Fiona Gorostiza, who started at KDFW/Channel 4 five years ago as a weatherforecaster and morphed into a feature reporter willing to do almost anything, is leaving the station, local-TV blogger Ed Bark reports.
A Fox spokeswoman confirmed Gorostizas departure to DFW.com, and says that the parting is amicable. Gorostiza will be with the station till the end of December. The station will do an on-air going-away tribute on a date to be announced.
Gorostiza, best-known for her intrepid Fun With Fiona segments on Fox 4s Good Day, was among the personalities featured in Wakeup callers, DFW.coms August 2012 story about morning-news crews in DFW. She also did the Odd Jobs segment, earning the nickname Fearless Fiona at the station for her adventurous nature.
She has flown with a stunt pilot, and done even scarier stuff than that -- such as cleaning diapers for a dirty-diaper service -- for the sake of a story. She has told us that shes game for just about anything but feeding sharks or eating weird Fear Factor-style food.
"I get to do all that fun stuff," Gorostiza told us. "I [sometimes] realize how ridiculous it would sound if I were to recap my day. I never thought I'd be saying, 'Well, I had to be at the circus at 9 a.m. to do this crossbow thing, and then I met with a stunt pilot and then I went back to the station.' " (Read about her morning routine here.)
Gorostiza also talked about her love of ballroom dancing in our July 2011 Secret lives of anchors story, in which she said that she began dancing for a charity event and liked it so much that she kept at it (she and Fox 4 consumer reporter Steve Noviello danced -- not with each other -- at Dancing for the Cure this summer).
As Bark notes, she also auditioned (for a story) for Foxs So You Think You Can Dance during one of its Dallas casting calls, which didnt go over as well.
"I didn't know that the So You Think You Can Dance audition would be in front of actual dancers," she told us in 2011. "I thought it would be a little room where you walk in, and it may just be the judges, and it may be some other people, and you just do your thing. I didn't realize it would be at SMU and they'd use the entire theater. I was so embarrassed. But luckily, they clapped and they laughed along."
Gorostiza has not yet responded to a Facebook email seeking comment, but told Bark on Wednesday that she could not comment yet.
Bark also reports that WFAA/Channel 8 reporter Monika Diaz is leaving the station after six years with Channel 8. Diaz told Bark that she is returing home to Miami to help care for her ailing stepfather. Her latest story was on the opening celebration for the Seventh Street bridge in Fort Worth. Watch it here.