NESN broadcast reporter Heidi Watney, who has been covering the Red Sox since 2008, is leaving the network to return to her California roots, taking a job with Time Warner to be a sideline reporter on Lakers telecasts, according to several sources.
The popular host of "The Red Sox Report" and on-field reporter had followed fan favorites Hazel Mae and Tina Cervasio with NESN.
Watney worked for a television station in Fresno, Calif., before coming to Boston. She had attended the University of San Diego and is a former first runner-up in the Miss California pageant.
No word on who might replace Watney at NESN.