This has to be a blow to Channel 13 right before the November sweeps, which begin on Thursday.
One of its best young reporters, Bridget Cannata, has quit the station in the middle of her contract. She had been with the station since July of 2006. (Check out our blog from last week, when we reported some of Channel 13's new hires.)
Cannata could not be reached for comment, but Steve Charlier, the station's vice president for news, says she left to be closer to her family in San Francisco.
"She's a loss for us," Charlier says. "We thought the world of Bridget."
Cannata, you may recall, was the reporter who gave Channel 13 its biggest scoop during last November's sweeps when she used her BlackBerry to text message the verdict in the Mario Garcia murder case from the courtroom, where cameras were not allowed.