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FNC’s Ailes Apprentice Program About To Graduate Sixth Class

Congratulations are in order to a group of people who have “graduated” from Fox News – the sixth graduating class of FNC’s Apprentice Program, recently renamed the Roger Ailes Apprentice Program will be honored for their service on Oct. 12. The program began in 2003 as a way of providing “minorities at entry-level positions with an opportunity to gain valuable behind-the-scenes experience working at a cable network that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them.”

One student and employee of FNC’s graphics department, Danelle Garcia, spoke of her experiences, one of which involved longtime FNC host Shepard Smith:

“We would get to just pick their brains,” said Garcia. “We asked Shepard Smith if he missed being a reporter, and he said yes, he does. It’s just been great to sit down and have a personal one-on-one with people you’d never think you’d meet, especially in the first year of working with Fox News.”

“It’s been an amazing experience,” she said. “Just to walk down the halls at Fox and feel comfortable enough to wave at executives who most people have never met.” She cited an “amazing” luncheon with Ailes himself.

Garcia can expect at least one more meal with the executive: she and the rest of her class will be honored with a special dinner on Tuesday, which Ailes is scheduled to host.

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