Charlotte Fadipe, one of Channel 13's most-experienced reporters with nine years at the station, is leaving at the end of the July when her contract expires.
A former British Broadcasting Company (BBC) reporter who was educated at Oxford and earned a master's degree in communication at UC Berkeley, Fadipe was known for her lilting English accent and her versatility in reporting everything from crime to politics to features.
Fadipe would not say why the station declined to renew her contract. Steve Charlier, vice president for news at channels 13 and 31, would not comment on Fadipe's departure, other than saying, "I believe she wanted to get out of TV news."
"There are some new opportunities out there for me, and I'm excited," Fadipe says. "I think it might turn out to be the best thing for me."
For the time being, Fadipe will stay in the Sacramento area, where she owns a house. She is not immediately looking for another TV reporting job, she adds, saying, "I've got roots here, especially in the African American community. There has been some interest elsewhere in the media field."
Fadipe is the only African American reporter at Channel 13 (Courtney Dempsey is a traffic reporter at sister station Channel 31 and Ron Jones is a weekend anchor), and one of the few in the Sacramento market.