We're inundated by pretty faces, blinding white smiles and forced chuckles that follow inevitable b-roll of waterskiing squirrels at the end of many local TV newscasts in America. A modern day scenario that was brilliantly portrayed as something isolated to the 70's in the movie "Anchorman." In many markets, though, it still happens.

Fortunately, many communities are blessed with Anchors we've grown to know and love. I see many great Anchors and Reporters across the country that make me selfishly thank my lucky stars they're not doing commercial voiceover, because they'd likely put many of us out of work.

Here in Seattle, we're blessed to have an Anchor by the name of Kathi Goertzen at KOMO 4 (ABC). I've had the pleasure of getting to know Kathi because we work for the same company, but that came years after I originally got to know her through her nightly newscasts. In college, I had the privilege of attending a panel she hosted at our alma matter, Washington State University, where she inspired me to push beyond rejection.

Today, Kathi continues to capture the hearts and minds of the Puget Sound Region. She is respected beyond imagination for her professionalism!

Kathi is also providing incredible inspiration to viewers by sharing her personal battle against a benign brain tumor that has plagued her through 3 surgeries over 10 years. And she has never complained to her audience once!

On September 24th, Kathi went in for her 4th surgery and doctors, again, removed as much of the feisty tumor as they could. In the near future, Kathi will undergo radiation treatment to hopefully eliminate the final portion that is so delicately close to the base of her brain.

Kathi and her family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can include them in yours!

To see a video from Kathi's co-Anchor, Dan Lewis, click the following.


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Comment by Joey Pepin on September 22, 2008 at 4:08pm
I HEART Kathi Goertzen
Thanks for sharing this story with the rest of the Universe Scott. I have had the pleasure of watching Kathi here in Seattle, never complaining about her health and always smiling.
Comment by Mandy Nelson on September 22, 2008 at 2:06pm
A great tribute and message!

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