Cherish Lombard is back home, and she couldn’t be happier! You can see her weeknights at the anchor desk on WKRG News 5 at 6:30 and on WKRG News 5 at 9:00 p.m. on the Gulf Coast CW.
Cherish grew up in Mobile, and graduated from Murphy High School, then from the University of South Alabama. While attending South, she started working at WABB FM in 2001. She climbed the ranks, and before long, she became the first female Morning Drive co-host at the legendary radio station, as part of “Matt, Jay, and Cherish.”
She caught the attention of the News Director at a local TV station and started delivering traffic reports for the station before she was hired as a General Assignment Reporter in 2008. In 2010, she was promoted to the role of the first host of the stations’ new lifestyle and entertainment show, Studio 10.
In 2014, Cherish took a chance and left home for an anchor position in Nashville, Tennessee. While there, she was part of some of the city’s biggest breaking news stories that made headlines nationwide, from the capture of the Waffle House shooter to the resignation of Nashville’s former Mayor.
Cherish led the WKRN team focused on the growing Nashville skyline. She field anchored during the Nashville Predators’ Road to the Stanley Cup, and during CMA Fest, where she worked with the Property Brothers, Luke Bryan and Hayley Orrantia, to name a few. She hosted the CMA Awards after party live for the past two years, where she interviewed some of the biggest names in the Country Music industry, including Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton.
Cherish has worked with a number of charitable organizations, including many animal rescues, the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts, Read Across America at various schools, Susan G Komen, American Heart Association, and Prevent Child Abuse America.
She says the Gulf Coast is her home, and she and her husband are excited to raise their little boy here around family. They both love animals, and are also parents to three rescue dogs and a rescue cat.
Cherish says, “Being back in the community where I grew up and worked for so many years, and getting to raise my family there, is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, and wouldn’t trade for anything! And having the beach in our backyard is certainly a bonus!”