Cheryl Wills is a nationally recognized award-winning television personality for Time Warner Cable’s flagship national news network, New York 1 News, headquartered in New York City which is aired on select cable systems throughout the United States and Japan’sMXTV. The television personality has been tapped to host and speak at national events like The Essence Music Festival, Talk-backs at Broadway Shows, McDonald’s Gospel Fest, The Congressional Black Caucus and The World Summit of Mayors in Senegal, West Africa.
Cheryl Wills has been with NY1 News since its launch in 1992 and is one of the station’s most recognizable journalists for breaking news and special coverage. Wills is also a popular and engaging public speaker and has appeared before audiences across the country. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post and contributes to Essence.com.
As a television journalist, Cheryl Wills has been a reliable guide through everything from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to moderating televised discussions about the presidency of Barack Obama.
Cheryl Wills has received numerous awards for her work including New York Press Club and AP Awards, the YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry Award, and the Carl T. Rowan Leadership in Media Award as part of the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. In 2010, McDonald’s honored Wills as a broadcasting legend during a regional ad campaign. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from New York College of Health Professions in May of 2005. Cheryl is most proud to be the newly designated Commander and Lifetime Descendant Member of the New York Chapter of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Colored Troops — a national organization of Civil War descendants who raise awareness about black soldiers who served during the The Civil War. Her book tour has taken her all over the world, including Senegal, West Africa — where she presented her story at the 2011 World Summit of Mayors before an audience of international politicians, dignitaries and journalists.
Born and raised in New York City, Cheryl is the daughter of Firefighter Clarence Wills, who worked for Engine 1, Ladder 24 in Manhattan, New York. The eldest of five children, Cheryl is a mentor to her brother, Clarence Wills Jr., who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, and she is guiding his career as a cartoonist.