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Major Garrett leaving Fox News

Was chief White House correspondent; joins National Journal

Major Garrett will quit Fox News and likely give up his newly acquired front-row seat to White House news briefings in order to join National Journal, the newscaster said Wednesday.

Garrett, whose last day as chief White House correspondent for Fox News is Sept. 3, will become a congressional correspondent and will provide reportage and analysis accross several National Journal properties, including CongressDaily, The Hotline, NationalJournal.com and the PBS show "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal."

Fox News said that Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will assume joint coverage of Garrett's beat.

The Obama administration has had a famously stormy relationship with Fox News but the White House has steered clear of accusing Garrett of anti-Obama bias.

Nevertheless, some media outlets -- like the New York Times, for example -- have been insinuating that Garrett's departure has something to do with the animosity between Fox News and the White House.

In ditching Fox News, Garrett will trade in much of the celebrity that comes with television for a more low-key career largely in print media, but it's not something that bothers him, apparently.

"Throughout my television career," said Garrett, "I've known with certainty I would someday return to my roots in print journalism. That day has come."