When Fox News anchor Shannon Bream graduated from North Florida Christian School in 1988, she knew she was heading in one of two directions.
“I say it for fun, but my dad said, ‘You can go to medical school or law school, so pick one,'” she said.
The fire picked law. After obtaining a trade degree from Liberty University, she returned home to study law in Florida State. She graduated with honors and practiced in a company in Tampa for a few years. But it was not long before her own interests began to take hold.
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“My gut feeling was always in journalism and current events,” she said. “I’m definitely a news junkie.”
So Bream switched to broadcasting journalism, working for a number of local news organizations that took her on “a strange, cumbersome route” from Florida to North Carolina to Washington, DC. There, she met Brit Hume, who anchored the Fox News Special Report and ran the network’s DC agency at an event where Hume spoke.
“I talked to him; he eventually found out I was a lawyer and they needed someone to cover the Supreme Court, ”Bream said. “Because of Brit, I got my foot in the door at Fox and have been there for 15 years.”
Today, Bream covers the Supreme Court for Fox News Channel, anchors the midnight show Fox News @ Night and hosts the Livin ‘the Bream podcast on Fox News Radio. Her bestselling memoir, “Finding the Bright Side”, was released in May 2019.
Not long after, Fox News Books came to Bream with an idea for a different book project. This would not be about her journalistic career, the Supreme Court or current events at all. This book would spring from a deeper well: her Christian faith.
“They said, ‘We want to put something together that highlights the stories of the women in the Bible,’ and I immediately jumped in,” she said.
When “The Women of the Bible Speak: The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today,” was released in March 2021, it shot up the New York Times bestseller list, remaining in # 1 spot for five weeks and spent 15 weeks collected on the list. Brasen began to hear from readers “literally all over the world” and told her about the book’s impact on them.
“I think people have enjoyed seeing that these women are not footnotes in the Bible,” she said. “These women were important — whether they were part of Christ’s lineage, or part of Christ’s ministry, or part of Old Testament stories that lay the foundation for faith.”
The second book in the series, “The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak: Lessons on Faith from Nine Biblical Families,” was released on March 29. In it, Bream explores the stories of biblical mother-daughter couples, mother-son couples, and father-daughter couples.
When it comes to her own faith, Bream credits her mother as her spiritual mentor. Her mother got up early every morning to pray, Bream said, making it a habit to get in the way of others – even inviting strangers home she met at Publix to share a meal with the family.
“She would take someone home to sit at our table, and I would say, ‘Uh, what’s your name?'” Said Brasen, laughing. “She was just one of those people who reaches out to anyone she finds in need. So I had the very best example and I always say I’m trying to catch up with her.”
Brasen returns to Tallahassee on Sunday, April 24th. She will speak and sign books at an event sponsored by the Midtown Reader and hosted by City Church.
“Every time I can come to the Panhandle, it’s a wonderful thing,” she said. “I’m excited to be back. It gives me a chance to see old friends and hopefully make some new ones and share the message of encouragement and inspiration in this book.”
If you go
What: Fox News anchor Shannon Bream speaks and signs his new book, “Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak.” Free and open to the public, with books available for purchase from Midtown Reader.
When: 14.00 Sunday 24 April
Where: City Church, 3215 Sessions Road
Details: Call Midtown Reader (850425-2665) or visit midtownreader.com
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