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Cheryl Mercedes


New Orleans, Louisiana

Arrived in Baton Rouge: August 2006. Before I moved here I reported and anchored at KLFY TV in Lafayette, La. for three years, and wrote for LifeStyle Lafayette and The Independent.

Education: M.S. Mass Communication University of Louisiana - Lafayette; B.A. Mass Communication Southeastern Louisiana University, Magna Cum Laude; St. Francis Cabrini High School, New Orleans.

Awards and Accomplishments:  Louisiana Associated Press - Reporter of the Year (2004); 3rd Place Reporter of the Year (2008); 1st place Spot News (2008); 1st Place Investigative Reporting (2005); 2nd Place Investigative Reporting (2008); 2nd Place Feature (2005); 3rd Place Continuing Coverage (2004). Women in Media - Broadcast Award of Excellence (2011). Outstanding Communication Graduate - SLU 1999; Green "S" Award - SLU 1998; 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Family Info: Married to 9News photographer. Father is German; Mother is from Nicaragua. I speak Spanish fluently.

Community Involvement: FBI Citizens' Academy Alumni; Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentor; Salvation Army; Mothers Against Drunk Driving Advisory Panel; Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency; Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Hobbies: Working out, Latin dancing, cooking, and running circles around my Greyhound/Catahoula mix - Caddy; two Beagles - Sassi and Motley; and cat - Ese'.

Big Stories Covered: Derrick Todd Lee; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav; The Movers Investigation; Louisiana Technical Collage classroom shooting; BCS Championship games (2007, 2012). Super Bowl XLIV; Mickey Shunick disappearance and murder investigation.

Favorite Quote: "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring." - St. Catherine of Siena


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