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Today has been a somber day; for those who haven’t heard, Komo news anchor Kathi Goertzen died yesterday at the age of 54. She had a 14-year battle with brain tumors.
My interactions with Kathi have shown me what a fun person she was. I was always amazed at her genuine upbeat and positive attitude she had and she never judged anyone.
She was a really well respected newscaster who was amazing at her job and for some reason decided to do an interview with me while I was still on “The Buzz.” We were “radio for guys” and were the town’s “bad boys” so you wouldn’t think Kathi would ever be on our show for an interview but she was and she was absolutely amazing!
It was an awesome experience to share that stage with her. She was cracking jokes with us, she walked the line with us, and it was one of the most pleasant and fun interviews I have done since being in Seattle!
We’ve had a lot of people come through these doors including major celebrities both local and national but Kathi’s interview was one of the best I’ve ever done. I haven’t met anyone in this town who treated me with such respect and warmth like Kathy did.
In the midst of everything everyone is feeling, I wanted to share a tone of fun because that is what Kathi was.
She was a true gem of the northwest and a sweet human being…she will be truly missed. RIP Kathy Goertzen.
BJ, your blog here is so well-written. Kathi was an amazing journalist and had one of the most contagious smiles. You see it, and you couldn't help but smile yourself. She is the very definition of Brave & Classy. You are so fortunate to have met her.
Any chance you have a recording
of that Interview?
We were blessed to have Kathi report a special story on my daughter at age 6. Kathi got down on the floor and played Barbies for a good 1/2 hour. My daughter and her shared a satsuma and read a book on our couch. Kathi talked about Alexis, how loved out two girls were/are. We shared updates in Christmas cards until the girls turned 18. She has a special place in our family's hearts. My daughter feels like she lost an aunt and I a true friend.