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Maria Mercader
Maria Mercader Courtesy of CBS News

Maria Mercader, a CBS News producer and talent executive, has died of Covid-19 in New York, according to a news release from CBS News.

Mercader, 54, worked at CBS for three decades, most recently as a director of talent strategy. She “courageously fought cancer and related illnesses for 20 years, enduring numerous treatments and surgeries,” CBS said.

“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,” CBS said.

“Maria was a friend to all,” said Laurie Orlando, senior vice president of talent for 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.”

Mercader helped produce breaking news coverage during her years working on the foreign and national desks of CBS News, including the death of Princess Diana and the 9/11 attacks, the release said. She won a business Emmy in 2004 for her work on a CBS “Sunday Morning” report on computer spam.

Mercader is survived by her father, Manuel and brother, Manuel, the release said.

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