NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross and his top producer are leaving the network, seven months after he was suspended for an incorrect report on the Trump administration. Ross said in a note to ABC staff Monday that he and producer Rhonda Schwartz are leaving ABC, but not investigative journalism. They have not said what their next step would be.
He also addressed his departure on Twitter.
It’s time to say good-bye after 24 years at ABC News, an organization that has meant so much to us. While Rhonda Schwartz and I are signing off from ABC News, we are hardly leaving investigative journalism. There is much more to do.
— Brian Ross (@BrianRoss) July 2, 2018
Ross incorrectly reported in December that Donald Trump, while a candidate for president, had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. Instead, the request to Flynn, who was briefly national security adviser, came when Mr. Trump was president-elect.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
For that, Ross was suspended for four weeks and told he could no longer report on Mr. Trump for ABC. The network’s news president, James Goldston, noted they had won several awards for their investigative work while at ABC, including 17 news Emmys.
"We wish them well in their next chapter," he said.
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