Anchor Diagnosed with Brain Cancer to Step Down

By Kevin Eck 

WCIA anchor Dave Benton told viewers of the Champaign, Illinois CBS affiliate he had inoperable brain cancer in September.

Today, he told viewers on the station website and his facebook page, his tumor had grown and he is stepping down from the anchor chair.

“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.”