Jana Winter

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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.

Aurora shooting coverage[edit]

Among the stories Winter has reported on is the 2012 Aurora shooting. She was first to report,[1] on July 25, 2012, that shooter James Holmes had sent a notebook to his psychiatrist with details about his planning killings.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5] The prosecutors predicted that the defense's attempt to subpoena Winter would add extra delays to the case.[6]

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.[7] Although the story was subject to ongoing press stories by the Associated Press and other news organizations,[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] 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.[4]

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.[15] On April 5, 2013, the National Press Club issued a statement asking the judge to abandon attempts to get Winter to reveal her sources.[16] 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.[17]


  1. ^ Winter, Jana (25 July 2012). EXCLUSIVE: Movie massacre suspect sent chilling notebook to psychiatrist before attack, Fox News
  2. ^ Free Press Fight, Fox News Channel, Retrieved 8 April 2013
  3. ^ Cook, John (8 April 2013). Here Is a Fox News Reporter Who Doesn’t Belong In Jail, Gawker
  4. ^ a b Schwarz, Hunter (6 April 2013). A Fox News Reporter Could Be Jailed For Protecting Her Sources, And Nobody Seems To Care, BuzzFeed
  5. ^ (11 December 2012). Fox News Producer To Be Subpoenaed In Colorado Shooting Case, Mediabistro.com
  6. ^ Ingold, John. (10 December 2012). Holmes' attorneys plan to subpoena Fox News in theater shooting leak, Denver Post
  7. ^ (31 January 2013). Fox News reporter fights to protect source in story of notebook James Holmes sent to CU psychiatrist, KMGH-TV
  8. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (11 December 2012). Lawyers for James Holmes Want Fox News Reporter’s Notebook Source, New York Magazine
  9. ^ Ingold, John (18 January 2003). Judge in Aurora theater shooting case OKs effort to subpoena Fox News reporter, Denver Post
  10. ^ (12 March 2013). Fox News reporter Jana Winter subpoenaed in Colorado movie theater massacre case, Clarion Ledger (Associated Press story)
  11. ^ (18 March 2013). Jana Winter, Fox News Reporter, Fights Judge's Order To Testify About James Holmes' Notebook, Huffington Post (Associated Press story)
  12. ^ Coffman, Keith (19 March 2013). Journalist asks delay in Colorado shooting case to fight subpoena, Chicago Tribune (Reuters story)
  13. ^ Ingold, John (20 March 2013). Aurora theater shooting: Fox News reporter seeks more time to appeal, Denver Post
  14. ^ (1 April 2013). Jana Winter, Fox News Reporter, Could Be Forced To Testify In James Holmes Trial , Huffington Post (Associated Press story)
  15. ^ Tenser, Phil (1 April 2013). Judge wants 1 more Holmes' case detective questioned before ruling if Fox reporter must name sources, KMGH-TV
  16. ^ (5 April 2013). National Press Club calls for judge to drop case against Fox News reporter, Fox News
  17. ^ (8 April 2013). Colorado judge defers ruling on whether Fox News reporter must testify on sources, Fox News