Deanna Dewberry, the consumer reporter frequently featured in promos on NBC 5, will not be with the station much longer, local-TV blogger Ed Bark reports on his Uncle Barky’s Bytes site. The station has confirmed the report.
Citing a memo from news director Mark Ginther, Bark reports that Dewberry’s last day will be Friday. The memo indicates that she has an anchoring opportunity elsewhere, but doesn’t disclose the station or market.
“While she is passionate about consumer reporting, she is also passionate about anchoring, and we’re allowing her to pursue such a job,” says the memo, which the station later forwarded to DFW.com. “Deanna has been a great asset to our team, earning seven Emmy awards along the way. 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.”
Dewberry has won 11 Emmys overall, including three from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy Awards as well as her Lone Star Emmys.
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Dewberry joined the station in 2012, when NBC 5 announced that she would be its new consumer/investigative reporter and would anchore the 6:30 p.m. newscast on digital subchannel 5.2. She’d previously done stints at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Little Rock, Lubbock and even DFW, where she had worked at TXCN and WFAA/Channel 8. She is a UT-Austin grad and has won 11 regional Emmys in various markets.
According to her station bio, she is a three-time cancer survivor and “is heavily involved in activities that enrich the lives of cancer survivors and promote research.” The Cancer Support Community North Texas honored her with its “Community in Action” award at its “Thrive 2016” event in April in Plano, according to Plano Profile. Ginther’s memo says that she hosted Warren Buffett at the Nebraska Furniture Mart opening benefiting CSCNTX.
Here she is in a promo from 2012.