Syracuse University alumna, NY TV meteorologist Elise Finch dies at 51

Elise Finch

Elise Finch, a meteorologist at CBS News New York, died at the age of 51, the station announced July 16, 2023.

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CBS New York is mourning the death of meteorologist Elise Finch, a Syracuse University alumna and a 16-year member of its television news team.

The station, WCBS on Channel 2, announced her death Sunday evening. She died at a local hospital and the station said her cause of death had not been determined.

She was 51.

“It is with profound sadness that we share news of the passing of our beloved Elise Dione Finch Henriques,” the station said in a news announcement on its website.

“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 9am newscast,” the announcement said.

The announcement said Elise was a gifted and consummate professional and a wonderful ambassador in the community, including her hometown of Mount Vernon, New York.

Finch is survived by her husband, Graig Henriques, who is a photojournalist at WCBS, and her daughter Grace.

Before working for CBS, Finch was on NBC, where she was a meteorologist for the “Early Today Show,” as well as on MSNBC and NBC Weather Plus, her CBS biography says.

She also worked as a weekend weather anchor at network affiliate stations in Phoenix, Youngstown, Ohio, and Austin, Minnesota. She started her career behind the scenes at E! Entertainment Television, her biography says.

Finch earned her bachelor’s degree in science from Georgetown University and a master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University.

Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com

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