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Politician To Pundit: Chaffetz Joining Fox News

Julia Ritchey, KUER
Rep. Jason Chaffetz discusses his plans to step down from Congress early on May 19, 2017.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will be joining Fox News after he resigns his seat from Congress this Friday.

Speculation had swirled for months that Chaffetz may be joining the cable news circuit after announcing he would leave his post just six months into his two-year term.

The Fox News Network confirmed the news on Wednesday in a press release, announcing Chaffetz as its newest political contributor.

In a press conference in May, Chaffetz hinted that he had no intention of leaving the public sphere. He told reporters he would be able to keep his home base in Utah even if he took a high-profile media job elsewhere.

“Those opportunities don’t necessarily mean you’re living on the East Coast; there are other ways to do that, but this is home,” he said.

In his new role, he’ll offer analysis across Fox News’s daytime and primetime shows, as well as the Fox Business Network.

He’ll join fellow politician-turned-pundits like former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Chaffetz begins his new job on July 1. A special election to fill his 3rd Congressional seat will take place Nov. 7.

 

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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