Emmy Award-winning anchor Dana King is preparing to bid farewell to Bay Area viewers after 15 years behind the CBS 5 news desk. She will sign off for the final time on Friday, December 7.
King announced the end of her 25-year broadcast career on Wednesday, citing her desire to pursue an art career. She has been working toward a Master’s Degree in classical sculpture from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University for the past few years.
“I am leaving the business to build my next life as an artist,” King said in a statement. “In order to do it right, I am making a commitment that requires a choice between continuing an already amazing career and starting a brand new one.”
“KPIX has been my second home. I am honored to have worked beside everyone here and to have had the privilege of serving the people of the Bay Area by reporting the news during these last 15 years of enormous change,” she added. “I will miss it all more than you know.”
Dan Rosenheim, Vice President and News Director of CBS 5 Eyewitness News, supported King’s decision in a statement released Wednesday.
“It’s been my privilege to work with Dana during 12 of her 15 years here. We will always be deeply appreciative of Dana’s contributions to CBS 5 and proud of her excellent service to the people of the Bay Area,” he said. “While Dana’s departure will leave us with big shoes to fill, we are fortunate to have a strong bench of news professionals who will do an excellent job of holding down the fort while we take the time we need to make a thoughtful decision about her successor.”