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Dana King leaving CBS5 on Friday

Dana King

After 15 years at KPIX and 25 in TV news, Dana King is leaving the anchor desk on Friday to pursue a career in art, though SF media blogger Rich Liberman says she was cut because she was making too much money — $800,000 a year.

Here’s what King is saying, according to the CBS news release: “I am leaving the business to build my next life as an artist,” said King, who a few years ago began working toward earning a Master’s Degree in classical sculpture from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. “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. I will miss it all more than you know.”

Her last newscast will be at 11 p.m. Friday.

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