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KOMO Says Goodbye to Dan Lewis with Video Retrospective

Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO said an extended goodbye to anchor Dan Lewis who is leaving the station after 27 years.

While Lewis was known as a newsroom leader who never took a sick day during his long career, he was also known and respected for his luxurious head of hair.

Reporter Eric Johnson may have stolen Lewis’ thunder when he penned the soon to be immortal description of the retiring anchor’s mane, “In the early days it fit like a helmet made out of groovy. Women want to run their fingers through it. Men want to putt on it.”

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Dan Lewis Leaving KOMO After 27 Years


Longtime KOMO anchor Dan Lewis has announced he is leaving the Seattle ABC affiliate.

“Coming to Seattle 27 years ago was the best move I ever made,” Lewis told newsroom staffers Wednesday. “KOMO has been a wonderful place to work and this community is just amazing. It’s a difficult decision that has been two years in the making.”

Lewis started working at KOMO in 1987. One year after arriving, he was paired with Kathi Goertzen. The two worked together for nearly 25 years until Goertzen’s death from brain tumors.

During his four decades in TV news, Lewis covered some of the biggest stories of our time. From the Pang Warehouse fire to the Nisqually earthquake and recently the crash of the KOMO 4 helicopter. Viewers across Washington have come to rely on Lewis for their news.

“Television news,” he told the staff Wednesday, “has been my passion for four decades. To this day I love my job but I just feel like I need a break from the news.” Read more

KOMO Anchor Dan Lewis: ‘This is a Television Station That’s in a State of Shock’

komo chopper crashThe Seattle Times talks to KOMO staffers about what it was like to cover the deadly helicopter crash that killed two contract employees at the Seattle ABC affiliate Tuesday. A third man was severely injured in the crash, which happened as the chopper was taking off from the station’s roof:

Station employees were working at their desks at Fisher Plaza at about 7:40 a.m. when they heard tree branches snapping, then car horns sounding, said longtime anchor Dan Lewis. They rushed to their office windows and watched in horror as a helicopter carrying two of their colleagues burned after crashing seconds before. Reporter Kelly Koopmans reported on air that explosions from the helicopter continued 20 minutes after the crash.

… Lewis said he was about to board a plane for Washington, D.C., where he had a date to interview President Obama. He rushed back to the KOMO newsroom, where he and co-anchor Eric Johnson continued to report live on the tragedy. Read more

Gary Pfitzner and Bill Strothman Identified as KOMO Chopper Crash Victims

bill strothman komoSeattle ABC affiliate KOMO has identified the two victims of this morning’s helicopter crash as Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman (pictured), a former KOMO photographer.

The names were announced by an emotional Dan Lewis and Molly Shen as part of KOMO’s continuing coverage of the crash this afternoon.

Strothman and Pfitzner were employed by the helicopter leasing company that operates KOMO’s chopper. During Strothman’s career at KOMO, he won 13 Emmy Awards. His son, Dan, currently works as a photographer at KOMO, the station said today.

“He was a guy who really knew how his pictures could tell a million words. He focused so much on just getting the right shots, the right video, putting it in the right place in the story,” Lewis said of Strothman on KOMO today.

Shen remembered Pfitzner’s love for his job.  “He always also had a smile on his face,” Shen said. “…He loved what he did, loved to be able to fly and be up there above the city and see things from a perspective that most of us don’t get to see.”

“Such a horrible loss. We’re gonna miss you guys,” Lewis said. “Thanks so much for all that you gave to us and to the families.”

Watch Lewis and Shen talk about Pfitzner and Strothman after the jump. Read more

Seattle Stations Celebrate Super Bowl Victory

Stations in Seattle had extended local coverage of the Seahawks’ victory in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. Fox affiliate KCPQ had the most comprehensive local coverage, piggybacking on Fox’s broadcast of the game. After the national postgame coverage, David Rose and Marni Hughes anchored from 7:22 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. They were joined by Matt Lorch, sports director Aaron Levine from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and several reporters in Seattle covering the local celebrations.

CBS affiliate KIRO reported the news of the Seahawks victory during its regularly-scheduled 6:30 p.m. newscast. Monique Ming Laven anchored until 7:30 p.m. and the station was back on the air from 9 to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight. Chris Francis reported from MetLife Stadium for KIRO.

NBC affiliate KING broke in to regularly scheduled programming at 7:26 p.m. with Dennis Bounds and Lori Matsukawa anchoring. Drew Mikkelsen joined them from MetLife Stadium. KING stayed on the air until 8 p.m. and was back at 10 p.m. for more coverage of the victory celebrations in Seattle.

ABC affiliate KOMO had a brief report about the Seahawks’ win at 7:46 p.m. Dan Lewis and Mary Nam anchored from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Eric Johnson, Mike Ferreri and Jon Humbert reported from MetLife Stadium.

One Week After Joining KOMO, Weekend Anchor Joel Connable Dies at 39

KOMO weekend anchor Joel Connable died Monday from complications of diabetes. He was 39.

Connable joined the Seattle ABC affiliate last week. The station announced his death on Wednesday evening’s 6 p.m. newscast.

“He suffered from diabetes and we’re told likely died from a seizure,” anchor Dan Lewis said. “Joel had an impressive career in broadcasting at stations all over the country. We regret that our KOMO viewers will not get the chance to get to know Joel Connable.”

Connable was just getting back to the television business after a three-year break. He was fired from WTVJ in Miami in 2009 for allegedly violating the NBC O&O’s policy on accepting free gifts. At the time of his death, Connable had a lawsuit pending against the station. Read more

Friends, Family and Colleagues of KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Gather to Celebrate Her Life

Family, friends and colleagues of Kathi Goertzen gathered in Seattle on Saturday to celebrate the life of the KOMO anchor, who died last week of brain tumors.

Dan Lewis, Goertzen’s co-anchor for 25 years, was among those to speak at the memorial. “Kathi and I put our trust in each other early on and never looked back,” he said. (Watch KOMO’s report on the memorial service above). Read more

KOMO Remembers Kathi Goertzen: ‘The Heart and Soul of Our News Team’

Seattle ABC-affiliate KOMO is remembering Kathi Goertzen, a longtime anchor who died yesterday after a long fight with brain tumors. Goertzen’s longtime co-anchor, Dan Lewis, looked back at more than 25 years with the veteran anchor, calling her “the heart and soul of our news team” (video above).

KOMO presented an hourlong special, hosted by Lewis and sports director Eric Johnson, on Goertzen’s life and career last night. The pair were joined by meteorologist Steve Pool and anchor Mary Nam, who shared candid and emotional memories of Goertzen. Read more

Father and Son Share KOMO Anchor Desk

Longtime KOMO anchor Dan Lewis shared the anchor desk for the first time with his son Tim Lewis Tuesday night.

Tim joined the Seattle ABC-affiliate earlier this month as a weekend sports anchor. On Tuesday, he filled in for sports director Mike Ferreri during the station’s 11 p.m. newscast.

“For us, believe me, this is a dream come true,” said Dan. Read more

KOMO Promoting ABC Primetime on Twitter with Help of Anchors, Reporters

“Love ABC Primetime? We do too.”

That’s the message behind #liveonkomo, the ambitious new Twitter initiative from Seattle ABC-affiliate KOMO aimed at boosting primetime ratings by promoting social media interaction among viewers, as well as the station’s on-air talent.

KOMO launched #liveonkomo with the season premiere of “The Bachelorette” earlier this month and Kristi Waite, KOMO’s digital strategist, says that the station plans to promote top ABC shows through the upcoming 2012-13 season, using the model established by the “Bachelorette” debut. Read more

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