James Rosen Biography
James Rosen is an American journalist and television correspondent. He worked as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Fox News Channel.
Rosen was born in 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, to Myron and Regina Rosen. His parents moved when he was young to neighboring borough Staten Island and he went to public schools there. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He then attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating with a master’s degree in journalism.
James Rosen Age
James Rosen was born as James Samuel Rosen, on 2 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York, United States.
James Rosen Career
His first job after graduating from journalism school was as a producer for the New York television channel NY1. He began his on-air career at News 12–The Bronx as a one-man band street reporter and then as an anchorman. James also served as camera operator, editor, and producer for that network. He also worked at CBS News as a researcher for lead anchor Dan Rather. Rosen worked for WREX-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Rockford, Illinois.
Rosen joined Fox News as an on-air correspondent in February 1999. According to his Fox News biography, he has since reported: “from 49 states and more than three dozen foreign countries across five continents.”In January 2003 Rosen was named the “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” at the annual “Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest” charity event, after performing a comedy routine that included imitations of George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Helen Thomas, and Tom Brokaw, among others. Rosen left Fox News at the end of 2017 reportedly in the context of claims that he sexually harassed coworkers.
James Rosen Books
In 2008 Rosen’s book, The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate was published by Doubleday; it was a biography of Richard Nixon’s attorney general, John N. Mitchell, and his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Rosen had spent 17 years researching and writing The Strong Man; the project was initially based on a grant Rosen had received from William F. Buckley Jr., soon after graduating from journalism school, to write the book.
Rosen edited A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century published in 2016 from the writings of William Buckley. The book includes Rosen’s introduction and prefaces for each of 52 eulogies or obituaries that follow. His son Christopher Buckley has suggested that the volume, published eight years after Buckley’s death, might be the greatest of his father’s 60-some books.
James Rosen Justice Department Investigation
The Washington Post reported the United States Department of Justice had monitored Rosen’s activities by tracking his visits to the State Department, through phone traces, the timing of calls and his personal emails on May 17, 2013.
To obtain the warrants, the Justice Department said he was “accused in a Justice Department affidavit of being a possible criminal ‘co-conspirator'” with Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. Fox News executive Michael Clemente said, “We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter.” Attorney General Eric Holder personally signed off on the search warrant of Rosen, who was labeled a “flight risk” to keep from being informed of the ongoing surveillance.
The Justice Department’s methods have caused various analysts and others to express concerns that “aggressive investigation of classified leaks by government officials are having a chilling effect on news organizations’ ability to play a watchdog role” according to USA Today. Fox News contributor former judge Andrew Napolitano commented: “This is the first time that the federal government has moved to this level of taking ordinary, reasonable, traditional, lawful reporter skills and claiming they constitute criminal behavior.”
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JAMES ROSEN LEAVING FOX NEWS AFTER 18 YEARS
It was revealed in 2013 that the FBI was investigating Rosen and had obtained records of his phone calls and emails after he reported on classified intelligence in North Korea in 2009. Fox called the investigation “downright chilling.
“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter,” Michael Clemente, the executive vice president of news at Fox News, said at the time. “In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”
The investigators in the case believed Rosen had obtained classified information from a State Department adviser and had “probable cause” to believed Rosen was an “aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the leak. The DOJ accused Rosen of using flattery to obtain documents from the adviser, which critics said conflated standard journalistic practices with illegality.
The case was indicative of the Obama Justice Department cracking down on leaks to reporters, and some argued it had a chilling effect on speech and press freedom. Search warrants like these have a severe chilling effect on the free flow of important information to the public,” First Amendment lawyer Charles Tobin told the Washington Post in 2013. “That’s a very dangerous road to go down.”