Native Clevelander, TV news reporter Lisa Colagrassi has died at age 49

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NEW YORK – Some sad news to report today about a native Clevelander and former TV reporter here.

Lisa Colagrassi, 49, a reporter at WABC TV in New York, passed away last night. According to her station, Lisa suffered a brain hemorrhage while returning from covering a story Thursday morning. The photographer she was riding with flagged down an ambulance and she was quickly taken to the hospital. She never regained consciousness.

Lisa started her career at WKYC. She also worked in West Virginia, Alabama and Orlando.

She is survived by her husband Todd, their two sons Davis and Evan.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and co-workers.

“Lisa Colagrossi embodied the Eyewitness News spirit- a straight forward reporter who
told the truth, empathetic to the everyday citizens of the New York area, and demanding of
those in power,”said Dave Davis,President and General Manager of WABC-TV. ”All of us in the Channel  7 family are in shock over her sudden death. Our attention is now focused on helping her husband and two children through this difficult time.”

“Lisa will be terribly missed,”added Camille Edwards, News Director at Channel 7. “Her
bright smileand big blue eyes lit up our newsroom. She was areporter with two wonderful
qualities: grace and grit. Her Eyewitness News family is overwhelmed with grief right now. Our hearts are truly broken.”