Remembering News 12 Anchor John Mercer: 1964-2020

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — It’s been one year since we here at News 12 lost one of our own.

Our anchor, our colleague, our friend, John Mercer died suddenly from a heart condition on April 28, 2020.

He was just 56 years old.

John anchored the weeknight newscasts at News 12 for 17 years.

He loved his family, his pets, this community, and bringing you the news each night.

“John Mercer was the bell cow of our newsroom,” said Rick Nyman, News 12 Sports Director. “He did so much more than just anchor the news every night. I can’t think of the number of reporters and producers that he helped train over the years.”

In addition to his roles as producer, anchor, and mentor, John also helped put together our weekly school segments – highlighting the positive things our teachers and schools are doing throughout the area.

Not only was John a great journalist, but he was even a talented musician.

He’d often serenade us with his singing, and guitar playing.

Now we’re reminded of those good times with John daily, with one of his favorite guitars on display in our newsroom.

He may not be here in person, but he’s still watching over us.

“He gave his heart and soul to this station,” said Patrick Core, News 12 Chief Meteorologist. “He was a true professional. And I tell you, we will definitely miss him, and he was definitely a blessing to me, and I’m very very thankful to have known John.”

We love you John Mercer. Thank you for leaving behind a great legacy for years to come.

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