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Cheryl Preheim

Anchor for 11Alive, WXIA in Atlanta
Credit: WXIA - Courtney Greer

Cheryl Preheim is a weekday morning anchor on 11Alive Morning News and a mother of four. “We love raising our kids here; and it’s an honor to work at a station committed to telling meaningful and important stories in Metro Atlanta and beyond," says Preheim.

Cheryl has been part of the NBC family for two decades. She joined the WXIA family in 2016 after working at TEGNA's sister station in Denver, KUSA.

Cheryl has been honored with the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow award three times for individual work; and twice for her part in team coverage.

She’s been awarded 18 Emmy Awards, including Emmy Awards for the Southeast’s Best Anchor 4 consecutive years: 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2021 she was awarded an Emmy for anchoring breaking news coverage of the Newnan Tornado.  She’s also won Emmys for in-depth news coverage, breaking news reporting, feature reporting, writing, and for a half-hour documentary about a service trip to Haiti with former President and First Lady Jimmy and Roselyn Carter. Cheryl wrote and produced the special, "From Haiti to Home." She lived in Haiti with her family when she was young.

Cheryl says in-depth interviews with the late Congressman John Lewis, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, Former President Carter, and virtuoso violinist Izhak Perlman are among her most memorable.

The Olympics have been a favorite assignment for Cheryl.

Cheryl covered 6 Olympics Games: London, England; Sochi, Russia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and PyeongChang, South Korea, Tokyo Japan, and Beijing, China. She says she's loved the opportunity to get share the stories of many team USA athletes. She's closely followed the journeys of Olympians like 4-time Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor from Douglasville, 5-time gold-medal swimmer and UGA student Missy Franklin, and gold-medalist and World Cup Champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

Outside of work, Cheryl loves to spend time with her husband and their four children.

Cheryl and her family work closely with organizations helping children with medical challenges. Her son, Joshua, had an unexpected open-heart surgery when he was 7 years old. A few weeks after surgery, her youngest child was born at Children's Hospital with a kidney condition.

“We found ourselves in intensive care two different times over six weeks, with two different children.” She said. “We saw a purpose in it, though, as it taught us to appreciate life in a deeper way.”

Cheryl started the “Brave Conquers Fear” profiles in courage based on the motto her son created before his surgery. Cheryl and her husband are grateful to use their personal experience to give back to the community.  This is the story they shared publicly after his surgery.

If you have someone who has shown courage through a personal challenge or as they have committed to helping others, please let Cheryl know. She’d love to share their Brave Conquers Fear story.  Email her story ideas!

What story needs to be told? Contact Cheryl:

Email | CPreheim@11Alive.com

Facebook | Cheryl Preheim

Twitter | @CherylPreheim

Instagram | @cheryl.preheim

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