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WCIA Anchor Reveals Cancer Is Back, with Grim Diagnosis

Saying it was time to share some news with “family”, WCIA anchor Dave Benton took time at the end of his newscast on the Champaign, Illinois CBS affiliate to talk about his health. “I’ve found out a few weeks ago, my brain cancer is back,” he said, alongside anchor Jennifer Roscoe.

Last year, Benton underwent brain surgery with the hopes of emerging cancer free. He says now, the cancer is inoperable:

“I’ve learned more about what the future holds. This new tumor is too big for surgery or radiation. I’ve decided to do an antibody treatment and some chemo to try to slow its growth. That’s my best option. That being said, doctors say I have anywhere from four-to-six months before things turn bad. I’m dedicated to keep working. I’ll be here bringing you the news as long as I am able. I’m grateful for the outpouring of support, prayers and cards. It’s meant the world to me. It’s changed my life.”

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WCIA Chief Meteorologist Robert Reese Dies After Cancer Battle

Robert Reese, the chief meteorologist at WCIA in Champaign, Ill., died Tuesday night after battling pneumonia and cancer. He was 50.

WCIA anchor Jennifer Roscoe announced the news on Wednesday evening’s newscast, saying, “it is with great sadness and heartbreak that I have to tell you this tonight. I hoped I never would.” She described Reese as “a weather geek, a music lover, a car nut and most importantly, our friend.”

Reese, the morning and noon meteorologist, was last on the air in early September. His Facebook page was flooded with comments and memories from WCIA viewers Thursday morning.