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Splitting up: NBC5 and consumer-investigative reporter Deanna Dewberry (updated)

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High profile consumer-investigative reporter Deanna Dewberry and Fort Worth-based NBC5 are parting ways, sources confirm.

News director Mark Ginther informed staffers on Monday that her last day will be Friday of this week. The announcement reportedly came as a surprise.

In his memo, Ginther said that Dewberry is “passionate about consumer reporting,” but likewise is “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.”

Ginther said that station management “warmly wish her well as she pursues what is best for her growing family.”

Dewberry and her husband, Gary, have three children.

She so far has not returned a message asking for comment. The 1992 University of Texas at Austin graduate joined NBC5 in October 2012 from CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where she had worked since 2005 after spending seven years as an anchor/reporter for WFAA-TV (now TEGNA8) and the now defunct, Dallas-based Texas Cable News Network. She is a survivor of leukemia and two bouts with breast cancer, the most recent in 2011.

Dewberry lately has been part of the NBC5 Responds team and is an 11-time Emmy winner, according to her station bio.

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