Elise Finch, an Emmy-winning meteorologist with WCBS in New York for 16 years, has died, the television network announced on Sunday. She was 51 years old.
Finch died at a local hospital; the cause of his death has not been determined, according to the WCBS statement.
“Elise has been a friend and team member of WCBS for 16 years,” the station said when announcing her death. “Elise was a gifted and accomplished professional who took great care of her work. She was also a wonderful ambassador in the community, including her hometown of Mount Vernon. Above all, Elise was a fiercely loving and devoted mother to her daughter Grace and wife of Graig Henriques, who is a photojournalist at WCBS.
Colleagues remembered Finch, who last appeared on the WCBS newscast Friday, July 14, as a beloved colleague and friend. “Elise was fiercely loyal to those she loved, a straight shooter, a consummate professional, and made me laugh until I cried,” Jessica Moore, WCBS Weekend Anchor, job on Twitter. “Most importantly, she was totally devoted to her family, especially her daughter Grace. I love you so much, my friend. Heaven now has an angel like no other.
Chris Wragge, WCBS presenter tweeted“My heart is broken. Our team will never be the same again. No one matched the musical spirit better. I will miss you very much.
Finch joined CBS New York’s weather team in April 2007. Previously, she was at NBC where she served as a weatherman for the “Early Today Show”, MSNBC and NBC Weather Plus. Prior to NBC, Finch was the weekend weather anchor at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona, and before that she was an anchor and reporter at the CBS and Fox affiliates in Youngstown, Ohio, and the ABC affiliate in Austin, Minn. . Finch began his television career backstage at E! Entertainment Television, where she served as production coordinator for special projects and live events.
Elise Dione Finch Henriques grew up in Mount Vernon, NY, and graduated from Mount Vernon High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, where she received one of the prestigious President’s Awards. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. Finch completed the Weather Broadcast Program at Mississippi State University and holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.
Pictured Above: Elise Finch attends the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon 100th Anniversary Gala at the Rye Town Hilton on March 24, 2012 in Rye Brook, NY
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