Dawndy anchors WIS News 10 at 4:00, 5:00 and 5:30. She specializes in health and medical stories, covering open-heart surgeries, medical advances in fighting cancer to ways to be fit and trim. As a marathoner and triathlete, reporting on health is a perfect fit. Dawndy 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 2012, 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.
Dawndy received the Verizon 2012 Hopeline Hero Award that benefited SisterCare, an organization that helps battered women and their children.
She 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 awarded her its Media Fitness Award.
Dawndy ran as a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
And she 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. Dawndy 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. She 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 businesspeople. She's 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.
Dawndy is married to Craig Plank and has three stepchildren.
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