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Jana Winter Leaving Fox News

jana winterJana Winter, the FoxNews.com reporter who successfully fought to protect her sources during coverage of the Colorado theater shooting, is leaving FNC, TVNewser has learned.

“As some of you may have heard, today is my last day at Fox,” Winter wrote to colleagues, in a note obtained by TVNewser. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to have gotten to know you so many of you over the past six years. You are truly amazing, intrepid journalists and I have learned so much from you.”

In Dec. 2012, lawyers for movie theater killer James Holmes demanded Winter be compelled to testify about the source of one of her stories. A year-long legal battle came to a head last December, when a New York court ruled in Winter’s favor, keeping her from serving jail time for not revealing her source. The case was finally closed in May when an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected.

In her note, Winter gives “a huge thank you to what’s got to be the best legal department in the entire universe.”

There’s no word on where Winter is headed next.

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Case Closed for Jana Winter as Supreme Court Will Not Take Up Source Case

jana winterThe Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the lawyers of movie theater killer James Holmes who demanded FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter be compelled to testify about the source of one of her stories.

The high court’s decision keeps in place a December ruling from the New York Court of Appeals ending the nearly two-year-long legal fight.

Winter, who lives and works in New York, reported on the existence of Holmes’ diary which he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his July 2012 shooting spree.

“We’re pleased that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of free speech,” Fox News said in a statement. “The Court made it clear that Jana Winter can never be compelled to testify in Colorado, and that all New York-based journalists and media companies can rely on New York’s strong shield law when they are covering news across the country.”

“I hope that this will really change the way that reporters work,” Winter told TVNewser in December, following the appellate court decision. “I hope that people can go to another state and report on something and promise a source that they will remain confidential, and mean it, and not have to go through what I went through.”

Jana Winter Voices Support for Bill Seeking to Strengthen Colorado Shield Laws

jana winterFoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter has submitted a written statement of support to the Colorado Senate Judiciary committee for a bill that would strengthen the state’s media shield laws.

The proposed legislation, which was inspired by Winter’s battle with the Colorado courts to protect her sources in the Aurora movie theater shooting case, will have its first hearing today. Winter writes:

Over the last year, I have had the privilege of getting to know many of my journalism colleagues in Colorado, and I have been deeply inspired by their talent, their courage, and their zealous dedication to serving the public good. Yet my Colorado colleagues do not have nearly the same protection for their newsgathering under the current version of Colorado’s Press Shield Law as I do in New York. As a result, their efforts to engage in investigative reporting are necessarily stymied — and when journalists are prevented from doing their jobs, it is the public who suffers. When knowledgeable sources are unwilling to speak out because they fear that one day journalists could face jail time for keeping a promise of confidentiality, public debate becomes uninformed and the resulting public policies are built on unstable foundations.

The Morning Ticker: Winter, Target, Scott

  • Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel talked to CNBC’s Becky Quick in his first interview since the company’s data breach was announced. “We are not going to sleep until we get it right and we regain the trust of our guest,” he said on CNBC. “And we’re gonna be better as a result of this.”

  • Van Scott is joining ABC News as the publicity director for “World News with Diane Sawyer.” Scott previously worked at CNN, where he was the communications manager responsible for “New Day” and “Early Start.”

Jana Winter: ‘There Are No Take Backs’

WinterOn “MediaBuzz” Sunday, Fox News reporter Jana Winter reiterated she was never going to reveal sources from her Aurora, CO shooting story

“If I make a promise to say I will not publish this information unless I keep your name out of it, I’m not going to change my mind,” Winter told Howard Kurtz. “There are no take backs. I said I’d keep my sources secret, and that’s it…end of story.”

Winter said she felt her ordeal was completely “bizarre” and unfair.

Over on “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter closed the show agreeing with Roger Ailes that protecting Winter’s confidential sources was necessary to protect journalism and democracy.

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Jana Winter: ‘I Hope People Don’t Have to Google’ State Shield Law Before Reporting

Jana Winter with Shepard SmithTVNewser spoke with a relieved Jana Winter this afternoon about the New York court ruling that saved her from jail.

Following the court’s 4-3 ruling, the FoxNews.com reporter is grateful her rights as a journalist—and journalism as a whole—was protected by the court.

“I hope that this will really change the way that reporters work,” Winter said. “I hope that people can go to another state and report on something and promise a source that they will remain confidential, and mean it, and not have to go through what I went through.”

Winter also has a new appreciation for New York Civil Rights Law 79-h, the shield law that protected her from testifying in Colorado.

“If I hadn’t gone through this, I wouldn’t understand how important that is,” Winter said, hoping that in the future “people don’t have to Google specific state shield law” while crossing state lines during their reporting, which she’s gotten into the habit of doing for the last 18 months.

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Fox News Reporter Won’t Have to Testify in Colorado

WinterBreaking: FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter cannot be forced to testify in a Colorado court.

New York State’s highest court has ruled Winter cannot be compelled to testify about her reporting in the case of Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes.

Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ diary that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree.

Winter and her lawyers argued their case before the New York Court of Appeals November 11. The court let a lower court ruling stand, which protected Winter from having to reveal her sources. Had the court ruled the other way, she could have faced jail time for not giving up the information, which she declared she never would.

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More: From Fox News CEO Roger Ailes: “Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists. The protection of Jana Winter’s confidential sources was necessary for the survival of journalism and democracy as a whole. We are very grateful that the highest court in New York State agreed with our position.”

Fox News Reporter Jana Winter Back to Court

WinterFoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter will be back in court tomorrow asking New York State’s highest court to quash a subpoena filed by the lawyers for James Holmes, the Colorado man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 50 others at a movie theater last year.

Winter will ask the Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling that says she can be compelled to testify about her sources.

Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ notebook that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree.

The Albany Times-Union’s legal affairs reporter Robert Gavin writes, “The high court’s ultimate decision could have drastic implications not only for Winter, but the rights of the news media to safeguard the identity of its sources. That right is protected in New York state, where the Shield Law protects reporters from revealing their sources regardless of how vital the information could be to an investigation.”

If the Court of Appeals lets the lower court ruling stand, and Winter does not reveal her sources, she could go to jail until she does. Fox News’s Judge Andrew Napolitano went on “Fox & Friends” this morning and talked about the case. “She has said to me she will simply never reveal who her sources are,” said Napolitano.

Fox News Reporter Jana Winter Receives Delay In Key Hearing

FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter received something of a reprieve in her ongoing battle with a Colorado court, which has ordered her to testify and reveal who her sources are.

If you aren’t caught up: Winter was ordered to reveal who her source was on a story related to the Colorado movie theater shooting. Winter reported that the alleged shooter sent a notebook with violent imagery to his psychiatrist before the attack.

The Denver Post has more:

Jana Winter, who is based in New York, had been scheduled to return to court Sept. 30 for a hearing. Now, she is scheduled to return on that date only so that her subpoena can again be postponed — this time to Jan. 3.

The hearing could decide whether Winter will be ordered to testify about her sources for a story she wrote about the case.

If Winter is ordered to testify and she refuses, Judge Carlos Samour wrote in granting the delay on Tuesday, there is “the real possibility that Winter may face indefinite jail time in this case as a remedial sanction for her refusal to disclose her confidential sources.”

The AM Ticker: Sesay, FS1, Winter

  • Fox Sports 1 debuted Saturday, and amazingly managed to beat all four broadcast networks in the key adults 18-49 demo on night one. Saturday’s event was a UFC bout, which drew over 1.7 million viewers.

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