Rob Cardwell


I was born in the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida. After graduating from Plant City High School I joined the United States Air Force to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist. But after a couple of years elbow-deep in other people's mouths I decided a career change was in order.

In 1990 I was accepted for cross-training and became a distinguished graduate of the Armed Force's Defense Information School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Air Force immediately shipped me to Osan, South Korea where I did a morning radio show (Good Morning, Osan!) and reported for the Armed Forces Korea Network television news in the afternoon.

In 1991 I was stationed at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida. It was there I left the Air Force and began working for WJHG TV-7 as a reporter and anchor. During my seven years there I rode out hurricanes, covered local and state politics, crime and anchored both the morning and evening newscasts. With an outstanding news team I was proud to win individual and station Associated Press recognition. During that time I also freelanced for Current Affair, CNN, CBS radio, Live with Geraldo Rivera and was the newsman for a local Talk Radio station.

It was also in Panama City Beach that I met and married my beautiful bride Debra. In 2001 we decided to leave the panhandle for the southern charm of Richmond. I now anchor CBS 6 Early Morning and CBS 6 This Morning with Reba Hollingsworth. It was an honor to be the only area news anchor nominated for an Emmy in 2007 and an Emmy winner in 2009.

I'm a member of Ironbridge Baptist Church in Chester, Virginia and I'm involved with a number of annual local events and fund-raisers for state and community organizations. In my spare time I enjoy camping, fishing, golf, spending time with Debra and my son Jacob...and most importantly...cheering for my hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

Recent Articles

  • UPDATE: Plane makes emergency landing at Wawa

    Posted on: 6:54 am, August 12, 2013, by and , updated on: 01:21pm, August 12, 2013

    The pilot of a small plane that made an emergency landing outside a Virginia Wawa was not injured.
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  • I-95 SCARE: ‘I thought I was dead’

    Posted on: 11:26 am, August 9, 2013, by , and , updated on: 07:14pm, August 9, 2013

    A man said he was nearly killed Friday morning driving to work in Richmond.
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  • UPDATE: Man killed outside child development center

    Posted on: 6:33 am, August 5, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:12am, August 8, 2013

    Center director was concerned about blood left at the scene as children arrived this morning.
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  • Commission studies child sex laws following teacher’s arrest

    Posted on: 12:26 pm, July 23, 2013, by

    Should high school students get in trouble for relationship's with 'older' students
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  • $70,000 school playground burns

    Posted on: 9:02 pm, July 21, 2013, by , and , updated on: 01:58pm, July 22, 2013

    The fire burned part of the playground and damaged two windows on the building.
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  • Many fireworks are illegal in Virginia

    Posted on: 11:15 am, July 1, 2013, by , updated on: 12:51pm, July 1, 2013

    Are sparklers allowed where you live? Check out the rules from the State Fire Marshal's Office.
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  • New driving laws on the books in Virginia

    Posted on: 12:28 pm, June 27, 2013, by , updated on: 09:18pm, June 27, 2013

    The new laws will affect those who text-and-drive, teen drivers and moped operators.
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  • Councilman makes Richmond baseball stadium pitch

    Posted on: 12:35 pm, June 24, 2013, by , updated on: 01:08pm, June 24, 2013

    Richmond Flying Squirrels following developments closely.
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  • Judge declares mistrial in teacher’s aide case

    Posted on: 1:54 pm, June 20, 2013, by , and , updated on: 07:17pm, June 20, 2013

    A new trial date was set for Oct. 30, 2013.
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  • Ex-teacher’s aide calls touching ‘unintentional’

    Posted on: 12:56 pm, June 19, 2013, by , and , updated on: 06:53pm, June 19, 2013

    During jury selection, a supervisor with Richmond Public Schools’ security said he will testify during the trial.
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  • Therapist sentenced for sex crimes against kids

    Posted on: 1:15 pm, June 18, 2013, by and

    "Like a wolf in sheep's clothing," a victim's family member said outside of court.
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  • Dominion expects full restoration by Sunday

    Posted on: 12:14 pm, June 14, 2013, by , updated on: 01:16pm, June 14, 2013

    Spokesperson says most should have power back on by Saturday night, Sunday morning.
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