Cheryl Conner's love of news started at the dinner and homework table in elementary school where the television was always on. Now family and friends can say "you did it." She is back on her home turf after growing up in Bowie and graduating from the University of Maryland.
Cheryl joined WJLA and NewsChannel 8 in January 2016 as a general assignment reporter and multimedia journalist who shoots and edits her own stories. She spent the last eight years up the BW Parkway in Baltimore working for WMAR, where she won an AP Award for "Outstanding Enterprise Reporting" for "Sex Trafficking: From Survivor to Inside a Sting in Baltimore." Governor Martin O'Malley used her story as a training tool for the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force. She traveled to Newtown, CT, to cover the Sandy Hook shooting and to New Jersey to cover Ray Rice in court. Cheryl is the reporter who found Toya Graham, the mother featured in a viral video that showed her slapping her son after finding him involved in the Baltimore riots. Chasing insightful stories with great emotion is her passion.
Cheryl got her start at WHAG in Hagerstown, where she learned how to anchor, report, produce, shoot and edit in an eight-hour day. Her career grew in Evansville, IN, where she was a weekend anchor. Her first stint at NewsChannel 8 came in 2005, when she was a Community Reporter. Two years later, she went on to work at WMAR before taking the opportunity to come back home.
Cheryl is involved in the community. She has coached Girls on the Run, an after-school program that teaches elementary-aged girls self-empowerment skills and how to run a 5k race. She loves the challenge of physical fitness, finishing three marathons, a triathlon and several races for charity. An avid Redskins and Terps fan, Cheryl lives in Annapolis with her husband, Jamie, and their Goldendoodle, CoCo.