Cheryl Mercedes

Cheryl was born and raised in the New Orleans area. She grew up watching local news with her family every evening and knew at a very young age that she would become a journalist. She graduated from St. Francis Cabrini High School, where she won her first journalism award for her work as yearbook editor. She went on to study broadcast journalism at Southeastern Louisiana University. After earning her Bachelor's degree there, she went on to pursue a Master's Degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

While attending graduate school, Cheryl landed her first television reporting job at Lafayette CBS affiliate, KLFY-TV. She spent three years there before moving to Baton Rouge and accepting a job at WAFB-TV in 2006.

Cheryl has covered several major breaking news stories that have made national headlines including the ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and the murder trials of Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Her six-month investigation of unsafe and unsanitary conditions at a local government-run apartment complex earning her an Emmy. Cheryl has also covered several major hurricanes to hit the Gulf Coast including Hurricane Katrina. Cheryl also traveled to Miami to cover the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.

When Cheryl is not chasing down the latest news tip, you'll likely find her running around the LSU Lakes, biking River Road or swimming laps at a local pool. As a triathlete, Cheryl has successfully raced Ironman Texas, Ironman New Orleans and Ironman Augusta. Her podium finishes at local races earned her spots at national championships in Omaha, NE and Cleveland, Ohio.

Cheryl is married to a news photographer. Together they have two beagles, a cat and a Sonoran boa constrictor.


Recent Articles by Cheryl

  Number of Hepatitis A cases in La. up to 49

DOTD engineer may have questionably close relationship with owner of company repairing Sunshine Bridge

BRPD chief calls on community to speak up about unsolved murders

Woman charged in deadly drunk driving crash surrenders

Former Gonzales Police Chief Pete Bourque dies at 84

Crawfish make early appearance at Ascension Parish restaurants

Doctors across La. urge everyone to get their flu shot

New water usage fee hits 3,000 in Baker

Baton Rouge businessman agrees to back funding for Capital Expressway

EBR leaders release community-wide response to opioid epidemic

U.S. Marine surgical team saves Navy sailor’s life at sea

Damaged, missing cycling awareness signs to be replaced

Gov. Edwards calls on citizens to help fill critical need at food banks

Golden Band alumni petition LSU band director to stop playing ‘Red Zone’

Hotel lodging group takes stance against proposed Gonzales hotel tax

What is and isn’t OK to feed your pets during your Thanksgiving feast

Southern University students experience dangers of smartphone use while driving

$6M entertainment district ‘Electric Depot’ under construction in Mid City

Four teens arrested after allegedly making threats at schools

Golden Meadow police chief accused of punching man, trying to cover it up