TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps
NBCUniversal is looking for a Producer, WVIT. next job Bloomberg LP is looking for a Senior Producer. next job KGW is looking for a News Producer. next job WTKR/WGNT TV is looking for a News Producer. next job WKOW TV is looking for a News Director. next job Vidicom is looking for a TV News Writer. next job WPIX11 is looking for a Line Producer. next job KOB - TV is looking for a Morning Executive Producer. see all

Posts Tagged ‘Kathi Goertzen’

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

Mediabistro Course

Public Speaking

Public SpeakingStarting August 14,  develop the public speaking skills you need to speak confidently and with authority to engage any audience! In this course, you'll learn how to captivate an audience, walk, gesture, and position your body to convey strength, interact with displays, notes, and PowerPoint presentations and more. Register now! 
 

Layoffs at Sinclair Stations in Seattle, Portland

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired stations in Seattle and Portland, TVSpy has learned.

A source at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO tells TVSpy that there were 10 layoffs in the station’s newsroom and close to 20 across all Sinclair’s properties in Seattle. They include satellite truck operators, editors, producers and radio reporters and editors.

The source describes the mood at KOMO as “a combination of sadness and nervousness,” noting that the newsroom is a “very tight-knit group” that has been through a lot, including the death of Kathi Goertzen, over the past two years. Staffers are said to be banding together to help laid-off employees find new jobs.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt declined to comment. General manager Janene Drafs did not respond to an email from TVSpy.

In Portland, The Oregonian reports nine people were laid off at ABC affiliate KATU, including “three editors, a writer, a producer, two truck operators and two folks who work with KATU’s web operation, including an executive producer.”

More details? Email us: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

WSU to Dedicate Building to Kathi Goertzen Saturday

Kathi Goertzen, the former Seattle news anchor who died last year after a battle with brain cancer, will have a building at her alma mater named after her.

Washington State University announced the move in March. On Saturday, the school will rename its Murrow Communication Addition on the Pullman campus building the Goertzen Communication Addition for the former KOMO anchor.

“The Communication Addition has many of the same qualities Kathi embodied,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd in making his recommendation for the name change to the WSU Board of Regents. “It is fresh, open, and light with the capacity to foster lively conversations and learning.”

The school, in a press release, said Goertzen’s family and friends will attend the formal dedication ceremony on Saturday September 14 at 11:30 a.m.

WSU to Name Building in Honor of Former KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen

Washington State University has announced plans to name a building at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication after former KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who died last year from complications of brain tumors.

Goertzen graduated from WSU in 1980 and joined KOMO later that year. The building will be known as the Kathi Goertzen Communication Addition and will become home to Murrow College’s nightly newscast, which Goertzen worked for while she was a student.

“We recognize the unique perseverance, hard work and dedication that Kathi demonstrated throughout her professional career and in her personal life,” WSU president Elson S. Floyd said in a statement. “Kathi will forever be remembered as the truest of Cougs whose life is an inspiration to WSU’s alumni, friends and students for years to come.”

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

VIDEO: A Look Back at Kathi Goertzen’s Career

Following the sad news of Kathi Goertzen‘s death, KOMO takes a look back at her long career at the Seattle ABC-affiliate (video above).

KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen Dies After Long Battle With Brain Tumors

Kathi Goertzen, a longtime anchor for KOMO in Seattle, died today after a long fight with brain tumors. She was 58.

News director Holly Gauntt announced the news in a post on the station’s website this afternoon:

The long fight against the tumors that have ravaged her brain is over. She is at peace now, comfortable and surrounded by all that is good. Please know, as we do, that your love enveloped her. It strengthened and encouraged her.

She loved your compassion and concern more than you’ll ever know. You helped her fight a valiant fight. We want to thank each and every one of you for that.

Goertzen was hospitalized over the weekend after developing pneumonia while undergoing treatment for the tumors, which she has battled for more than 10 years.

Goertzen’s career, which spanned more than three decades at the Seattle ABC-affiliate, was significantly altered by non-cancerous brain tumors, which were discovered in 1998. She returned to the station after surgery later that year, but the tumors re-appeared in 2005, eventually compromising her facial features and ability to speak on air. Read more

KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen Back in the Hospital

Seattle ABC-affiliate KOMO has announced that anchor Kathi Goertzen is back in the hospital as a result of her ongoing battle with brain tumors.

“She has had a bit of a setback and is in the hospital again,” a statement on KOMO’s website reads. “As you know, Kathi believes very strongly in the power of prayer and how your love and support give her strength. We know right now Kathi would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

Goertzen developed pneumonia while undergoing treatment for her brain tumors, which she has been fighting for 12 years. She last underwent surgery in April.

NEXT PAGE >>