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WVIT’s Gerry Brooks: ‘I Had No Desire To Trade Cancer Into Ratings Points.’

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Gerry Brooks, anchor at NBC-owned WVIT in Hartford, waited until after the November sweeps to reveal he’d be off the air until January because of surgery for prostate cancer. As Brooks told the Hartford Courant‘s MaryEllen Fillo, he wanted to wait until after the surgery–and after the book–to share the news:

“I don’t want to be the story, I want to tell stories,” said Brooks, one of Connecticut’s favorite anchors. “It made sense to me to just say nothing until I had to and the fact of the matter is I have had friends and relatives who had far worse kinds of cancer and I felt fortunate that what I was dealing with was completely doable and curable,” he said. “And I had no desire to trade cancer into ratings points.”

Brooks said Thursday he has known about the prostate cancer for about a year, but it wasn’t until recently that doctors advised it was time for the robotic surgery to remove the infected gland.

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Brian Garnett, Former WFSB Reporter, Dies of Cancer

Brian Garnett, former reporter for Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. Garnett, who most recently worked as the director of external affairs for the Connecticut Department of Corrections, reported for WSFB for 21 years.

Anchor Dennis House announced the news on the WFSB Sunday newscast, calling Garnett a “top-notch journalist who began his career at WFSB in 1980.” With his voice cracking from emotion, House added, “Brian broke numerous stories around the state.  Brian died earlier today after a long battle with cancer.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family and friends during this sad time,” said Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman in a statement. “He served the State of Connecticut for nearly 12 years—his work in the Department’s communications and legislative units will be missed by his colleagues, and his absence will be felt across the entire agency.” Read more