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Brian Ross leaves ABC News

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WSIL -- ABC News' Brian Ross, who was suspended last year as chief investigative correspondent for a faulty report on Michael Flynn, is leaving the ABC network after 24 years.

ABC suspended Ross last December for a month without pay for a botched report on ousted White House national security adviser Flynn that reported President Trump directed Flynn to make contact with Russian officials. The mistake even sent stocks tumbling, and ABC issued an apology saying: "We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error."

Today, Ross and his longtime executive producer Rhonda Schwartz announced they were leaving the network, sharing the following statement:

The time has come to say good-bye.  

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.  It is a point of great pride to see the soaring careers of so many of the talented and dedicated people who worked with us in producing hundreds of ground-breaking investigative reports that empowered the disenfranchised, exposed corruption and helped make our society a better place.  

While we are signing off from ABC News, we are hardly leaving investigative journalism.  There is much more to do.

ABC News President James Goldston sent the following note to the news division, sharing their letter with employees.


After more than two decades at ABC News, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz have decided to leave the company.

In their long careers here, Brian, Rhonda and their team have been recognized with nearly every prestigious award in our business – an impressive tally of four George Polk awards, four Peabody awards, four duPonts, five Murrows, 17 News and Documentary Emmys and the Harvard Goldsmith Prize, in 2014, for the single best investigative report in print or broadcast.

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.

Please join me in thanking Brian and Rhonda for their tireless work at ABC News.  They asked me to share the note below with all of you.  We wish them well in their next chapter.  


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