Who Is Ivory Hecker? Reporter to Expose Fox 'Corruption and Censorship' to Project Veritas

Local Fox News reporter Ivory Hecker will appear in an interview with right-wing activist group Project Veritas on Tuesday night, just a day after claiming live on air that her network has been "muzzling" her.

Hecker, a reporter for Fox 26 Houston in Texas, created shock waves on Monday night when she said during a live segment that was supposed to be about a heatwave that she would be sharing secret recordings of the network, as she claimed: "I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers."

She went on to say that "from what I'm gathering I am not the only reporter being subjected to this. I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox because it applies to you, the viewers.

"I found a non-profit journalism group called Project Veritas who's going to help put that out tomorrow," she added. "So, tune into them."

The footage was shared widely on social media on Monday and was probably the first time many had heard of Hecker. She has spent her career reporting for local media outlets since her first job in June 2012 at Fox 57 in South Carolina.

After working as a reporter for the network's morning show until August 2013, Hecker, who graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University in 2012, moved to WLEX-TV, an NBC affiliate based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hecker, who was raised in Wisconsin, worked at that network from August 2013 to August 2015 as a reporter on their evening shows, before moving to the NBC affiliated KARE 11 in Minneapolis from September 2015 to 2017 as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

In September 2017, Hecker moved to Houston Fox 26 as a reporter and a fill-in anchor, which is where she is still working today and where she claimed live on air that the network was "muzzling" her.

On her LinkedIn profile, Hecker said that she "discovered her passion for journalism through high school radio speaking competitions," and wrote that in her free time she "enjoys playing guitar, producing songs she's written, health, and fitness."

The reporter has public profiles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, with a combined following of more than 130,000 on her social media channels.

Hecker hasn't yet commented on her social media accounts about the claims she made live on air on Monday, with her last post from June 12 reading: "I said, my guard is down. I'm just waiting on theirs to come down too. 🖤 #reporterlife."

The reporter doesn't appear to comment on her political views on social media, as her three feeds are instead filled with links to her reports for Fox Houston 26 and occasional glimpses into her private life, including clips of her singing and playing guitar for her Instagram account "ivorylyrics."

Hecker posts frequently on that page, sharing clips of her playing original songs, videos from events she has performed at and links to her music on Spotify and Apple Music.

In a statement to Newsweek explaining why she made the claims against Fox during Monday's broadcast, Hecker claimed that after she interviewed an unspecified person in August 2020, her relationship with the network took a "dark turn."

"They decided they didn't like what the interview subject had said, and they went on to internally harass and defame me," Hecker said.

"I knew I was not working for a journalistic organization when I was called into an HR meeting in December and was told to keep my support for free speech and opposition to censorship to myself—that those were not matters to be publicly spoken about.

"True journalism can't exist in an environment of censorship," she said. "True journalism needs an environment of free speech."

A Project Veritas spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek that it will release a one-on-one interview with Hecker on Tuesday night, along with the recordings she claims to have.

Newsweek has reached out to Houston Fox 26 and Hecker for comment.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 4: A flag with the new logo for FOX flies outside their corporate headquarters on 6th Avenue on April 4, 2019, in New York City. Local Fox News reporter Ivory Hecker will appear in an interview with right-wing activism group Project Veritas on Tuesday night, just a day after claiming live on air that the network has been "muzzling" her. Getty Images)/Gary Hershorn