Ainsley Hayden Earhardt (born September 20, 1980) is an American correspondent for the Fox News Channel, where she provides live news cut-ins at night Monday through Wednesday. Earhardt also reports for FOX's Hannity with her own segment called "Ainsley Across America". Since being at FOX, she has co-hosted Fox and Friends, been a panelist on The Live Desk and made appearances on FOX's late night talk show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.
Earhardt grew up in South Carolina, graduating in 1995 from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. She has lived in Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, North Carolina and New York. She completed the Austin, Texas half-marathon, went skydiving with the U.S. Army's Golden Knights and flew in an F-16 with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Earhardt has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.
She joined the network in 2007 after being a weekday news anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas. Earhardt anchored weekday newscasts of KENS 5 Eyewitness News This Morning (5 AM-7:30 AM) and KENS 5 Eyewitness News at Noon. She worked for WLTX 19, a CBS station in Columbia, South Carolina, from 2000 to 2004. Earhardt traveled to New York City to cover South Carolina middle school students donating nearly half a million dollars to firefighters after 9/11. The money was raised to buy a new fire truck to replace one lost at Ground Zero.
In 2007, Earhardt was given the University of South Carolina's Young Alumni Award and named the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's 2007 'Outstanding Young Alumna'. While at WLTX, viewers voted Earhardt "Best Personality of the Year" in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.