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 August 15, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Kathi Goertzen, 1958-2012

Someone who touched all communities
Thank you for featuring the cover story “A life of service, even as she faced death,” on Kathi Goertzen [“page one, Aug. 14]. Sorry to hear about the passing of a very good journalist.
We have all lost a good inspiration; she touched so many, and was a true journalist and inspiration for lot of people. I am a small editor of a Punjabi-English magazine that reaches to the Indian community, and I just wanted to share that she has not only touched the American community, but all communities.
— Sarab Singh, Kent
 Originally published August 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM | Page modified August 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Longtime TV anchorwoman Kathi Goertzen dies after battle with tumors

Kathi Goertzen, one of the most recognized and trusted anchors in local TV news for a generation, died Monday after a 14-year struggle with recurring brain tumors.

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Memories of Kathi Goertzen
Gov. Chris Gregoire said: "She put her heart and soul into every story, and was a warm and welcome presence at the anchor desk every evening. As her fight against brain tumors waged on, we saw yet another side of Kathi. She was courageous, fearless and inspirational. Not afraid to share her own story, she remained strong, with that beautiful smile, to the end. Kathi brightened our lives and leaves a remarkable legacy."
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn: "Kathi Goertzen was a successful and accomplished journalist who approached her work with integrity, compassion and a dedication to the public good. Her strength and resiliency during her illness made her an inspiration to many in our community. She will be long remembered in Seattle for her accomplishments at the anchor desk as well as her grace in the face of adversity. Kathi was beloved by the people of Seattle, and we will miss her."
Jim Clayton, senior vice president and general manager of KOMO-TV, reflected, "In the 14 years since her courageous battle began, she always showed compassion for her viewers and colleagues, saying things like, 'I hate to put you through this again but... ' Viewers' support helped her through her ordeals."
Dan Lewis, anchorman at KOMO-TV: "Kathi Goertzen will always be at the heart and soul of our news team. What she brought to KOMO — her spirit, her drive to deliver solid journalism, her love of community, and her love of life — will be felt here at Fisher Plaza and throughout Western Washington for a long time to come."
Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, said: "She has been a true friend, both to me and to all of her fellow Cougs. One who was well-loved by all whom she touched."
Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. said: "Kathi was the embodiment of what we hope our students will become: A consummate professional but also a warm, caring and approachable human being. Countless students have entered the Murrow College because they grew up watching Kathi Goertzen."

