Dr. Sandy Goldberg, who has been a regular contributor to WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 newscasts since 1994 signed off from the station this weekend.
She said she has left the station to spend more time focusing on her full-time role as Chairperson of A Silver Lining Foundation, which she founded in January 2002.
For the past 21 years, Goldberg had been seen almost every weekend, and often once during the week, delivering her "Food For Thought" segment.
For much of her life, Goldberg was a clinical nutritionist, working one-on-one with patients, specializing in nutrition counseling and the treatment of eating disorders.
13 years ago, she started A Silver Lining Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides cancer resource information, quality of life services, and cost-free screening mammograms to uninsured and under-insured individuals in the Chicagoland area.
Frank Whittaker WMAQ Station Manager and Vice President of News, informed the staff of Dr. Goldberg's decision to leave in an internal memo:
"After 21 years of getting up before dawn to be part of our Saturday and Sunday newscasts, Dr. Sandy Goldberg is going to be ending her weekly segments. She wants to focus her full time and energy on the growing mission of the organization she founded, A Silver Lining Foundation.
Silver Lining has grown tremendously since Dr. Sandy started it in 2002. The foundation provides cancer education and services to those who might not otherwise have access. The mission has grown substantially over the years, and so has the outreach of Silver Lining. Dr. Sandy's passion drives it all -- and the organization requires her full attention.
Dr. Sandy has been one of NBC 5's biggest cheerleaders, and has made hundreds of appearances on behalf of the station. She won an Emmy for telling her own story of her battle against breast cancer. She is planning to keep her connection to us, even as she devotes more time to Silver Lining.
Sandy's last day on our air will be Sunday May 31st. A big thank you to Sandy for her years of service to us, and best wishes for the continued success of A Silver Lining Foundation."