Sarah Palin Signs Multi-Year Deal As Fox News Commentator

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, will return to her broadcast roots and take her conservative message to Fox News as a regular commentator, the cable channel announced Monday.

"I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News," Palin said in a statement posted on the network's Web site. "It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news."

Fox said that according to the multiyear deal, Palin will offer political commentary and analysis on the cable channel, as well as Fox's Web site, radio network and business cable channel.

She also will host occasional episodes of Fox News' "Real American Stories," a series debuting this year that the network said will feature true inspirational stories about Americans who have overcome adversity.

"Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup," Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming, said in a statement.

Palin, 45, is hugely popular with conservatives and has more than 1.1 million Facebook followers.

She stepped down as Alaska governor in July, 17 months before the end of her first term in office and less than a year after she vaulted to overnight fame as John McCain's running mate.

The bombshell resignation stunned even supporters and fueled widespread speculation on her next career step - with predictions ranging from seeking the presidency in 2012 to hosting a conservative talk show. She told Barbara Walters in November that a 2012 presidential bid was not on her radar but added she wouldn't rule out playing some kind of role in the next presidential election.

Since resigning, Palin has had colossal success with her best-selling memoir "Going Rogue," released four months after she left office. She finished a nationwide tour in December after hitting some of the political battleground states from the 2008 election and drawing thousands of fans.

Palin majored in journalism with an emphasis on broadcasting at the University of Idaho and worked part-time as a weekend sportscaster in the 1980s for KTUU-TV in Anchorage, using her then-maiden name Heath.

Her upcoming commentary career had her Facebook fans giddy with excitement Monday.

"Tell 'em like it is girl!!!!!!," one person wrote on a post.

"I look forward to seeing you on Fox....but I hope it doesn't prevent you from running in '12!," another wrote.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Sarah Palin is taking her conservative message to Fox News. An attorney for the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate says Palin will provide some type of commentary for the cable network.

Attorney Thomas Van Flein declined to elaborate on the deal.

Palin is hugely popular with conservatives and has more than 1 million Facebook followers.

She stepped down as Alaska governor in July, 17 months before the end of her first term in office. Her resignation came less than a year after she vaulted to overnight fame as John McCain's running mate.

Palin worked part-time as a weekend sportscaster in the 1980s for KTUU-TV in Anchorage.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    No LM, but I played one on TV.......
  • by LM on Feb 1, 2010 at 06:04 PM
    Osoc...for whatever reason some post are not getting through...are you the mediator for witn? ;)
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 1, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Hello Non sense, no, why, is she getting under your skin?
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    OSOC-Are you related to Christian Woman?
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jan 31, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    NS, really? So he ran two terms as president and vice and you wrote him off......hmmm, but he is one of yours. Dedicated, corrupt, follows party lines like you, you should be proud! Brittany Murphy has nothing to do with the posted like told here. A lie is a lie and you are either accountable or just another liar. Please read down. I cannot hold you mouse and show you will he attacked her family, a very liberal thing to do. I hope you enjoyed you snow koolaid today. I am sure it was em em good!
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    OSOC: What does Edwards have to do with anything. We eliminated him before the convention. Why not mention those still in office? Ensign and Gov. Sanford? Both of us can come up with jerks, but that doesn't solve anything!
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    OSOC: Google Brittany Murphy sold more-you will get the info LM is talking about-I tried it. Where did LM attack Palin's family? You've never been able to find my references and now LM's. We're not here to do your homework.
  • by LM on Jan 31, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    OSOC please don't take me wrong on Palin.I am dying to see the a movie of her life.I loved the ole Riverboat Tammy classics.One of the best shots in the movie has to be when her water broke,dilated and her boarding a plane trying to make it home so her child will be born on non-patriotic AIP soil where she could see the enemy off the horizon.I couldn't imagine her having any other reason for jeopardizing the life of her unborn.To get real I can't imagine ANY REASON any mother would have done such a thing.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 31, 2010 at 04:53 AM
    LM, John Edwards is the best snake oil salesman in the country, or have you not noticed? Again, you stated a so called fact about Palin and gave no gaggle to where any magazine would turn her down. Then you attack Palins family...? Typical liberal hooey, no facts, speculate, create, but not facts to support a claim. I am guessing you are trying for a cabinet position with Obama? Sounds like you qualify. Just don't pay your taxes, thats a shoe in.
  • by LM on Jan 31, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    Anonymous,Jan 29,2010,03:00PM>Palin made money and lots of it,at least more than most people.Keep in mind the "book" can be gotten for 4.97 and is no more than an advertising gimmick.Many times in my life I have been in a rest room and noticed that someone had placed religious material on the toilet paper dispenser,the top of sinks,or urinals.Somehow,I feel it's demeaning to the subject matter involved. Would prefer to see Palin's book there.Not really,just kidding.But for those that want the book can get it real cheap at carnival,"GIVE AWAY PRICES" from newsmax.Just sign right up with a small donation and 4.97 and the book is on it's way.My point,without "backing" the cost of Palin's book would not be paying her grocery bills??.Palin's book is no more than PAID ADVERTIZING??Go google OSOC.Question for OSOC?Is John Edwards the King Mentor of Blue-Dog politics?I would title myself something besides blue"dog".Some dogs earn their crowns and wear it well others only the shoe that fits.
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