Dawn Stensland
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Emmy award-winning journalist Dawn Stensland co-anchors the "FOX Ten O'clock News." Her 17 years of news experience includes two years as co-host of the national show, "CBS News Saturday Morning," where she interviewed everyone from generals, presidential candidates, movie stars to Kermit the Frog. Broadcast Pioneers member Dawn Stensland anchored live coverage on CBS News with Dan Rather for several hours the morning that John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane tragically crashed.

Before joining the FOX 29 news team on Monday, December 3, 2001, Dawn co-anchored the 5pm news hour at KYW-TV, Channel 3. In addition to her anchor duties, Dawn delivered live nightly reports for "Eyewitness News at Eleven." Her live coverage includes the Republican National Convention, the return of Ira Einhorn, and the Mardi Gras melee on South Street. Dawn was also among the first reporters on the scene of the deadly Pier 34 collapse.

Before coming home to her hometown of Philadelphia in 1997, Dawn paid her dues as a reporter and anchor at television stations across the country, including Chicago, Cleveland (WKYC-TV, formerly KYW-TV in the 50s and 60s) and Minneapolis.

For 17 years she's been a volunteer and honorary chairwoman for local chapter programs of the Salvation Army, March of Dimes WalkAmerica, the American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts "Family Partnership" program and the DARE program. Her mom and grandmother are breast cancer survivors, which is why Dawn has been dedicated to charities that support breast cancer research, such as "Race For the Cure."

Dawn and her family are also involved in fundraisers that help abandoned and abused animals. Dawn lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband, two kids and two dogs. Dawn's husband is Broadcast Pioneers member and an inductee into our "Hall of Fame," Larry Mendte. They were married on Saturday, June 10, 2000.

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