Hecker, a reporter for Fox 26 Houston at Texas, generated shock waves Monday night when she said during a live section which was supposed to be on a heatwave that she would be sharing secret recordings of this network, as she claimed:"I need to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp was muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers."
She proceeded to mention that"from what I'm gathering I am not the only reporter being subjected to this. I am going to be releasing some records about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox since it applies to you, the audiences.
"I discovered a non-profit journalism team called Project Veritas who is going to help put out that tomorrow," she added. "Thus, tune in to them."
She has spent her career reporting for local press outlets because her very first job in June 2012 at Fox 57 at South Carolina.
Hecker, who had been raised in Wisconsin, worked in the community from August 2013 to August 2015 as a reporter on their evening shows, before proceeding into the NBC affiliated KARE 11 in Minneapolis from September 2015 to 2017 as a reporter and also fill-in anchor.
On her LinkedIn profile, Hecker said that she"discovered her passion for journalism through high school radio talking contests," and wrote that in her free time she"enjoys playing guitar, producing songs she's written, health, and fitness."
The reporter has public profiles Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using a joint following of over 130,000 on her social media channels.
The reporter does not appear to remark on her political perspectives on social media, as her three feeds are instead filled with links to her accounts for Fox Houston 26 and intermittent glimpses into her private life, such as clips of her singing and playing guitar for her Instagram account"ivorylyrics."
Hecker posts regularly on that page, sharing clips of her playing original songs, videos from events she has played in and links to her songs on Spotify and Apple Music.
In a announcement to Newsweek describing why she left the promises against Fox during Monday's broadcast, Hecker claimed that after she interviewed an unspecified person in August 2020, her connection with the community took a"dark turn."
"They decided they didn't like what the interview issue was said, and they moved on to harass and defame me," Hecker said.
"I knew I was not working to get a journalistic organization once I was called in an HR assembly in December and was told to maintain my support for free speech and opposition to censorship to myselfthat those were not matters to be spoken about.
"True journalism can not exist within an environment of censorship," she explained. "True journalism requires an environment of free speech"
A Project Veritas spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek that it will release a one time interview with Hecker on Tuesday night, alongside the recordings she claims to possess.