Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista dies of cancer at age 67

Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista dies of cancer at age 67
This Nov. 1, 2001 file photo shows host Bobbie Battista preparing for the airing of the show "TalkBack Live" in Atlanta. Battista, who was among the original anchors for CNN Headline News and hosted CNN’s “TalkBack Live,” died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, after a four-year battle with cervical cancer, family spokeswoman Wendy Guarisco told CNN. She was 67. (Source: AP Photo/Ric Feld, File/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bobbie Battista, who was among the original anchors for CNN Headline News and hosted CNN’s “TalkBack Live,” has died.

A family spokeswoman told CNN that Battista died Tuesday after a four-year battle with cervical cancer.

Battista’s husband called her the “consummate trooper” in her fight against the disease.

Battista worked for the cable news company from 1981 to 2001.

She anchored coverage of major events including the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan and the Gulf War.

She began her TV news career as a local anchor and producer for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bobbie Battista was 67.

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