Elise Finch

CBS New York Meteorologist Elise Finch Dead at 51

Who was CBS New York Meteorologist Elise Finch

Elise Finch was an American award-winning meteorologist for CBS New York. She worked as the morning meteorologist for WCBS-TV for the past 16 years. Elise joined WCBS-TV in 2007 as a weekend meteorologist and later became a morning meteorologist working alongside the morning news team.

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She was part of the news team alongside co-anchors Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi.  From September 2022, Elise worked alongside Cindy Hsu on the morning newscast at 9 am. Her last time on air was on Friday which still shocks her colleagues.

Before joining WCBS-TV, Elise worked at MSNBC, Early Today Show at NBC, and NBC Weather Plus. She also worked at various affiliates for FOX, ABC, and CBS as an anchor and reporter.

Where was Elise Finch born?

Elise Dione Finch Henriques was born and raised by her parents James Finch Jr. and Charlette Finch in Mount Vernon, New York. She was raised alongside her sister Kiya. 

Elise went to Mount Vernon High School in her hometown. She graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of science degree and from Syracuse University with a master of science degree in broadcast journalism. She also holds a seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.

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Was Elise Finch Married?

Finch was married to her lovely husband Graig Henriques in 2013 at a ceremonious wedding at Untermyer Gardens. Finch and Graig met at CBS New York where he worked as a photojournalist. The couple had one daughter called Grace.

What was Elise Finch’s Cause of Death?

CBS New York and Finch’s family announced her sudden death on 16 July 2023. She died at a local hospital; her cause of death has not yet been determined. In a statement, CBS New York said;

“She was our bright light in the morning. We had the great pleasure of working with Elise for 16 years.

Elise was on the air with us just this past Friday. Her death is sudden and unexpected, leaving us all trying to understand how this could happen to our beautiful Elise, who was just 51 years old.

Her dedication to the job was truly evident every day. Every major weather event, Elise reported on – many in the elements.”

Her station reminded us of their great colleague saying;

“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.”

Tributes for Elise from her colleagues to her fans began pouring on social media. WCBS-TV morning co-anchor Wragge wrote; “My heart is broken. Our team will never be the same. No one matched musical wits better. I’ll miss you much,”

WCBS-TV sports director Otis Livingston commented that;

“I am so devastated to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague @EliseFinch. She was the best. A caring soul. We were just speaking a few weeks ago about [her] beautiful daughter Grace and my new Grandson. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends that loved her so much,”

WCBS-TV reporter Tony Aiello tweeted that; “Elise Finch loved music. The song of her life deserved many more verses. Her gifts were many, and so too the lives she touched. My deepest condolences to Graig and little Grace, her parents and sister, and all our CBS2 family.”

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