Sarah Palin will join FOX News as a contributor

WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will join FOX News as a contributor, the network confirmed Monday.

Palin is expected to provide political commentary and analysis for a number of FOX properties, including Fox News Channel, FOX Business Network, FOXNews.com and special event political programming for FOX Broadcasting.

In a statement provided by FOX, Palin said she was "thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at FOX News. It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news."

While Fox proclaims itself "fair and balanced" in its marketing, independent analysts say its news shows often have a decided conservative ideological tilt.

The network didn't disclose how much the multi-year deal is worth.

Palin also will host periodic episodes of the cable news channel's "Real American Stories," a new series that the network describes as "exploring inspirational real-life tales of overcoming adversity throughout the American landscape."

The series is expected to debut this year. It will be produced from New York, meaning Palin will be spending much of her time on the East Coast.

Palin has "captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum," and is expected to add a "dynamic voice" to the FOX lineup, said Bill Shine, the cable network's executive vice president for programming.

Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue," has been a best-seller since its Nov. 17 release. She stepped down as Alaska governor in July.