H. Ross Perot passes away; helped Washington University make presidential debate history


ST. LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 11: Presidential candidates Ross Perot (L) Bill Clinton (C) and George Bush (R) answer questions 11 October, 1992 at the athletic center at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The three are participating in the first of three U.S. presidential debates. (Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS, MO- Two-time presidential candidate and billionaire H. Ross Perot died Tuesday at the age of 89 after fighting leukemia in recent months.

Perot’s entrance into the presidential election of 1992 made history. When he stepped onto the stage at the Washington University Athletic Center on October 11, 1992 with George Bush and Bill Clinton, it marked the school’s first time as a debate host for the Committee on Presidential Debates and the first time a televised presidential debate featured three candidates.

The school has hosted four other CPD events since 1992, most recently the 2016 debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Washington University announced it will not bid on hosting duties in the 2020 cycle.



About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News