Fond Farewell: Remembering Elise Finch, A Beloved Colleague


Fond Farewell: Remembering Elise Finch, A Beloved Colleague

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our cherished friend and team member, Elise Dione Finch Henriques. For 16 years, Elise graced WCBS with her presence, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew her.


Elise joined our team in 2007 as the weekend meteorologist, and her talent and dedication soon led her to become an integral part of our morning news with Mary Calvi and Chris Wragge. More recently, she delighted viewers alongside Cindy Hsu on the 9 a.m. newscast, bringing her radiant energy to each broadcast.


Beyond her professional prowess, Elise was a beloved figure in the community, especially in her hometown of Mount Vernon. Her warm and engaging presence touched the lives of many, and she took great pride in representing her roots with grace and authenticity.


As our bright morning light, Elise's enthusiasm for her work was truly infectious. Rain or shine, she fearlessly reported on major weather events, often braving the elements to keep our audience informed.


Her accolades were well-deserved, as Elise was a multiple award-winner in her field. A Mount Vernon High School alumna, she also graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, where she earned the prestigious President's Award. Her pursuit of excellence continued with a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University.


Elise's passion for the entertainment industry, particularly the music world, was palpable. As a self-professed superfan of Janet Jackson, she conducted unforgettable interviews with her favorite singers, captivating audiences with her genuine admiration.


Beyond her professional accomplishments, Elise found love with her soulmate, Graig Henriques, whom she met at CBS New York. Their joyous union in a beautiful wedding ceremony at Untermyer Gardens almost a decade ago was a cherished moment for all who knew her. Elise and Graig were blessed with a beautiful daughter named Grace, and the stories she shared about motherhood were a testament to her loving and nurturing spirit.


Elise's untimely passing has left us all in shock and sorrow, trying to make sense of how such a vibrant soul could leave us so soon. Her dedication to her craft and her infectious smile will forever be etched in our hearts.


Elise passed away at a local hospital, and the cause of her death remains unknown. As we mourn her loss, we celebrate the joy, warmth, and inspiration she brought into our lives every day. Elise Finch, forever in our hearts, forever remembered.

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