Guest Speaker: Dawndy Mercer Plank
, WIS TV news anchor
has a regular feature called, "Fitness IS Fun," which shows a variety of ways for South Carolinians to live an active, healthy life.
Dawndy's awards include Best TV Personality for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2003 by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine
The Free Times Newspaper awarded her
Sexiest News Personality for 2011 and Best Anchor Personality for 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 1995 and 1994.
received the Verizon
2012 Hopeline Hero Award that benefited SisterCare
, an organization that helps battered women and their children.
was a 2011 Palmetto Center for Women TWIN Nominee
, an honor presented to women whose outstanding achievements mark them as leaders and role models in business and in the community.
Dawndy's extensive coverage of a young boy's life changing because of a cochlear implant landed her
a second place award by the Associated Press
in the Medical/Health category in 2009.
In 2002, the South Carolina Governor's Council on Physical Fitness
its Media Fitness Award.
ran as a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
received a Southeast Regional Emmy Award for Best Newscast in 2003.
In 1994, she
received the South Carolina Broadcaster's Association
Personality of the Year Award, as well as the National Journalism Award for Best Television Coverage of Leukemia.
Dawndy's television career began in 1989 when she left her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana to be a reporter at WBAY TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
In 1992, she
came to South Carolina to co-anchor WIS News Sunrise, and was later promoted to co-anchor WIS News 10 at 5.
In 1996, Dawndy
moved to Houston, Texas and through Pastorini-Bosby Talent Agency
starred in commercials, print ads and industrial films.
She spent time at Houston's KNWS News, KTRK TV, KSBJ Christian Radio, and hosted both a horse and travel show.
returned to WIS Television in 2001.
Dawndy is a frequent speaker at churches throughout the state and is an active member at Shandon Baptist Church.
is on the Oliver Gospel Mission's Vision Action Team to begin a new Women's Growth Center for homeless women and children.
Dawndy is a board member of the Palmetto Center for Women and is actively involved in Trinity Focus, a monthly Christian outreach to businesswomen.
also involved in programs that promote healthy living.
Another great passion of Dawndy's
is to help stray animals be adopted into good homes.
Dawndy Mercer Plank graduated with a BS in Telecommunications in 1989 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, after an internship in Washington, D.C.
is married to Craig Plank and has three stepchildren.