Remembering Carolee Cannata, ACW Board Member, Channel Leader & Friend

Dec 7, 2023

ACW members and the channel at large mourned the loss of one of its own, Carolee Cannata. She passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Channel Futures Managing Editor Buffy Naylor posted a moving tribute to our beloved ACW Board Member, channel leader & friend. The publication graciously has allowed us to share the heartfelt remembrances from ACW members and the channel.

Friend and Colleague Carolee Cannata Is Mourned Across the Channel

A graduate of LaSalle University, Cannata first worked in public relations for a CBS affiliate station, then as the director of a home health care company. She joined the channel in 2019, when she was hired for national channel development at TPx.

On her LinkedIn page, Cannata described herself as “the consummate ‘plate spinner’” and says that her career path “has included an array of marketing and sales with a bent toward content writing, public relations, event planning, client success, brand-building and media. I like the energy that comes with this kind of work; I love to watch a project/brand/event go from a collaborative idea in a planning meeting to a living, breathing entity that builds revenue and creates a buzz. I thrive on all the little details required to get the project to maturity.”

Cannata was hired at TPx by Hilary Gadda, now head of national partner management at Coro. “A smile that lit up a room,” said Gadda. “That’s something you hear often about Carolee. And it is true. That is the first thing you see. A dazzling smile. Then you get to know her and you see intelligence, compassion, generosity and kindness.”

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