New York television meteorologist Elise Finch died over the weekend at the age of 51.
WCBS-TV released a statement last night that said, “It is with profound sadness that we share news of the passing of our beloved Elise Dione Finch Henriques. Elise has been a friend and team member at WCBS for 16 years. She first joined the team in 2007 as our weekend meteorologist and was most recently on the morning news with Mary Calvi and Chris Wragge. In September, Elise joined Cindy Hsu on the 9 am newscast. 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. She was our bright light in the morning. We had the great pleasure of working with Elise for 16 years. ”
WCBS-TV added that Elise was on the air on Friday but ended up in the hospital over the weekend where she died suddenly. A cause of death has not yet been published.
Finch earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University, where she received the prestigious President’s Award; she went on to earn a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 10 years, Graig Henriques, and her daughter, Grace.