Breaking: Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett announced today that he is leaving the network “to return to his roots in print journalism.” Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will take over joint coverage.
He has been with the network since August of 2002 and became Senior WH correspondent in January 2009, taking over for Bret Baier. Garrett’s departure comes just a month after Fox News was given a front row seat in the WH briefing room, which he lobbied for and played an integral role in. During the White House’s “feud” with Fox News last year, Garrett was often cited by the administration and others as an example of fair reporting.
His last day will be September 3rd.
More: Press release (via Mediaite) after the jump. Excerpted quote from Garrett:
Throughout my television career, I’ve known with certainty I would someday return to my roots in print journalism. That day has come. I will soon announce an exciting new phase of my career — one made possible in no small part by FOX News’ consistent support. It would take a lot — something near perfection — to lure me away from the best job I’ve ever had. Details to come.
Update: NYTimes’ MediaDecoder reports that Garrett has been hired by National Journal editor-in-chief Ron Fournier to be a Congressional correspondent. From the NJ release (which is also available in full after the jump):
“Major Garrett is the embodiment of the new team we’re building here at National Journal,” said Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier. “He is known across Washington as one of the hardest-working journalists in the business, a fierce competitor on his beat, and a good and decent man. It is a rare combination, and one we’re incredibly lucky to be bringing into our newsroom.”
More: From an internal email from FNC SVP Michael Clemente: “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and we want to give a heads up to those who may find themselves on the receiving end of his questions…get ready. [P]lease join me in wishing Major the best of luck, as he bids farewell here. Michael”
More: Garrett explains his move to WaPo’s Howard Kurtz: “I want to talk less and I want to think more. I always considered myself an accidental TV reporter.”