Cheryl is an anchor and reporter for NY1 News, Time Warner Cable’s news network, where she has worked since its launch in 1992. She also blogs for The Huffington Post and contributes to Essence.com. She has received numerous accolades, including New York Press Club and AP awards, the YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry Award and the Carl T. Rowan Leadership in Media Award as part of the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. Cheryl is the author of the 2011 book "Die Free: A Heroic Family History," which chronicles the lives of her great-great-great-grandfather Sandy Wills, who served in the Civil War as a member of the United States Colored Troops, and her father, Clarence Wills, who was the first black firefighter at Engine 1/Ladder 24 — the oldest engine company in Manhattan.