So what's it like being a Christian in a profession where there's little sympathy and someone on the rise is always nipping at your heels? OneNewsNow spoke with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream about her experiences.
Many viewers of Fox News Channel are familiar with Shannon Bream. The former Miss Virginia (1990) and Miss America contestant graduated from Liberty University in 1993, then while attending law school in Florida represented that state in the Miss USA 1995 pageant. In her spare time and with a lot of effort, she broke into local TV news in Florida and for the last ten years she's been with Fox. She says at every point along the way she lived out her faith – but it wasn't always easy.
"You're going to go out into a world who thinks you're foolish, that religion is a crutch or it doesn't make sense, that you're deluded," she shares, "and I think that you have to be prepared for that."
She said the divide, not only in the newsroom but in the real world as well, has become polarized – largely due to social media.
"I do think in day-to-day, face-to-face contact, people tend to respect differences about religion [or] no religion," Bream says. "[But] when you take that to a virtual place and people can hide behind computers and different identities, I think it unleashes some of the worst in us."
But the journalist says whatever difficulties she has found being an open Christian in a very secular environment has been made up for many times over by the opportunities for ministry with her colleagues it's given her.
"People do come to me in their worst moments and they'll say I don't pray or I don't know about God or I'm not sure I even believe in that, but [often] they'll say I know if I ask you to pray for me or to try to give me some good counsel that you will."
Bream currently is anchor/host of "Fox News @ Night." She and her husband Sheldon, also a graduate of Liberty University, reside in Washington, DC.