Like every good Washington reporter, Fox News Channel's Bret Baier wrote a book. But the "Special Report" anchor eschewed the political thing, instead focusing his first book on his son Paul's journey.
Paul, now six, was born with five major heart problems and has had to go through three surgeries, the most recent this September. He's doing great now.
"You know, this had to be my first book," Baier told Whispers. "Because it's been my life -- for all of the covering politics and the lights and cameras of the studios that I go through day to day -- my life has been a lot of beeps and buzzes in Children's National Medical Center."
Baier got the idea for the book sending email after email to friends and family keeping them updated on Paul's progress. "They are not the bulk of the book, but that was kind of the genesis of the book," Baier said of the notes. (Baier says there are definitely some great Washington cameos in the correspondence too, including the late White House Press Secretary and Fox News star Tony Snow.)
Baier then linked up with writer Jim Mills, a former Fox News Capitol Hill producer, to flesh things out. "There's a lot of humor in the book," Baier said. "There's a lot of me getting to Washington, meeting my wife and then this journey that we went on...having our first child and finding out, basically, a day, 12 hours, after he was born, that he had this rare heart disease."
Hoping that the book could help other families going through something similar, Baier spent late nights and weekends finishing the tome, which is now in the editing process. The end product, "Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage & Love," is due out in June and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to pediatric heart research.
"I consider it a book you could read at the beach and heading into Father's Day I think it will be the perfect summer book," Baier said.