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Major Garrett's last day at Fox before he begins print gig at National Journal

September 3, 2010 | 11:15 am

Garrett It’s time to cap the lens on Major Garrett’s gig as White House correspondent for Fox News.

Friday marks Garrett’s last day on the job; he’ll make the move from TV reporting to print reporting (his “first love in journalism”) for the National Journal as a congressional correspondent.

Garrett, 48, has been the chief White House correspondent for Fox since 2002. Before joining Fox, he was a White House correspondent for CNN.

He tweeted about his departure from Fox earlier this week, addressing questions from followers.

Asked why he’s leaving the new front-row seat Fox News landed after Helen Thomas resigned, Garrett posted: “Coincidental opportunity. Timing just fell this way. At [the White House], it's what you ask, not where you sit.”  He later added, “I'm happy Fox has new seat. I never personalized it. It is the network's seat, not mine. Reflects dedication to beat over the years.”

He now says his TV appearances will be limited to discussing what he’s “reported/written,” rather than appearing as a “beck-and-call contributor.”

White House correspondents Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will carry on joint coverage of the beat for the network.

Fans of Garrett can catch his byline soon after he begins his new job on Sept. 20.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: President Obama with Fox News' Major Garrett, left, in the kitchen of the Brady press briefing room at the White House in 2009. Credit: Associated Press.