Dying TV ancher feels ‘the presence of Christ in the room’

I came across a story on CNN.com about a former TV sports anchor named Nick Charles.

I used to watch him and his partner Fred Hickman when CNN had a sports new network that competed with ESPN (before ESPN began solidifying its modern-day sports monopoly).

Can’t say that I knew anything about Charles. So I was surprised to see a photo of him looking old and weak and…sick.

It turns out that he found out in 2009 that he had incurable bladder cancer. He was given 4 to 20 months to live and is now at 21 months.

I point out the article because Charles talks a lot about mortality, lessons learned, family and a return to faith during the ’90s — thanks to his third wife.

He feels a strong divine presence in his life. He says of Jesus, “One time, he sat right with me on the bed.”

It’s a moving story with a few curveballs, including Charles ongoing friendship with Mike Tyson, who comes across as a real good guy and friend at crunchtime.

There is a section in the story where Charles talks about what his last week of life is likely to be like. Read it.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.