KRIV Fox 26 reporter Ivory Hecker alleges network ‘muzzling,’ teases audio leak through

Houston Fox 26 reporter Ivory Hecker on Monday went off script during a 5 p.m. broadcast, alleging that she is being muzzled by the network and will release secret recordings of “what goes on behind the scenes at Fox.” 

The station on Tuesday confirmed that she is no longer with Fox 26. The station issued a statement through a spokesperson. 

“FOX 26 adheres to the highest editorial standards of accuracy and impartiality,” according to the statement. “This incident involves nothing more than a disgruntled former employee seeking publicity by promoting a false narrative produced through selective editing and misrepresentation.” 

The reporter said on air that she sent the recordings to the conservative activist group Project Veritas. In an email to the Chronicle, the group confirmed they obtained audio from Hecker and intend to publish the material on Tuesday night

Hecker, who could not be reached for comment, did not specify details of the recordings during the broadcast. 

“I want to let you the viewers know, Fox Corp has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewer,” she said during the broadcast. “And from what I am 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 nonprofit journalism group called Project Veritas that’s going to help put that out tomorrow so tune into them.” 

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Hecker is a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for the station, according to her bio on the station’s website. She previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KARE, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis. 

Project Veritas is an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups, according to the Washington Post. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias, according to the Post.

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