Journalist Paul Balcerak as quoted in Lost Remote about the passing of Seattle anchor, Kathy Goertzen.
After a long battle with brain tumors, KOMO TV anchor Kathi Goertzen passed away on Monday, sparking a massive social outpouring in Seattle. A beloved figure in the community, Kathi chronicled her struggles on Facebook even in her final days, which only amplified today’s surprise of her passing. As of this writing, a few hours after the news broke, a new wall post is appearing on Kathi’s Facebook pageevery ten seconds. And photos of her fill my Facebook news feed.
Goertzen’s story exemplifies the journalist-audience relationships that transcend boundaries through social media.
Through her own courage on Facebook, Kathi transcended the anchor-viewer relationship to forge a special bond with the Seattle community. We did know her, and we miss her immensely.