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WCVB anchor Heather Unruh is leaving the station

Heather Unruh, second from right, at a holiday party for charity in 2015. bill brett for the boston globe/ file

Longtime Channel 5 reporter/anchor Heather Unruh is leaving.

In a terse statement to station employees Friday, WCVB-TV president and general manager Bill Fine said Unruh has decided to call it quits after 15 years.

“[News director] Andrew [Vrees] and I want to sincerely thank Heather for her many contributions to WCVB, and the Boston community where she often offered her talents as an MC to raise money for some great non-profits,” Fine wrote. “We wish her all the best.”

Unruh’s exit seemed inevitable after Maria Stephanos joined the station earlier this year, taking over as co-anchor of the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Unruh has been co-anchoring the 4:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts.


Before Fine’s memo went out at 9 a.m., Unruh tweeted this:

And after her departure was announced, Unruh tweeted this: