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Warren native and media titan Roger Ailes dies at 77

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Warren native and former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has died at age 77.

Roger Ailes was a 1958 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. 

He got his first taste of television in Cleveland where he worked on the Mike Douglas Show.  

He later became a media consultant to five Presidents starting with Richard Nixon.

He developed into a titan of politics, the entertainment industry, and revolutionized broadcast news. William Alcorn was a classmate at Harding.

"He had that kind of personality and from what I saw he was a driver,  somebody who wanted to get things done," Alcorn said.

Ailes never forgot his hometown, he made a large donation for a new veterans memorial and came back to Warren in 2008 to take part in it's dedication.

"He is generous. There's one side of him, the political side and the businessman side, and the other side is he's generous to his community," said Alcorn.
 
At Fox News Ailes was known for ruling with an iron fist, but at the same time he's also credited for making careers.

"Names like Chris Wallace,  Brit Hume and Megan Kelly.  Controversy aside those people still say they're thankful to Roger Ailes for their careers," Said Dr. Adam Earnheardt, Associate Professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Youngstown State University.

Ailes was forced out at Fox last July amid allegations of sexual harassment.  Charges Ailes had always denies. But Earnheardt believes that his role in shaping the network will always be it's legacy.

"Basically how they shaped that conservative opinion that quite frankly before Fox news many think didn't have that play before.  Now they do and I think we'll see that continue," Earnheardt said.  

Ailes had just turned 77 three days ago.

Authorities say  Ailes died of bleeding on the brain caused by an earlier fall at home.

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