an author. She wrote a book called “The Next Wave: On the Hunt for al Qaeda's American Recruits,” which talks about terrorism and its future threats in North America and the Middle East. She is also an outspoken advocate for organ donation.