Former Fox News correspondent James Rosen lands at Sinclair

Former Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen has joined Sinclair Broadcasting as an investigative reporter, according to a Tuesday night tweet by Rosen.

"Proud to start the New Year by joining @WeAreSinclair as an investigative reporter in its growing Washington bureau," he wrote to his more than 200,000 followers. "Stay tuned to this feed for updates on where and when you can catch my reporting."

 

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Rosen joining Sinclair comes one year after his sudden departure from Fox News.

No specific reason was provided for Rosen's departure at the time. The 50-year-old New York Times bestselling author had been with the network since 1999.

NPR reported in January 2018 that Rosen left the network amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The report, based on interviews with eight of Rosen's former colleagues, alleged there were three separate instances in which Rosen made "overt physical and sexual overtures" to co-workers.

Rosen declined to comment on the report, according to NPR.

Rosen generated headlines in 2013 after it was revealed the Obama Justice Department spied on him extensively three years earlier as part of a probe into documents leaked to the media.

At the time, the Obama Justice Department led by Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder: 'We're really at the beginning' of questions about Trump obstructing justice What should Democrats do next, after Mueller's report? GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight MORE labeled Rosen a "criminal co-conspirator and a flight risk," and had his movements tracked when entering and exiting the State Department. Rosen's phone records and personal emails searched.

Fox News defended him at the time saying they were "outraged" by the report.

In 2014, Holder said he could have been "a little more careful" during the investigation as it pertained to Rosen.

“I think that I could’ve been a little more careful looking at the language that was contained in the filing that we made with the court. He was labeled as a co-conspirator ... I think that could have been differently, done better," Holder said.

Rosen responded by stating Holder's remarks "scarcely address the relevant facts of his conduct."

The Maryland-based Sinclair, which saw its attempted $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media fall apart in 2018 after it failed to get regulatory clearance, owns 191 television stations and can be seen in 89 markets.

Updated at 8:08 a.m.