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WCIA-TV Anchor Leaves the Desk

Dave Benton, of Champaign/Urbana TV station WCIA, shared this message with his audience Monday:
"I want to update all of you on what's happening with my health. The last time we talked was about five months ago. I found out two weeks ago the tumor has grown. The treatments aren't working and it's affecting my ability to anchor the news. So, I'm stepping down from the desk. I hope to still be a part of the newscast a little longer with my Crime Watch stories at 5 pm. Jennifer and I will make the announcement at 6 pm, Monday. 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." Dave

Benton has been at the station since 2005.  He is a Northern Illinois University graduate.

(Photo courtesy Champaign News-Gazette)

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