Meryl Comer, an Emmy-award winning and 30 year veteran reporter, producer, and talk show host, was named President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative in November 2007. Winner of the 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award and the 2007 Proxmire Award, Ms. Comer has provided testimony before Congress, served two terms on the National Board of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board and on the 2008 Alzheimer’s Study Group, charged with presenting a National Strategic Plan to Congress.
Comer was among the first women TV anchors (1981-1997) to specialize in business news as it relates to public policy with her nationally syndicated debate show “It’s Your Business.” She also co-anchored Nation’s Business Today for six years on ESPN, the Ten O’clock News for Metromedia, Two’s Company for WMAR/CBS Affiliate and the Good Day Show on WCVB-TV in Boston.
Previously, Ms. Comer served as Senior Vice President for the National Chamber Foundation (1997-1999) and for 11 years prior (1987-1997) as Vice President for Communications Development at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Her Alma Mater is the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Comer has been the at-home caregiver for the past 20 plus years for her husband with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She wrote the award winning book, “Slow Dancing with a Stranger,” a raw look at the disease, with 100% of the proceeds directed to support Alzheimer’s research.