James Rosen (journalist)

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James Rosen
Secretary Kerry Conducts an Interview With Fox News' Rosen.jpg
Interview with John Kerry, Qatar 2013
James Samuel Rosen[1]

(1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 51)
OccupationJournalist, television correspondent
Spouse(s)Sara Ann Durkin

James Samuel Rosen (born September 2, 1968) is an American journalist and television correspondent, who worked as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Fox News Channel.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.[3]


Rosen's 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.[4] Rosen worked for WREX-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Rockford, Illinois.[citation needed]

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."[3]

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.[5]

Rosen left Fox News at the end of 2017 reportedly in the context of claims that he sexually harassed coworkers.[6][7]


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.[4]

Rosen edited A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century published in 2016 from the writings of William Buckley.[8] The book includes Rosen's introduction and prefaces for each of 52 eulogies or obituaries that follow.[9] 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.[10]

Justice Department investigation[edit]

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.[11]

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."[12] 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.[13] 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.[14][15] 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."[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004 he married Sara Ann Durkin.[1] Rosen lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons.[3]


  1. ^ a b "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Sara Durkin, James Rosen". New York Times. June 13, 2004. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "James Rosen Out at Fox News". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  3. ^ a b c James Rosen biography, foxnews.com; accessed January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Gillette, Felix, Watergate Revisionism: Fox Journalist Expiates John Mitchell Archived 2011-02-19 at the Wayback Machine, New York Observer, April 22, 2008.
  5. ^ 2003 Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest, C-SPAN Video Library; accessed January 24, 2018.
  6. ^ James Rosen left Fox News amid reports he sexually harassed colleagues, nydailynews.com; accessed January 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Top Fox News D.C. Reporter James Rosen Left Network After Harassment Claims, npr.org, January 10, 2018; accessed January 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Buckley, William F., Jr. (2016), A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century, James Rosen, ed., 323 pp., Crown.
  9. ^ Judge, Clark S., (September 30, 2016) "Reading Bill Buckley in the Age of Trump," Wall Street Journal.
  10. ^ Brown, Nat, (October 4, 2016) 20th-Century "Great Lives, Through William F. Buckley's Eyes," (review) National Review.
  11. ^ Marimow, Ann E. (May 20, 2013). "A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  12. ^ "Justice Department affidavit labels Fox News journalist as possible 'co-conspirator'". Fox News. May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 'Stephen Jim-Woo Kim' (sic)
  13. ^ Rove, Karl (May 24, 2013). "Did Holder mislead Congress about targeting reporters like James Rosen?". Fox News. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  14. ^ Madhani, Aamer; Johnson, Kevin (May 20, 2013). "Are Justice Department leak probes causing a chill?". USA Today. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  15. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (May 20, 2013). "Obama DOJ formally accuses journalist in leak case of committing crimes". The Guardian. London. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "'How Does Jay Carney Sleep at Night?': Napolitano, Kilmeade Discuss James Rosen Probe (with video)". Fox News Insider. May 21, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.

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