Seven months after botching a story on Michael Flynn and Donald Trump, ABC News’s Brian Ross announced Monday that he was leaving the network.
Ross, who spent 24 years at ABC, reported in December that Donald Trump asked Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. He later corrected the “exclusive” report to say that in fact, Trump made that request to Flynn after the election when he was president-elect.
ABC News president James Goldston praised Ross and his longtime producer Rhonda Schwartz, who will also be departing the network.
“They’ve exposed government corruption at every level, international human rights abuses and fraud, uncovered dangerous working conditions, sexual abuse cover-ups and dishonest business practices. Their work has led repeatedly to real changes in policy in the U.S. and around the world. They broke numerous stories following 9/11 about the government investigation of the attacks, from the identification of the terrorists to secret CIA prisons. Over the years they have built a team of the best investigative journalists in our industry, and they leave behind an outstanding group that will continue to break stories for many years to come.”
Ross and Schwartz said they weren’t done reporting in a farewell memo to colleagues.
“After a great run of 24 years, we have decided to pack up and move on from ABC News, an organization that has meant so much to us. We leave with enormous gratitude for all those who supported us and helped build the industry’s most robust and honored investigative unit.” They added: “While we are signing off from ABC News, we are hardly leaving investigative journalism. There is much more to do.”