‘So much heart’: Long-time NBC12 anchor Andrea McDaniel dies

Updated: Mar. 28, 2021 at 3:45 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - When Andrea McDaniel said “Good Morning,” it was time to start your day in Richmond.

Andrea’s legacy spanned more than three decades as an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of that at NBC12 as anchor of 12 News Today and 12 News at Noon. She was a passionate journalist committed to giving her audience the most up to date information. That passion is the reason why her show was Richmond’s No. 1 morning show then and now, 15 years later.

She began in 1985 and continued until 2006.

Andrew McDaniel began at NBC12 in 1985 and continued until 2006.
Andrew McDaniel began at NBC12 in 1985 and continued until 2006.(Andrea's Family)

Meteorologist Andrew Freiden joined the morning team in the early 2000s.

“There are a lot of things I will never forget about Andrea,” Freiden said. “The first was that distinctive way she said good morning, and the other thing was her really distinctive, super loud, unbridled laugh. It was a great laugh, and when I could get one of those out of her, I felt like it was a good day.”

Aaron Gilchrist shared the anchor desk with Andrea during her final years of the show. He remembers her compassion and the impact she had on him as a journalist.

“Andrea had so much heart. She was a great anchor and a wonderful storyteller,” Gilchrist said. “It’s because she felt so deeply and shared that with people. She taught me so much about being a good broadcaster.”

After two decades as a primary anchor, Andrea continued to appear on-air and represent the station on several community projects and even hosted our RVA today segments until just a few months ago.

Andrea died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andrea’s family and friends.

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