5 things that link Fox News’ Roger Ailes to Ohio

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Roger Ailes obit

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Fox News Founder and Ohio native Roger Ailes died Thursday at age 77. Here are five things to know about his Ohio connections:

-BORN: May 15, 1940 in Warren, Ohio

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-EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Ohio University, 1962.

-EARLY TV: The Mike Douglas Show, starting as property assistant for the Cleveland-based program in 1965 and serving as executive producer from 1967-68, receiving an Emmy Award for his work both years.

POLITICS: Began his political experience and furthered his communications career after meeting Richard Nixon when the former vice president was a guest on the Douglas show. Became a Nixon aide upon his election to the presidency in 1968.


-OHIO U. DONATION: Ailes made a $500,000 donation to his alma mater in 2007 and the newsroom at WOUB, the campus-operated broadcast operation, was named after him. His name was later taken off the WOUB newsroom in 2016 amid a lawsuit and firing from Fox News. The university also returned the donation.

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