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Kathi Goertzen, one of the most recognized and trusted anchors in local TV news for a generation, died Monday after a 14-year struggle with recurring brain tumors.
She was hospitalized late last week with benign but aggressively persistent tumors that had already attacked her elegant face and voice before finally leaving her unable to breathe on her own.
In her final days, she was visited bedside by her large Seattle family, including two daughters, father, sisters, pastor and colleagues at KOMO-TV. She was 54.
Ms. Goertzen, a Seattle native, anchored KOMO newscasts for nearly three decades. She first arrived at the station as a fresh-out-of-college intern in 1979, then joined with anchorman Dan Lewis on Sept. 21, 1987, forming a team that would last more than 20 years.
Indicative of her accessible approach, Ms. Goertzen publicly aired her declining health. In a 2011 news story, she faced full camera to show nerve damage on the left side of her face that left her unable to smile. "I'm not one to hide," she said.
When Ms. Goertzen went into intensive care late last week, colleagues at KOMO asked for prayers of support. Within a day, thousands of people tweeted their prayers, and thousands more commented on her Facebook page.
"All weekend long I thought about her," said Darcy Eakins, 36, who drove from West Seattle to join a vigil outside the KOMO news studios. A poster of Ms. Goertzen, glowing in a red blazer, was surrounded by flowers, candles and pictures of her. A television played KOMO's tribute coverage.
Sandra Vest, 50, said she burst into tears when she learned of Ms. Goertzen's passing.
Ms. Goertzen had inspired her to keep fighting her own battles against domestic violence and homelessness, Vest said, while she was living at a YWCA shelter with her children.
"She was a strong woman, but very warm and compassionate," Vest said. "She didn't make me feel intruded on. Even in front of cameras and lights, she put me at ease."
When in public, co-anchor Lewis said, "the two words I hear more than almost any other: 'How's Kathi?' "
"So many people have come to learn what a strong brave woman she is, what a fighter she is," said Lewis, choking up. "People have really come to admire that, and they respond."
Ms. Goertzen maintained an outsized civic profile with volunteer work, not always publicized, for youth-serving nonprofits. She spoke for the past 24 years at annual luncheons for the YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish counties, and led a $43 million capital campaign as board president for the organization.
Ms. Goertzen was "a complete person," said longtime KOMO weatherman Steve Pool.
"She has this aura, this ethos that permeates the newsroom," said Pool. "There is an elegant class about Kathi that goes along with her undeniable ability to do what she does on a daily basis."
Kathryn L. Goertzen grew up in Seattle, the second-oldest of Irma and Don Goertzen's four daughters. Irma Goertzen, a nurse, was administrator of the University of Washington Medical Center, the first woman in the country to run a major teaching school. She instilled civic duty into her daughters, said Pool.
"If you met her mother, you'd understand Kathi," Pool said.
Ms. Goertzen swam for Queen Anne High School (which closed in 1981), then graduated from Washington State University, and remained a vocal Cougar fan in this Husky town.
Victoria Martinsen, who has known Ms. Goertzen since childhood, joined family and friends at her bedside early Monday.
"There were a lot of people at the hospital, and just a huge amount of love," Martinsen said. "It was both heart wrenching and beautiful."
"I will really miss her," Martinsen said. "She was a great mom, a great friend, a great daughter. And that's what I went into her [room] and said to her this morning, actually, 'You've done a wonderful job with your life.' "
Arriving at KOMO at the age of 22, Ms. Goertzen developed a reputation as a dogged but compassionate reporter. She first anchored a broadcast in 1982, and she quickly came to own an anchor chair.
She infused reports with humor, quipping after a feature on a mud-caked rhino that had just been introduced to a mate, "That one guy might improve his chances if he'd take a bath."
Eric Johnson, a longtime KOMO reporter and anchor, said Ms. Goertzen had a unique, subtle way of telling viewers "that she's one of us."
"She was as comfortable having tea with the queen as she would be in the corner saloon, BS-ing with blue-collar workers," said Johnson. "She was comfortable in her own skin, and people were drawn to that. She was magnetic in that way."
Ms. Goertzen won five Emmy Awards and one Edward R. Murrow award, priding herself on her ability to carry a breaking-news broadcast without a script.
"Kathi had a way of making people feel at ease," said KOMO news director Holly Gauntt. "She would disarm them because she's so down to earth and so funny."
Ms. Goertzen's long collaboration with Lewis, Pool and Johnson led to shared family vacations at Suncadia, Lake Quinault Lodge, Hawaii and elsewhere.
Ms. Goertzen met her husband, KOMO account executive Rick Jewett, in the late 1980s while he was a freelance news photographer. Ms. Goertzen had a daughter, Alexa, now 23, from a previous marriage, and a 17-year-old daughter, Andrea, with Jewett.
Ms. Goertzen proudly played recordings of Alexa's singing or videos of Andrea's softball games on her iPhone for colleagues. In a Seattle Times story that appeared on Mother's Day, Ms. Goertzen said she was trying to "hang on for long enough" to find a cure for her tumors.
"We try to keep those thoughts out of our heads," Andrea Jewett said.
Ms. Goertzen endured her first surgery to remove a brain tumor, a rare type of meningioma, in 1998 after she experienced hearing loss.
Eight subsequent surgeries could never completely remove the growth. Repeated rounds of radiation and experimental treatments in Europe couldn't, either.
She continued working even after giving up the anchor chair, and kept viewers updated on her health, including the surprisingly candid images of her facial disfigurement.
"I've never hidden this whole experience of what happened to me," said Ms. Goertzen in a 2011 KOMO story. "Now I'm showing it off."
Before her ninth surgery in February, Ms. Goertzen returned to the newsroom for hugs and pictures with the staff.
"It was almost as if people had an inkling that she wouldn't be able to come back again," said Johnson.
Ms. Goertzen is survived by her husband, Rick Jewett, two daughters, Alexa Jarvis and Andrea Jewett, and her mother and father Irma and Don Goertzen, all of Seattle, and her three sisters.
Jonathan Martin: 206-464-2605 or jmartin@seattletimes.com.
On Twitter @jmartin206.


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