WCIA-TV Anchor Dies of Brain Cancer

  About a month after he officially left the anchor desk, WCIA-TV's Dave Benton died Tuesday, May 26, at his home with family alongside.
  Benton's battle with a brain tumor gained national attention last year, when he went on the air and told his Champaign-area viewers the prognosis doctors had given him.
He kept them updated, on the air and through social media.  This was part of his last Facebook post, on April 13:  "Thank you for all your support, prayers, and well wishes. It's been an "interesting" year and a half. My goal was to be in the anchor seat and do a good job. I hope I've done that. Now it's time for the next step."
The 52-year-old had been an anchor at WCIA since 2005.  His TV family remembered him Tuesday with several stories: http://www.illinoishomepage.net/story/d/story/in-memory-of-dave-benton/21603/p0bLiw8YiUChGhMV2HiKqg
Before WCIA, Benton had worked in TV newsrooms in Cedar Rapids, IA; Wausau, WI and Minot, North Dakota.  He was a graduate of Northern Illinois University.
He was voted "Most Beloved TV Personality" in 1999, and also won a NBNA first place documentary award in 2003, and a NBNA Eric Sevareid Award of Merit for general reporting. He specialized in Crime Reporting, and was honored several times by CrimeStoppers at the local, regional and national levels, and even received an award from the FBI.
He is survived by his wife, Terri, and children Matthew and Lauren.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.


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