Emmy Award winning Cheryl Jennings is weekday co-anchor of ABC7 News at 11:00 a.m. and anchor of ABC7 News at 5:00 p.m. Cheryl also files special assignment news reports and is the host of the community affairs program Beyond the Headlines.
Cheryl joined ABC7 in 1979 as a general assignment reporter and became the weekend news anchor in 1986. In 1988, she was promoted to weekday anchor.
Cheryl is a pioneer in reporting on children's issues, women's rights and domestic violence and has been recognized locally and nationally for her active involvement.
Cheryl worked on a six-part series on the children of Kosovo for which she received an Emmy nomination. She also hosted a breast cancer special called Fighting Back. In 1998, Cheryl won an Emmy for hosting a show on caring for aging parents and in 1996, won two Emmy's for a special report on a camp for children with AIDS and for a segment of a program aimed at teenagers called Straight Talk N' Teens. She was also honored with "Innovative Strategies in Children's Television" by the National Association of Broadcasters in 1995 as the co-creator of Straight Talk N' Teens. The show dealt with issues affecting teens and children and was hosted by teens she trained and mentored.
Recently, Cheryl co-founded "Roots of Peace, Pennies for Peace Children's Program" in Marin County to demine playgrounds, soccer fields and schools in Afghanistan. The program was honored by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. The mayor of San Rafael recently declared April 17, 2007 as "Cheryl Jennings Day" to acknowledge her efforts and support of the Roots of Peace Penny Campaign.
She was also inducted into the San Francisco/Northern California National Television Academy's prestigious "Silver Circle" for more than 25 years of "service, dedication and contributions" to the industry and community. Participants are selected by their peers. In addition, Cheryl was honored by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. She was selected as one of six women who could be president of the United States. Also in 2003, Cheryl received a congressional commendation from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey for her services to the community.
The "Search for the Cause" organization in Marin COunty, which is dedicated to fighting breast cancer, recently included Cheryl in the "100 Magnificent Marin Women Tribute" at the 6th annual Lunafest Film Festival on March 28, 2007. In 2005, Cheryl won an Emmy for a "Beyond the Headlines" program on youth and steroids featuring 49er Coach Bill Walsh. In 2004, The American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) honored Cheryl with the "AWRT KUDO Award" for "Best TV Public Affairs Program, Sunday on Seven." In 2002, Cheryl received a national award from the AWRT called the Gracie Allen Award. It honors "superior quality and stellar portrayal of the changing roles and concerns of women." The report for which she was honored, "Behind Bars: Battered Women Who Kill Their Abusers," was a profile of women serving life terms for killing their abusive partners before a law was passed that allowed evidence of "battered woman's syndrome." Also in 2002, Cheryl was honored for her work with children by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and by American Women in Radio and Television for "Outstanding Contributions"
Cheryl has also been honored for her news reporting during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. She was the first ABC7 reporter on the air with live, late-breaking news reports, as the aftershocks continued to rock the station.
Cheryl began her broadcasting career in 1974 at a San Francisco radio station. She worked as a reporter, anchor and a news director before moving to television. In 1980, her documentary on sexual harassment of women in the work force received an award of merit from the National Commission on the status of women.
Cheryl also helps in fund-raising for Camp Okizu, a program that sends children with cancer to summer camp. In addition, she helps with fund-raising for The Taylor Family Foundation in Livermore which provides camp for children with life- threatening illnesses.
Cheryl is active in many community organizations. She is a long-time board member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Council, a member of the Trade Advisory Board of the Journalism Department at San Francisco City College. She works with the Tenderloin after-school program for children in San Francisco. Cheryl is also a volunteer for the San Francisco League of Women Voters and for "Community Action Marin" fundraisers and in-house videos to help the poor, disadvantaged and disabled in Marin County. She was recently featured in the book "100 Faces of Marin" 2004 for her contributions to the community in Marin County.
She is an honorary board member of LITA (Love Is The Answer), an organization in Novato which provides volunteer visitors for senior citizens in nursing and retirement homes. She is also an honorary board member of a program in Rohnert Park which serves children and families with AIDS, called Sunburst Projects. Cheryl also volunteers as a mentor for teens and young people.
Jennings attended both San Francisco State University and City College, where she majored in broadcast communication and journalism.