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WSFA Anchor John O’Connor Recovering from Open Heart Surgery

Viewers of WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala, may have noticed the absence of anchor John O’Connor over the past two weeks. He had good reason to be out. On Wednesday, November 5, O’Connor, 58, had unexpected open heart surgery and six bypasses.

“I went from not even thinking about it and less than a week later, I’m on the operating table,” O’Connor told WSFA reporter Morgan Carlson.

In the video above, O’Connor explains how it all started about two weeks ago, when he experienced some chest pain climbing a flight of stairs. The pain progressed over the weekend, spreading from the right side of his chest to a numbness in his arm. That’s when he went to the the walk-in clinic and received his diagnosis.

Doctors told O’Connor that his heart is otherwise healthy and that his condition was genetic.

O’Connor will spend the next several weeks in recovery. His anchor chair will be waiting for him upon his return: “When John is ready to come back, we will welcome him, and you will see him anchoring and reporting on WSFA 12 News again.”

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WKBN Wears Purple to Support Chief Meteorologist’s Cancer Battle

WKBN encouraged the community to wear purple yesterday in support of chief meteorologist Don Guthrie, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Yesterday was Guthrie’s 44th anniversary at the Youngstown CBS affiliate. Watch WKBN’s report:

Dave Rexroth Thanks Viewers For ‘Thoughts, Prayers, and Encouragement’

dave rexrothWXYZ chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth, who is recovering from a fireworks accident over the 4th of July that left him without vision in his left eye, has posted a thank you note to viewers for their well-wishes on Facebook:

“Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you,” says Rexroth. “Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I’ve been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever. Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this. Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly.”

Rexroth will undergo surgery today, beginning the process of receiving a prosthetic eye, according to WXYZ. He is expected to return in September.

WJAC Anchor Marty Radovanic Diagnosed With Cancer

Marty Radovanic, a WJAC anchor who has been on the air in Johnstown, Pa. for four decades, revealed last night that he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was diagnosed a month ago and began treatment last week, he said on Tuesday’s evening newscast.

“I was really depressed. Then I said, ‘No, I’m not going to let this sickness rule my life,’” Radovanic said. “My attitude is pretty simple: Cancer picked the wrong guy to mess with.” Watch:

WKBN Meteorologist Diagnosed With Cancer

WKBN-WYTV meteorologist Don Guthrie has been battling pancreatic cancer since December, he revealed in a report that aired this week on the Youngstown CBS affiliate. On a recent trip to Columbus for treatment, Guthrie brought along anchor Stan Boney, who interviewed the longtime meteorologist and his family.

“Hopefully I am going to get the thing under control and beat it,” Guthrie said. “…I love doing my job. I love trying to outfox Mother Nature every day, so I am looking forward to it.” Watch:

WBBH Meteorologist Jim Reif Injured in Bike Accident

jim reifWBBH director of meteorology Jim Reif was injured in a bike accident Sunday afternoon, the Fort Myers NBC affiliate reports.

Reif was thrown to the ground after his bike hit a sign on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. According to WBBH, he hit his head on the curb and suffered traumatic injuries to the head.

Reif joined Waterman Broadcasting, WBBH’s parent company, in 1999 as chief meteorologist for WZVN, the ABC affiliate in Fort Myers. Currently, he serves as director of meteorology for both stations. He recently got engaged to be married.

Watch WBBH’s report after the jump. Read more

KPRC Reporter Mary Benton Takes Medical Leave of Absence

mary bentonMary Benton is taking a leave of absence from KPRC as she prepares to undergo surgery, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

The veteran reporter will be off the air for four to six weeks after her upcoming surgery to treat anemia, she tells McGuff.

“This means I will miss February ratings and, as I mark my 20th anniversary with Channel 2 this year, I hate to be away from our viewers and important stories in our community,” Benton said. “I look forward to getting back on my feet and back to reporting for Channel 2.”

Jessica Sanchez Returns to WKMG After Cancer Treatment

jessica sanchezWKMG traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez is returning to the Orlando CBS affiliate nearly a year after she was diagnosed with cancer, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“I am pleased to announce that Jessica Sanchez continues to get positive news from her doctors,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said. “Jessica tells us her oncologist reports recent tests are negative, and after a year-long battle, her cancer is gone.”

Sanchez told the Boedeker that she will return to the station behind the scenes and work on a part-time basis temporarily.

“I’ll see how I feel, getting caught up, relearning the traffic equipment, reprogramming my body to wake up at 2 a.m.,” Sanchez said. “They want to see how I do with all of that. I want to go back and go back for good. I think it’s the best way to go back in part time and get used to everything.”

WDTN Host Sallie Taylor Recovering After Health Scare

sallie taylorWDTN‘s Sallie Taylor is recovering from a major health scare that caused bleeding in her head and neck, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Taylor told the Daily News that she originally thought she had a migraine. When she finally went to the hospital, she was listed in critical condition and airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus. Taylor spent four days in intensive care while doctors treated her for the bleeding, which was caused by a blood vessel that broke away from an artery.

“Everything goes through your mind: Is this going to happen? Am I going to live? Am I going to die?” Taylor said.

Taylor, who currently works as a gust co-host for WDTN’s “Living Dayton,” wrote a Facebook post thanking her friends and family: “Blessed to have you all in my life! Hug and Kiss your family and friends. Tell them you love them. Live for today,” she wrote.

KTTV Anchor Julie Chang Has a Brain Tumor

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“Good Day LA” entertainment anchor Julie Chang has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Fox O&O announced on its morning newscast this morning.

“In the next few days and weeks, the tumor will go, the hair will grow back and I will recover with the warmth you have given me since my first day here on Fox 11,” Chang said in a message to viewers read by Steve Edwards (video above).

The tumor was found by a CT scan that Chang had after a surfing accident a few months ago. She will have surgery this week.

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