Bobby Cherry is a community-oriented, volunteer-driven, award-winning journalist from the Pittsburgh area.
For more than a decade, Bobby served as a local news reporter and editor with several community newspapers, including the award-winning Sewickley Herald, The Signal Item (Carnegie/Bridgeville) and the former Coraopolis-Moon Record.
During his time with these community institutions, Bobby heard from residents, business owners, organization leaders and visitors to better understand these special places people call home.
At the Sewickley Herald, Bobby helped to honor several community champions as part of the newspaper’s annual Sewickley Herald Citizens of the Year celebration. The honor recognizes people and groups within the Sewickley Valley who go above and beyond to serve the Valley.
As a more than 20-year volunteer with the American Cancer Society, Bobby understands the importance of giving back. He began participating with the American Cancer Society while a student at Moon Area Middle School, following the death of his grandmother. His commitment to raising awareness and funds grew as he better understood the need for research dollars and money to support programs for those diagnosed with cancer.
Since then, Bobby has served on a number of American Cancer Society groups — nationally, statewide and locally. He has participated with the Relay For Life of Quaker Valley, the Relay For Life of Pittsburgh West (formerly the Relay For Life of Moon Township), Making Strides Against Cancer of Greater Pittsburgh and other American Cancer Society events.
In addition, he has participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as part of WTAE-TV’s team in support of morning anchor Kelly Frey.
He also serves as the local co-lead organizer for the Online News Association Pittsburgh chapter. Bobby also has supported the Hair Peace Charities (a local organization founded by Pittsburgh radio traffic reporter and cancer survivor Bonny Diver), Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Pittsburgh, WQED-TV, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Animal Friends, among other organizations.
Among his accomplishments at the community newspapers includes his efforts to help lead the newspapers into a digital era, connecting with the community digitally. His digital work has been honored numerous times from prestigious journalism organizations, including several Golden Quill Awards (community engagement online, best website, from The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania; the Society of Professional Journalists (web use); and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (best application of social networking tools, timeliness, online breaking news).
In addition, his ability to share stories from and about the community has garnered him several journalism awards, including an environmental reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his coverage of a multi-organizational effort to keep Jefferson salamanders and frogs from dying in sewage in nearby tanks at a plant near Grouse Lane near the Sewickley Heights/Bell Acres border. The effort was spearheaded by the Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association and Fern Hollow Nature Center.
He, and photographer Kristina Serafini, received a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association award for his story and her photos profiling the life of a Bell Acres transgender man.
He also enjoys live theater and can regularly be found at the Benedum Center for the Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh Broadway Series and in the summer at the the Pittsburgh CLO’s productions (yes, he saw “Hello, Dolly!” three times in August 2019 because it was that good).
He’s a member of the Heinz History Center, where he can spend hours exploring our region and country’s past. He’s been considered “Buddy the Elf” for his never-ending love of Christmas, and somehow finds time to stay updated on the lives of the Bradys and Hortons on “Days of our Lives.”