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James Rosen (journalist)

James Rosen
James Rosen interviewing John Kerry.
Born (1968-09-02)September 2, 1968
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Journalist, television correspondent

James Rosen is an American journalist and television correspondent. He currently works as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Fox News Channel.

Early life

Rosen was born in Brooklyn to Myron and Adele 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.[1]


Rosen's first job after graduating from journalism school was as a producer for the New York television channel NY1. He then worked at CBS News as a researcher for lead anchor Dan Rather.[2] 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".[1] 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 Donald Rumsfeld, Helen Thomas and Tom Brokaw, among others.[3]

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, soon after graduating from journalism school, to write the book.[2]

Justice Department investigation

On May 17, 2013, 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, timing of calls and his personal emails.[4]

To obtain the warrants, the Justice Department labeled Rosen a "criminal co-conspirator" with Fox News contributor, 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."[9]

First Amendment scholar Rodney A. Smolla cites the Supreme Court case Branzburg v. Hayes for his view that the First Amendment may compel journalists to testify when they have evidence of a crime, stating "Although First Amendment values are enormously important to our society, there are other values that are also important … One of the most fundamental notions in a system that believes in the rule of law is that courts are entitled to every person's evidence."[10]

Personal life

Rosen lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c James Rosen Fox News biography
  2. ^ a b Watergate Revisionism: Fox Journalist Expiates John Mitchell, Felix Gillette, New York Observer, April 22, 2008.
  3. ^ 2003 Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest, C-SPAN Video Library
  4. ^ Marimow, Ann E. (May 20, 2013). "A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Justice Department affidavit labels Fox News journalist as possible ‘co-conspirator’". Fox News. May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rove, Karl (May 24, 2013). "Did Holder mislead Congress about targeting reporters like James Rosen?". Fox News. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Madhani, Aamer; Johnson, Kevin (May 20, 2013). "Are Justice Department leak probes causing a chill?". USA Today. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (May 20, 2013). "Obama DOJ formally accuses journalist in leak case of committing crimes: Yet another serious escalation of the Obama administration's attacks on press freedoms emerges".  
  9. ^ "How Does Jay Carney Sleep at Night?". Fox News Insider. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "In Press-Rights Battle, Reporter Says Accountability's At Risk".  

External links

  • interview with Rosen, May 18, 2008Q&AC-SPAN
  • FOX News coverage of the James Rosen DOJ Investigation
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