Elise Finch, CBS New York Meteorologist, Dead At 51

Elise Finch, a New York-based Meteorologist, has died at the age of 51. Finch’s employer, CBS News, revealed this tragic turn of events on July 16, 2023. “It is with profound sadness that we share news of the passing of our beloved Elise Dione Finch Henriques,” read a statement from the CBS News Team.

“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.” They also praised Finch’s dedication, stating that “she took great care of her work.”

According to Variety, Finch earned an Emmy Award for her meteorology broadcasts. Previously, Finch also held positions at other notable news outlets, such as Fox and E! News, per her CBS profile. Before that, Finch excelled in school. While attending Syracuse University, she received a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. At this time, Finch’s cause of death has yet to be revealed. However, Finch died after receiving medical attention for an unknown illness, per the New York Post. Finch leaves behind her husband and child.

Elise Finch left a long-lasting impact on those around her

Elise Finch’s husband, Graig Henriques — also employed by CBS as a photojournalist — has not yet posted a statement about her passing. However, Finch’s friends, co-workers, and viewership have posted touching tributes to the late meteorologist, proving how deeply she impacted everyone she crossed paths with. CBS News Reporter Tony Aiello tweeted, “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.”

On Monday morning, CBS News posted a compilation of Finch’s funniest moments, highlighting her amazing sense of humor. Cindy Hsu opened the video with a somber quote from Katelyn Spotten. “The loss of a loved one doesn’t mean they’re gone. Their spirit still lives with us,” she said. “Every time you think about the memories and interactions with her, you just smile.” John Elliott responded, “I also think it was inspired to incorporate the music. The music helped so much this morning.” He added, “In this profound sadness, you’re still moved by the music because you know how much it meant to her. And how much Janet Jackson could just totally change her day.” Fittingly, a past clip of Finch’s young daughter wishing her a happy birthday kicked off the video. “Happy Birthday,” she said. “I hope you have a good, good, good, good day.”