Illinois TV Anchor With Brain Tumor Steps Down From News Desk (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Dave Benton.Dave Benton.

Dave Benton, a news anchor at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois, recently told viewers he was stepping down.

Several months ago, Benton told viewers a brain tumor he was fighting had returned, but he was going to continue to anchoring the newscast while seeking treatment.

Benton announced on the air on April 13 how his tumor had grown and that he was stepping down as anchor, noted (video below).

Benton said that he was having difficulty reading, but added that he would be working behind the scenes to produce stories at the station. He recalled how he thought how he might be famous when he started in TV news, but realized that doing important stories was his real passion.

Benton also wrote a statement on WCIA's website:

"I want to update all of you on what's happening with my health. The last time we talked was about five months ago. I found out two weeks ago the tumor has grown. The treatments aren't working and it's affecting my ability to anchor the news. So, I'm stepping down from the desk.

"I hope to still be a part of the newscast a little longer with my Crime Watch stories at 5 p.m. Jennifer and I will make the announcement at 6 p.m., Monday. Thank you for all your support, prayers and well wishes. It's been an interesting year and a half. My goal was to be in the anchor seat and do a good job. I hope I've done that. Now, it's time for the next step."

Sources:, WCIA
Image Credit: WCIA Screenshot