Fox News' regular panelist from "Special Report with Bret Baier", Charles Krauthammer. Credit:Facebook/Charles Krauthammer

About Charles krauthammer
Age68 Years
BirthMarch 13, 1950 New York City, United States
SpouseRobyn Krauthammer (m. 1974)
ChildrenDaniel Krauthammer
SiblingsMarcel Krauthammer
ParentsThea Krauthammer, Schlum Krauthammer
JobPolitical Columnist
Works ForSpecial Report, Fox News Sunday

Fox News’ iconic commentator Charles Krauthammer has been MIA for a while now and is being missed by the network’s viewers. What happened to Charles Krauthammer? The prominent media personality underwent surgery months ago, but complications arose, and he is currently still in recovery. After taking time off broadcasting, Krauthammer gave his worried fans an update on his health through his colleagues at Fox News. It appears that Charles Krauthammer might be back in the studio before you know it!

What Happened to Charles Krauthammer?

In September 2017, Charles Krauthammer went MIA from Fox News’ panel. The political commentator garnered a massive fan base with his invaluable insight on issues. And countless people tuned into Fox News to watch Krauthammer whether they’d agree with him or otherwise.

That’s why his absence from the studio was glaring.


Fortunately, Krauthammer’s colleague, Bret Baier, informed viewers that the columnist is recovering from surgery. And although Krauthammer’s condition is undisclosed, he provided updates through Baier occasionally.

The surgery was reportedly successful. However, Krauthammer has reportedly suffered a few setbacks on the path to recovery. As a result, he hasn’t been able to get back in the studio soon enough.

“It’s a longer road than anticipated but the support of family friends and kindly viewers continue to sustain me,” Krauthammer’s first statement read.

Details about his surgery and condition have been kept under wraps. He hasn’t elaborated on the setbacks, but according to reports, he later suffered complications from the procedure.

Krauthammer attended Harvard Medical School. One day during his first year as a student, he went for a swim in the pool. But when he dived, he hit his head at the bottom of the pool.


The accident didn’t leave any outer injuries on the young Charles. However, the angle at which he hit his head affected the cerebral vertebra.

The injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. He has since relied on a wheelchair to get around.

But his disability hasn’t held him back. Krauthammer went on to become a psychiatrist. The 68-year-old is a syndicated columnist, a media personality, author, and one of the most inspiring political commentators in broadcast journalism.

How Is Charles Krauthammer Doing Now?

Krauthammer had provided an earlier update on his health through Baier in February this year. At that time, he said his recovery was “steadily slower” than expected.

“I am sure it is strange for your viewers that a regular panelist should disappear for months without warning and without any real explanation,” shared Baier reading Krauthammer’s statement, adding, “After my surgery, there were serious complications that took several months to stabilize.”

However, his condition had improved enough to begin intensive rehabilitation.

“This too is progressing well but as usual is intense and slow. Nonetheless, I am determined to make it back. I’ve got to — I can’t let you guys have all the fun,” the statement further said.

His touch of humor tells us that Krauthammer is recovering well.

Now, Bret Baier had another update from the influential personality. During Special Report with Bret Baier, the anchor read out an email he received from Krauthammer on May 14.

The statement read, “The worst now appears to be behind me, and I’m finally getting back on track with the rehab schedule that will eventually get me home.”

Baier added on behalf of the show’s crew and the fans, “The whole staff here at Special Report is behind you Charles, we’re hoping and praying for no more setbacks, and a speedy recovery.”

More Honor for Charles Krauthammer

Krauthammer has earned countless accomplishments for his medical and media work. Clinical doctors and researchers often refer his book on classifying mental illnesses.

In his days as a physician, he was a chief resident of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

As a columnist for The Washington Post and The Weekly Standard, he received a Pulitzer Prize. His published works have been winning him accolades throughout his career.

And it appears that the list of his accomplishments are getting longer!

Baier capped off the statement from Krauthammer with some great news. Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, sent an official letter to Krauthammer to notify him that he will be honored for his “uniquely valuable contribution to Israel and its alliance with the United States.”

The news anchor also added Baier’s response to the honor saying, “The honor is especially meaningful to him on this day, the day the U.S. embassy officially moves to Jerusalem.”

Krauthammer won’t be able to personally receive the honor on account of his recuperating condition. His son, Daniel Krauthammer, will attend the reception in Washington, D.C. to accept the honor on behalf of his dad.

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