Lolita Lopez Leaves WPIX, New York for California

Versatile WPIX on-air talent Lolita Lopez has left Channel 11. She told her Facebook followers this morning: “As you might have guessed after 10+ years I have left PIX and NY for sunny CA. My heart is heavy but full and excited for a new adventure!”

A WPIX spokeswoman confirms that Lopez is moving to Los Angeles for a “job opportunity.”

Lopez joined WPIX in 2001 as a general assignment reporter. Her biggest splash came in 2005 when she moved to the sports division, initially as weekend anchor. Ultimately, Lopez would be named the main sports anchor, giving viewers “Lolita’s Lineup” nightly.

By March 2011, though, Lopez’s career at WPIX had come full circle, with the station’s decision to dismantle the entire sports department, she again became a news reporter.

A two-time Emmy winner for her sports work, Lopez sought to be released early from her contract, according to the Daily News.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Lopez for comment.