Cheryl Mercedes is a former WAFB anchor and investigative reporter. She left the station in 2018 to join KHOU in Houston, Texas.
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.
Photos obtained by the WAFB 9News Investigators raise questions about an engineer with the state’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and whether he has too cozy of a relationship with a company that builds roads in Louisiana, including going with them on hunting and fishing trips.
Thirty-three Baton Rouge families will be spending Christmas wondering who murdered their loved one this year. BRPD Chief Murphy Paul says officers are working hard to close those cases, but they could really use some help from the public.
A woman who ran from police and U.S. marshals after being charged in a deadly motorcycle crash last week has surrendered. Ashley Seibers, 34, turned herself in at the Gonzales Police Department shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Doctors are urging patients to add the flu shot to their “to do” list this holiday season. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) made them available Thursday for free to make sure everyone is protected before winter.
Some residents in the City of Baker are frustrated after noticing their water bill suddenly went up last month. The city tacked on a small fee to make up for the hit their system took during the historic flooding of 2016, but not everyone is buying it.
Prominent Baton Rouge businessman, Jim Bernhard, has announced his company is willing to back the cost of building another bridge over the Mississippi River, but that traffic solution comes with a price that people in five parishes must be willing to pay.
Local experts in treating and preventing opioid abuse and addiction are putting together a battle plan to fight the epidemic. Doctors, police, social workers, and others have come up with some recommendations they believe will make an impact.
It’s an emergency surgery done at hospitals across the country daily, but when it’s done at sea, it brings on an entirely different set of challenges. A member of the U.S. Navy from the New Roads area learned that when he got sick at sea.
A lot of the signs the state put up on River Road in 2017 to raise cycling awareness along the road have been damaged or have disappeared. Cyclists say they play an important role in keeping them safe.
Governor John Bel Edwards called a news conference to alert Louisiana citizens about a crisis impacting the food supply of hundreds of thousands of people across the state. Food banks are running critically low. The governor has issued a statewide call to action to address the issue.
A former member of the LSU band has started an online petition to get the Golden Band from Tigerland to stop playing a specific song. The band played it repeatedly during overtime. Some fans describe it as “horrible, embarrassing, the worst sound known to man.”
The City of Gonzales could be on the brink of getting a new conference center. The mayor is asking voters to approve a 2 percent hotel sales tax to pay for it, but one local group claims it’s bad for business.
There’s a huge renovation underway near downtown Baton Rouge that promises to bring non-stop entertainment to the center of the city. It’s happening inside what many people remember as “the old Entergy building” on Government Street near the railroad tracks.
Four teens have been arrested and more are being investigated for making alleged threats against middle and high schools across Louisiana. In the last 24 hours, law enforcement responded to calls in Ascension, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, and Grant parishes.
The 9News Investigators have obtained video surveillance that shows a south Louisiana police chief punching a man outside of a bar, then throwing a woman to the ground. Now, that same chief in Golden Meadow is accused of trying to cover it up.
The company assigned to repair the Sunshine Bridge has a history of failing to meet deadlines on state highway construction contracts. Since 2012, Coastal Bridge Co. has fallen behind on 24 separate projects, netting late fees totaling more than $750,000.
Some members of an LSU fraternity could be in hot water after a few Baton Rouge homeowners reported their Halloween decorations went missing. One homeowner says he found his at the Kappa Sigma Fraternity house; another says campus police found hers there too.
The closure of the Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River has resulted in schedule changes for some students and staff in the Ascension Parish School System (APSS). Leaders have come up with a plan they hope will lessen the impact.