Janine Skorsky was a reporter for The Washington Herald, before leaving to join Slugline after being convinced by Zoe Barnes.
As a result of her extensive gathered evidence regarding Peter Russo's manner of death and the murdering of Zoe Barnes that ensued, Janine is quick to drop her personal investigation in fear that an extremely reputable Frank Underwood--having a lot to lose--will not hesitate to pursue and eliminate her to protect himself. She dismisses her journalism duties at Slugline and flees to the state of New York and takes up teaching at the college level--parting with Goodwin and apologizing for life being unfair and for Zoe's death.
In February 2014, after making contact with a hacker named HEROnymous Bot with a view of hacking into AT&T's network in order to retrieve phone records that would prove Underwood's involvement in Barnes' death, Goodwin shows up in Ithaca to inform Skorsky on the latest developments, hoping to get her to jump back into nabbing Underwood by seeking her help in piecing a timeline and tracking events once he gets the phone records. However, still spooked by the events of a few months ago, Skorsky rejects him, saying she wants to be with her aging mother.
Even more so and despite knowing the truth, in an attempt to protect herself at a distance, she signs an affidavit that renders Lucas Goodwin's credibility when he is arrested.