Mercader labored at CBS for 3 many years, getting her begin within the community’s web page program, CBS stated in a launch. She most lately labored as a director of expertise technique.
She had been on medical depart for an unrelated matter since late February, the community stated.
Mercader “courageously fought cancer and related illnesses for 20 years, enduring numerous treatments and surgeries,” CBS stated. “To her colleagues and family, she was an inspiration and a symbol of hope each time she returned to work after the latest medical setback threatened to end her life.”
As a producer on CBS News’ international and nationwide desks, Mercader helped produce protection of “some of the biggest breaking news,” together with the demise of Princess Diana and the 9/11 assaults, the discharge stated.
In 2004, Mercader gained an Emmy for enterprise and monetary reporting for her work producing a “CBS Sunday Morning” report on laptop spam.
As a expertise govt, Mercader “helped spearhead” the networks efforts to diversify its workforce, CBS stated.
“Maria was a friend to all,” stated Laurie Orlando, senior vp for expertise at CBS News. “It’s nearly impossible to be someone EVERYONE loves, but Maria was. She always had a warm hug, a word of advice or support and a big smile for everyone in her life. She was a bright light and will be sorely missed.”