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Roger Ailes Apprentice Program Celebrates Ninth Class of Graduates

Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes founded the Ailes Apprentice Program in 2003 as a diversity program to train young aspiring executives and news reporters, and last week was the graduation ceremony for the ninth class of the program, with keynote speeches delivered by former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder and advertising pioneer Roy Eaton.

This year’s class consisted of four graduates: Joanna Preston, Sarah Kader, Terrell Brown, and Stephen Hernandez. Ailes spoke at the ceremony about why he wanted to start the program in the first place.

“I had this idea for the apprentice program ten years ago because I saw many young minority people in our intern programs and so on, but we couldn’t find them. And I said, ‘Where’d those kids go? They were good.’ And they said they don’t have access to us. I said, ‘Well, then, we’re gonna create the access, because I have absolute confidence that once they’re in here, they will perform.'”

Fox & Friends covered the graduation this morning, including snippets of speeches from the four graduates, all thanking Ailes for the opportunities given to them.

You can watch the video here, via Fox News:

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