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Henderson leaving Good Day, heading West (updated)

As anticipated, Megan Henderson is leaving Dallas-based Fox4's Good Day to take a position at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

Her last day as the show's co-anchor will be Friday, Henderson said in an email to unclebarky.com Monday morning.

"This was, hands down, the toughest professional decision I have ever made," Henderson said. "Leaving behind friends/colleagues you love and respect is never easy. I cannot say enough good things about my experience at Fox4, or about this wonderful community. I am beyond grateful for my time here. North Texas will always be my second home."

Henderson, who grew up in San Clemente, CA, will be a morning anchor/reporter at KTLA, which is owned by Tribune.

"I hope it's a good move. I'm giving up so many wonderful things here," she said. "But I just couldn't turn down the chance to be closer to my family. These types of opportunities don't come around very often in L.A. I am absolutely thrilled to be going to the station I grew up watching . . . It really is a dream come true for me in many ways."

Henderson joined Fox4 as Good Day anchor in August 2003, teaming with incumbent Tim Ryan, who remains.

No replacement for Henderson has been named yet, and Fox4 news director Maria Barrs has not returned phone calls asking for comment. Fox4 comfortably won the 6 a.m. early morning ratings in the November sweeps, but lately has been battling with NBC5 for the top spot. That station's team of Brendan Higgins and Deborah Ferguson will easily be the longest-standing early morning anchor duo in D-FW.

WFAA8, currently in third place, has a new anchor, Chris Flanagan, arriving from a Des Moines, Iowa station early next month.