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Former NBC5 consumer investigator Deanna Dewberry and growing family relocate to snowy clime


Let it snow: Former NBC5 consumer investigator Deanna Dewberry says her family’s two newest adoptees, Narajah and Kavion, have very quickly adapted to their new home. Photo: Deanna Dewberry

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Here’s a heart-warmer. After a nine-and-a-half month search, former NBC5 consumer investigator Deanna Dewberry has relocated to the snowier and considerably colder climes of Rochester, NY’s WHEC-TV.

She did not travel alone. Dewberry and her husband also were accompanied by their three children (two of them adopted last year from foster care) and Dewberry’s parents, for whom she’s caring. Starting on March 27th, she’ll be an anchor and investigative reporter for WHEC, the market’s NBC affiliate station. The Dewberrys’ first child, a son, was adopted 14 years ago.

“Lots of reasons why I decided on this gig, not the least of which is the extraordinarily family-friendly station and city,” Dewberry said in a message to unclebarky.com. “I wanted the best place for them that allowed me to do what I love. And this is it. But I’ll tell you, moving seven people and two dogs 1,400 miles is no joke.”

Dewberry said her parents likewise are “excited about experiencing the Northeast, an area they’ve never seen. The cold was a bit of a shock, but my kids love the snow.”

Dewberry had been prominently featured at NBC5 during her nearly four-year tenure at the station. But she left in June 2016, surprising many of her colleagues.

In a memo at the time to NBC5 staffers, vice president of news Mark Ginther said that Dewberry “is passionate about consumer reporting,” but also “passionate about anchoring. And we’ve allowed her to pursue such a job . . . Her hard work and commitment to consumer issues has educated our viewers, helped shape new legislation and helped us toward our goal of becoming the consumer leader in our market.”

The 1992 University of Texas at Austin graduate had joined NBC5 from CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis. She had been at that station for seven years after likewise spending seven years as an anchor/reporter for WFAA-TV (Now TEGNA8) and the since scraped, Dallas-based Texas Cable News Network.

Dewberry obviously is a person of considerable fortitude and determination, having survived both leukemia and two bouts with breast cancer, the most recent in 2011.

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