CBS’s New York affiliate WCBS-TV paid tribute to Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Elise Finch, who passed away at age 51 on Sunday (July 16).
The network announced that Finch had died at a local hospital; The cause of death has yet to be determined.
“Elise has been a friend and team member at WCBS for 16 years,” the station said in a lengthy statement shared on its page. website.
“Her death was sudden and unexpected, leaving us all trying to understand why this was possible for our beautiful Elise, who was only 51 years old.”
It added about the broadcaster: “Elise is a talented and accomplished professional who takes great care of her job. She is also a great ambassador in the community, including her hometown of Mount Vernon. Above all, Elise is a loving and devoted mother to her daughter Grace and the wife of Graig Henriques, a photojournalist at WCBS.”
“Truly, every day is a good day when we are with Elise, and we will miss her so much,” the statement concluded.
On Twitter, Finch’s colleagues also remembered their colleague, who last appeared on Friday (July 14).
Jessica Moore, host of the weekend evening show on WCBS, writes: “Elise is so loyal to the people she loves, an outspoken shooter, a brilliant professional, and made me laugh until I did. cry. “But most of all, she is devoted to her family, especially her daughter Grace. I love you so much my friend. Heaven now has an angel like no other.”
WCBS host Chris Wragge tweeted: “My heart is broken. Our team will never be the same. No one matches musical intelligence better. I will miss you very much.”
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and colleague @EliseFinch. She is the best. A caring soul,” wrote Otis Livingston, WCBS-TV sports director.
“We just talked a few weeks ago about [her] my beautiful daughter Grace and my new grandson. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, who loved her so much,” Livingston added.
Finch has won two Emmy Awards in her career – once in 2018 and a second in 2019 – for her work on WCBS-TV.
She joined the channel in 2007 as a weekend meteorologist and later became a member of the weekday morning news team along with co-curators Mary Calvi and Chris Wragge. In September, she joined Cindy Hsu on the 9 a.m. news.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and went on to earn a Master of Science in television journalism from Syracuse University.
Follow her station biography, she has previously worked as a presenter and reporter at various CBS, FOX, and ABC affiliates. She is also a meteorologist for NBC’s Early program todayMSNBC and NBC Weather Plus.