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KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Makes First Appearance Following Latest Surgery

Kathi Goertzen and Dan Lewis, the longtime KOMO anchor team, were back together on Tuesday at a charity luncheon in Seattle. It was Goertzen’s first public appearance since undergoing her latest surgery to combat brain tumors.

“Her voice is very weak–it’s only been 6 weeks since the surgery, and she has to walk with a cane because she is still having some balance problems,” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt said. “In typical Kathi fashion though, with a quiet voice, she made everyone laugh with a couple jokes.”

Goertzen has been speaking at the annual YWCA luncheon every year since it began 24 years ago. Read more

Following Live Webcast, KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Undergoes All-Day Surgery

Longtime KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who has gained a significant following online as she continues to battle brain tumors, underwent an all-day operation on Wednesday to reduce the size of the tumors.

The surgery came a week after KOMO hosted a live webcast with Goertzen, in which the anchor discussed her upcoming operation with viewers.

On Wednesday evening, after a day of posting updates on her Facebook page, Goertzen’s family announced that the surgery was finished.

“The surgery was tough but successful and [the lead surgeon] is positive about what they were able to accomplish today in de-bulking the tumors,” Goertzen’s family wrote, in a post that has received over 5,000 Likes. “Thank you for everything today!” Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen to Undergo More Surgery on Growing Brain Tumor

Popular KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen is undergoing another round of surgery to reduce the size of a brain tumor she’s been battling for over a decade.

Goertzen recently underwent an MRI and doctors determined this week that surgery would be required.

“Doctor saw some tumor growth so wants to do surgery.. again!” Goertzen wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.  “Will keep you posted when. Really appreciate your good thoughts and prayers. As one of my FB friends wrote, “There’s no room for fear and faith in this house!”. Dread, maybe. :)

Seattle viewers have been closely following Goertzen’s battle with the non-cancerous tumor as she has been in and out of the hospital several times over the past year.

Kathi Goertzen on Her Will to Work Following Brain Surgeries: ‘I Love the News’

“I love my business, and I love the news,” longtime KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who has undergone a series of operations to minimize the presence of persistent brain tumors, said in a recent interview with Eric Johnson, KOMO’s sports director.

“Some days, it’s easier than others. Some days, I feel good. And you know, I feel I could conquer the world.  Some days it’s just enough to put one foot in front of the other, and make a step forward. And not to give up,” Goertzen told Johnson, discussing her will to work as she copes with the effects of numerous brain surgeries.  Video inside… Read more

In Seattle, KING’s ‘Evening Magazine’ Names KOMO Anchor Kathi Goertzen Woman of the Year

As part of Seattle’s annual “Best of Western Washington” awards, KING‘s “Evening Magazine” has named Kathi Goertzen, an anchor at rival station KOMO, “Woman of the Year.”

For the past decade, Goertzen has publicly struggled with a benign brain tumor that has left her unable to anchor daily newscasts. Instead, she continues to work at KOMO in a variety of other roles, from special interviews to production work.

Although Goertzen’s facial nerves were recently compromised, her sense of humor remains intact. When “Evening Magazine” host Meeghan Black presented Goertzen with the award, the longtime KOMO anchor said she would display it next to another one of her prized awards.

“The one I have on my desk is ‘Newscaster You’d Most Like To See Naked,’” Goertzen quipped. “I have that one on my desk. This will go right next to it.” Video inside. Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Sits Down With Ted Koppel

KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who Seattle viewers are starting to see more regularly as she recovers from an ongoing battle with a benign brain tumor, sat down this weekend with Ted Koppel (watch the video, above).

Koppel, in town to accept the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism, told Goertzen that he may never retire. “I’m afraid it’s part of my DNA,” he said.

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen, Battling a Brain Tumor, Interviews Bob Woodruff

KOMO‘s Kathi Goertzen, who has been battling a brain tumor that has drastically altered her career, recently sat down with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff and discussed what it’s like to overcome an unexpected affliction.

“Bob’s injuries are no longer physical. While his head was torn open by shrapnel, mine has been torn by a relentless brain tumor,” Goertzen said. “While the physical result for me has been a half-frozen face and a constant battle, Bob thinks our ability to change ties us together” (video above). Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Returns to the Hospital

Veteran KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen is back in the hospital this week, continuing an ongoing 11-year battle with a benign brain tumor.

Goertzen, who has been with the Seattle ABC affiliate for more than 30 years, writes on her Facebook page that she has returned to the hospital with an infection from her last surgery. “I swear I’m ready to slug the next person who pokes around in my head!” Goertzen writes. “That is until I take a walk around the nearby oncology ward. Then I remember. It’s not so bad.”

Goertzen’s Facebook page has seen an outpouring of well-wishes from her nearly 70,000 fans. Her co-anchor, Dan Lewis, reported this week on his Facebook page that Goertzen’s tumor is not growing — but asked for fans to “say a few prayers for Kathi.”

Recovering from Brain Surgery, KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Suffers Unexpected Medical Setback

Longtime KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who is recovering from a brain operation performed in February, had an unexpected medical setback last week. Goertzen’s beloved dog Oliver yanked her to the ground and she tore her rotator cuff.

Goertzen posted this message to her Facebook page about the incident:

Well, my nice dog Oliver went after a dog as I was getting in my girlfriend’s car. He pulled the retractable (I know) leash. It pulled me down on the ground. Now, I can’t lift my arm and I have a torn rotator cuff! At least it wasn’t my head.

Goertzen, who is on leave from KOMO, has been courageously battling a brain tumor for the past 11 years. Last month’s surgery was an effort to reduce the size of the tumor while also trying to save her weakened facial nerve, which has caused Goertzen to lose control of much of her face.

Oliver appeared in a recent KOMO segment about Goertzen’s battle. Video inside… Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Finally Returns Home from the Hospital

Longtime KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen, who had to return to the hospital last week after a setback following her brain surgery, is now resting at home.

Goertzen was able to leave the hospital on Tuesday and the following was posted to her Facebook page:

Kathi is going home from the hospital today! She has been back in the hospital for several days while doctors treated an infection that developed after the surgery. They have successfully done that and are letting her go home. It goes without saying that she’s thrilled to be going home. She’s sick of being in the hospital!

Goertzen underwent a 10-hour brain operation on February 2nd to remove parts of a tumor, which she has been battling for the past 11 years. She initially returned home on February 5th, following the surgery, but has been back in the hospital since February 8th. Read more

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