It was announced today that longtime KOMO News anchor Kathi Goertzen has died after a long battle with brain tumors. A fixture in the Northwest, and an inspiration to many, Goertzen's passing brought sadness, reflection, and a flood of memories from those who worked with her, knew her, or just grew up watching her on the nightly news.
"Our co-worker, our angel, our precious friend, Kathi Goertzen, died today, surrounded by her loving family. 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," writes KOMO News Director Holly Gauntt on the station's website.
"As the face of KOMO news for twenty years, Kathi Goertzen was a successful and accomplished journalist who approached her work with integrity, compassion, and a dedication to the public good," says Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in a statement released Monday afternoon. "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."
"My heartfelt condolences to Kathi's family, her friends, and all who welcomed her into their homes through the medium of television," says King County Executive Dow Constantine in a statement on Goertzen's passing. "Kathi leaves a legacy of kindness, professionalism, and strength as she gracefully battled her illness for more than a decade. She was an icon of television news in the Pacific Northwest, and she will be missed."