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WCBS-TV Meteorologist Elise Finch Passes Away At 51

Elise Finch, an Emmy-winning meteorologist with WCBS in New York for 16 years, died on Sunday with the television network recently confirming. She was 51 years old. According to WCBS, Finch died at a local hospital and the reason of her death has not been confirmed.

What was Elise Finch’s legacy in television?

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Elise began her television career working behind the scenes at E! Entertainment Television as a production coordinator for special projects and live events. Afterwards she joined as a reporter at the ABC affiliate in Austin, Minn and the CBS and Fox affiliates in Ohio. Working her way up, she became a weekend weather anchor at the CBS affiliate in Arizona prior to joining NBC. At NBC she served as a meteorologist for the Early Today Show by MSNBC and NBC Weather Plus. Finally she joined the CBS New York weather team in 2007 in the month of April, and found a family there. Finch’s legacy is one of warmth, compassion, and dedication to her craft. She was a beloved member of the WCBS-TV family, and her loss will be felt deeply by all who knew her.

“My heart is broken. Our team will never be the same. No one matched musical wits better. I’ll miss you much.”

WCBS anchor Chris Wragge on Twitter

What are some tributes that poured in after Elise Finch’s passing?

Many tributes started showing up in the form of social media messages and released statements for Elise after her passing was announced. Finch last appeared on WCBS’s newscast on July 14 and Colleagues remembered her as a loving person and a great friend. A weekend evening anchor on WCBS, Jessica Moore, posted this tribute on Twitter: “Elise was fiercely loyal to those she loved, a straight shooter, a consummate professional, and made me laugh until I cried. But above all she was completely devoted to her family, especially her daughter Grace. I love you so much, my friend. Heaven now has an angel like no other.”

Source: CBS News

WCBS released an official statement confirming Finch’s death and praising who she was recently. “Elise has been a friend and team member at WCBS for 16 years,” the station added. “Elise was a gifted and consummate professional who took great care with 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 to Graig Henriques, who is a photojournalist at WCBS.”