Friday, March 20, 2009

Cherie Bank Steps Down

You may have heard the news yesterday that NBC 10's Cherie Bank has made the decision to step down from her post as the station's health/medical reporter for "HealthWatch" at the young age of 58.
Cherie has been fighting myopic degeneration the past 17 months or so and had to make the difficult admission that she can no longer do her job. She was last on-air in October 2007.
Bank created a name for herself at Channel 10 as an anchor and reporter, way before her medical reporting beat. She fell in line with the long line of female anchors at Channel 10 who came and went. Doreen Gentzler, Stephanie Stahl, Deborah Knapp, Kasey Kaufman and Jane Robelot. It was in 1983, however, that she built a niche for herself with "HealthWatch".
Bank joined Channel 10, a CBS affiliate--in 1979 from St. Louis where she co-anchored the evening news. Once here, Bank co-anchored "10 Around Town" with colleague Steve Levy. The show was a lifestyles/entertainment type show that earned a #1 spot in the ratings and something of a rarity these days, "LOCAL PROGRAMMING". She was an active participant of the now-defunct "NBC 10 Fit Fest" held each year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a symposium of health-related information booths sponsored by the station. She earned numerous Emmy awards for her medical reporting and even appeared on NBC's "Today" and "The Montel Williams Show". TV follower/columnist Laura Nachman wrote in December 2002 that Bank was favored 44% as the area's favorite medical reporter over WPVI's Anita Brikman or Dr. Dorian Schneider.
Bank continues to live in the burbs with her daughter, Emily.

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