Lesley Swick Van Ness Wiki – Lesley Swick Van Ness Biography
Lesley Swick Van Ness, 42, a news anchor for an NBC affiliate in Illinois died after becoming ill and being hospitalized while on vacation in Florida with her husband and two young sons.
Lesley Swick Van Ness, an anchor for WGEM-TV and an executive for its corporate parent, Grey Television, died on Monday in Naples, Florida. “In the eyes of a small community, she was a celebrity,” Tom and Neat Brower said in response to her obituary online. It is with a very heavy heart that we share some devastating news with you,” Jennifer Dale, Grey Television’s vice president of recruiting, wrote in a message posted on Muddy River News. “Lesley Van Ness, who we have been so fortunate to have as a part of the Grey family, passed away this (Monday) morning.”
Lesley Swick Van Ness was 42 years old.
‘Beautiful Family’ Vacation: Former Illinois News Anchor Dies
Dale went on to say, “Lesley had been on vacation with her beautiful family in Florida when she fell ill and was hospitalized last Thursday.” “Lesley and her husband Tom have two precious young boys,” according to the statement. Please remember them all in your prayers. We will keep everyone up to date on the arrangements.” Van Ness’ coworkers recognized her as a formidable opponent.
“She was a powerful personality,” said Matt Schmidt, an anchor at WGEM-TV from 2007 until 2014. She could walk into the newsroom and take over immediately.” She simply had a strong presence.” Schmidt went on to say, “Sitting on the news desk was an awesome experience.” “She wasn’t afraid to do the dirty work or work the extra hour, especially if it was something that had a big impact on the community,” WGEM-TV meteorologist Brian Inman said.
According to her LinkedIn page, Van Ness, a graduate of Illinois State University, began her career as a reporter at WGEM-TV, the NBC local affiliate in Quincy, Ill., in 2003. She moved to a weekend anchor job in 2006. She began anchoring the daily evening and late-night newscasts two years later. Van Ness then transitioned to the corporate side of the company. She was named Quincy Media’s talent acquisition specialist in 2016.
“Family priorities changed, and I jumped at the chance to become Quincy Media’s first corporate recruiter from 2016 to 2021,” Van Ness stated on LinkedIn. Grey Television purchased Quincy Media in 2021, creating a network of local television stations in 113 locations. Van Ness’ funeral will be held at St. John’s Anglican Parish in Quincy on Monday at 10 a.m. “When I think of Leslie, I remember a beautiful child swimming in the Hamilton pool,” Tom and Neat Brower wrote in their touching letter.
“She did her job with integrity,” they said.
“Lesley will always hold a special place in our hearts.”