AAJA Mourns the Loss of Maria Mercader

The Asian American Journalists Association sends our sympathies and condolences to the family of Maria Mercader, a longtime and beloved member of our community. Maria, 54, a cancer survivor, died Sunday of complications from COVID-19.

Maria had been with CBS News for more than 30 years and was director of talent strategy for the past four years. She had also worked as a producer on the CBS News foreign desk. Maria was proud to have grown her career at CBS, where she started as a page. There she worked at Newspath, the national desk and CBS Sunday Morning. In 2004, she won an Emmy with David Pogue and Doug Smith for their CBS Sunday Morning piece on computer spam. Our hearts go out to her CBS family.

Maria was a dear mentor and friend to many AAJA members. She was a proud 2004 graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program in Chicago. She will be greatly missed. 

We will send flowers on behalf of our AAJA family and follow up with any memorial details or arrangements. 

For those who would like to make donations in honor of Maria, please direct your giving to the American Ballet Theatre and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

— AAJA Board of Directors and AAJA New York Chapter

CBS News Statement: “Remembering Maria Mercader, CBS News journalist for three decades”

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