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Jana Winter is a reporter for Fox News Channel. She joined Fox News in 2008. Previously she was a reporter from 2006-2008 for the New York Post. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Montclair High School, obtained an undergraduate degree from Emory University in 2002, and a masters in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2006.
Among the stories Winter has reported on is the 2012 Aurora shooting. She was first to report, on July 25, 2012, that shooter James Holmes had sent a notebook to his psychiatrist with details about his planning killings. This caused Holmes' attorney, citing a gag order on law enforcement personnel on the case, to try to order her to reveal her sources, despite the existence of a shield law in Colorado.
The possibility that Winter might be subpoenaed in the case first arose in December 2012, when Holmes' attorneys complained that the details about the notebook must have been leaked, and demanded sanctions against whoever leaked the information. The prosecutors predicted that the defense's attempt to subpoena Winter would add extra delays to the case.
Fox responded to a subpoena issued by Holmes' attorneys by the end of January 2013, stating that Winter would fight any attempts to reveal her sources. Although the story was subject to ongoing press stories by the Associated Press and other news organizations, widespread press attention to the story did not begin until early April 2013, causing some commentators, starting with Fox itself, to suggest the lack of press coverage may be due to Winter's employ by Fox and that the rest of the news media could be biased against it.
At a hearing on April 1, 2013, a Colorado judge said he was reluctant to order Winter to testify and said another police detective needed to be questioned first. He ordered Winter to return to court on April 10. On April 5, 2013, the National Press Club issued a statement asking the judge to abandon attempts to get Winter to reveal her sources. On April 8, 2013, the judge announced he was deferring any ruling on the issue, as he has not decided yet whether the notebook (the only strand upon which Winter's testimony could be sought by the defense) will be admissible at trial.