Where Are They Now?: Dawn Stensland
This week, I'm starting a new feature on the "Director's Cut" blog called "Where Are They Now?" I'll focus on Channel 3 personalities who have worked here and gone on to other career opportunities through the years.
We'll kick if off with with Dawn Stensland who was an anchorwoman at WKYC (6 & 11 PM) and then at KYW-TV ( 5 PM) in Philadelphia during the 1990s. Dawn also was a host of "Saturday Morning" on CBS for about 2 years. It was during this time that she anchored live coverage with Dan Rather for several hours the morning that John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane crashed.
Currently, Dawn is co-anchor of the 10 p.m. news at WTXF-TV, Philadelphia's Fox affiliate. She is married to Larry Mendte, a former WABC-TV anchorman and former Access Hollywood co-host who currently anchors the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchor at KYW where Dawn worked prior to WTXF. They have two children together, Michael (born April 1, 2004) and Lawrence (born September 14, 2006).
Before heading home to Philadelphia in 1997, Dawn worked at other TV stations across the country including Chicago, Minneapolis - and, of course in Cleveland where she was paired up with Judd Hambrick on WKYC.
For 17 years, Dawn has 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.
If you'd like to drop Dawn a note, her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org