Former Fox News Reporter Jana Winter Joins The Intercept

The Intercept, the flagship publication of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture First Look Media, announced Monday that it had hired former reporter Jana Winter.

Winter made headlines in 2012 when she refused to divulge her source(s) in a report that shooter James Holmes had given a notebook full of violent material to his psychologist prior to killing twelve in a shooting rampage inside an Aurora, Colo. movie theater.

The Arapahoe County District Court in Colorado had threatened Winter with jail time to compel her to disclose her source(s), but Winter ultimately prevailed when the New York State Court of Appeals ruled she did not have to comply with the court’s order. The decision was hailed as a confirmation of the so-called shield law, which protects journalists from being forced to reveal sources.

“I think that the appeals court made a very amazing and powerful decision that said this is the home of journalism and confidential sources are essential to the industry, to public knowledge,” Winter told Mediaite almost exactly one year ago. “This is for the public so people can come forward and tell us things that we don’t get from a press release.”

The Intercept was formed in 2013 by Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras, and a handful of other investigative and trouble-making reporters. It has since published intermittently, mostly national security-related scoops.

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