Maria Mercader

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Maria Mercader
Maria Carla Mercader

(1965-11-28)November 28, 1965
DiedMarch 29, 2020(2020-03-29) (aged 54)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationJournalist and news producer
Years active1987–2020

Maria Carla Mercader (November 28, 1965 – March 29, 2020) was an American journalist and news producer who worked for CBS News for over three decades. For her work producing a CBS feature report about computer spam, Mercader won a business Emmy Award in 2004. In 2020, she died of COVID-19 during its pandemic in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Mercader was born on November 28, 1965, in New York City to Manuel and Gladys Mercader.[1] She studied at Dominican Academy, then at the College of New Rochelle, where she graduated in 1987.[1]


Mercader started working for CBS News in 1987 as a page in the company's page program,[1] then began her news career at CBS Newspath, where she produced pieces for distribution at CBS' affiliates.[2] She also worked on the network's foreign and national news desks, helping to produce breaking news pieces on the death of Princess Diana and the September 11 attacks.[3] In 2004, Mercader won an Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting for helping to produce "The Little Engine That Could, Spam" a CBS News Sunday Morning feature report on computer spam.[1][3][4]

Mercader was appointed as director of talent strategy in 2016[5] where she helped improve workplace diversity and coordinated CBS News' participation with the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, and the National Association of Black Journalists.[1] She graduated from the AAJA's Executive Leadership Program in Chicago in 2004.[5]


For over two decades before her death, Mercader had numerous illnesses, including cancer.[1] In the last week of February 2020, she took medical leave, then succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic at a New York hospital on March 29, 2020.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Remembering Maria Mercader, CBS News journalist for three decades". CBS News. March 29, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Steinberg, Brian (March 29, 2020). "Maria Mercader, CBS News Veteran, Dies at 54 Due to Coronavirus". Variety. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Waldrop, Theresa; Stelter, Brian (March 30, 2020). "CBS journalist Maria Mercader dies at 54 of coronavirus". CNN. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "The National Television Academy Announces the Winners of the Second Annual Emmy Awards for Business and Financial Reporting". National Television Academy. Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "AAJA Mourns the Loss of Maria Mercader". Asian American Journalists Association. March 29, 2020. Archived from the original on March 30, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020. Maria… was director of talent strategy for the past four years.