KUSA – Saying goodbye to a friend is never easy. Saying goodbye to Cheryl Preheim when she leaves 9NEWS will be especially hard for us and all the viewers who’ve come to appreciate her approach to the news.

On December 16th Cheryl will anchor her last newscast at 9NEWS before she and her family move to Atlanta to start a new adventure there. Cheryl will work for our sister station WXIA as a morning anchor beginning next year.

Cheryl joined 9NEWS 18 years ago, in August 1998. Her approach to passionate and compassionate storytelling set her apart during her nearly two decades of television journalism in Colorado.

Her awards are almost too numerous to describe. Regional and national Edward R Murrow Awards. Emmy Awards. Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards.

But where Cheryl really stands out is in her ability to tell the stories of people both famous and otherwise obscure who have managed to succeed in spite of obstacles.

Her favorite interviews include Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, Former President Jimmy Carter and virtuoso violinist Izhak Perlman.

More recently Cheryl has chronicled the accomplishments of Colorado’s Olympic athletes like swimmer Missy Franklin and skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

Cheryl has also shared the personal story of her son’s open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado and his “Brave Conquers Fear” campaign to help other young kids with medical challenges.

Around the newsroom, Cheryl is famous for being irrepressibly positive. Over the years she’s done everything from shooting video to reporting to anchoring weekend morning newscasts, weekend evening newscasts and most recently the Monday through Friday morning news.

Cheryl is originally from Indiana but is a proud CU Buff who turned that education into a successful career at 9NEWS.

Whatever Cheryl is doing at 9NEWS or in the community, she does it with character and class. We will miss her but wish her and her family the best in the next chapter of their lives.