(DeCandido's novelizations of Anderson's Films)
Sherry Mansfield was a news reporter for Raccoon 7, Channel 7's news service.
In September 2002, Sherry was one of the few members of the news team who hadn't called in sick; this was blamed on a heat wave. Later on she reported on the sudden spree of murders (caused by the T-virus), but was so far out of the loop that Jill Valentine noted her failure to mention the zombies at all.
Due to the section of the story her report takes place at, Sherry Mansfield seems to be based on the "Reporter #1" character from the film.