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Michele Marsh dead at 63: Former anchor at WCBS and WNBC

Michele Marsh, a familiar and beloved presence on New York City TV news from 1979 to 2003, died Tuesday. She was 63.

Marsh, a former anchor on WCBS and later WNBC, lost a battle with breast cancer, according to several of her former co-workers. She was born in a Detroit suburb and majored in radio and television production at Northwestern University.

Marsh worked at stations in Maine and Texas before coming to WCBS in New York for a job in October 1979. She ran the teleprompter with her toes while on the air at WABI-TV, the New York Times reported. Marsh was also so popular in her position at a San Antonio station that she had security guards to fend off her admirers.

Marsh was called the "baby of the newsroom" back when she first came to WCBS in New York. Then 25, she co-anchored "The 11 O'Clock Report" with Rolland Smith.

She joked her brown hair had already started turning grey.

She also worked with Ernie Anastos during her time at the station. He remembered her as a "top professional" and a "sweet friend."

She worked there until October of 1996 when she was dismissed along with a host of other anchors and reporters at WCBS-TV. Marsh was quickly hired by WNBC and joined Chuck Scarborough as co-anchor of the 6 p.m. newscasts. She stayed there until 2003. Marsh won five local Emmy Awards in her time working in New York.

"You had 2b living/working in #NYC in '80s-90s 2 appreciate what a big star #MicheleMarsh was at @WCBSTV," WCBS traffic reporter Tom Kaminiski tweeted. "Condolences 2 her family&colleagues."

Meteorologist Craig Allen, another former co-worker, remembered her as "a terrific talent to work with and all around wonderful person."

A very pregnant Michele Marsh poses in the Channel 2 newsroom after the 11 PM News on April 2nd, 1992...the day of the John Gotti guilty verdict in federal court. To Michele's right in the photo is former federal prosecutor, Edward McDonald, who played himself in the film #Goodfellas. Mary Murphy covered the Gotti trial for WCBS2. Michele's co-anchor, Ernie Anastos, is in the picture along with Lisa Castleman and Tom Santino. Michele gave birth to her only child, John, soon after. (Photo courtesy of Mary Murphy)

WPIX will stream a Facebook Live tribute to Michele Marsh later on Thursday featuring her former WCBS colleagues Mary Murphy, Mr. G and Arnold Diaz. Follow WPIX Archives on Facebook.