Cheryl Mercedes

Cheryl Mercedes


Baton Rouge, La.

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.


  • UL Lafayette: M.S. Mass Communication
  • Southeastern Louisiana University: Broadcast Journalism
  • St. Francis Cabrini High School (New Orleans)

Recent Articles by Cheryl

Number of cases continues to rise in La. Hepatitis A outbreak

  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

  Will Sunshine Bridge be repaired on time? Contractor has history of delaying projects

  Group to launch new motorcycle awareness campaign in response to recent fatalities

  Sunshine Bridge closure takes toll on sugarcane farmers

  Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera named in defamation lawsuits

  Stolen Halloween decorations found at Kappa Sigma frat house on LSU campus

  Property tax up for renewal in Ascension Parish would continue to fund drainage work

  BRPD officer given shorter suspension after incident in which she violated policy

  Sunshine Bridge closure affecting Ascension Parish schools

  Deadly fire on River Road in Darrow

  Man wanted for allegedly fracturing man’s skull outside Gonzales daiquiri shop