New WSU building named for Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen | News
Family, friends, and former colleagues will gather at the WSU on Saturday to honor Alumna and northwest news legend, Kathi Goertzen. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communications is renaming it's newest building to honor the anchor that inspired so many around her.
“Kathi Goertzen was a dear friend and a true inspiration to many of us within the WSU community,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “In dedicating this building to her memory, it it my sincere hope that her steadfast dedication to both WSU and her chosen profession will serve as a continuing inspiration to the generations of students who will follow in her path.”
Goertzen was a 1980 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at WSU. For more than 20 years she anchored the evening news at KOMO-TV in Seattle. When the Berlin Wall fell, Goertzen was the first American news reporter to report live from the scene at Brandenburg Gate. In 2005, Goertzen and her co-anchor, Dan Lewis, became the longest-running network affiliate news team on the west side of the United States.
In 1998, Goertzen began a long battle with meningioma, a noncancerous from of brain tumor. Over the next 14 years she underwent five different operations to remove tumors that continued to grow. Kathi Goertezen died of pneumonia, a complication from the recurring meningioma on August 13, 2012.
“We honor Kathi in the most fitting way, by paving the path for a new generation of students,” said Murrow College Founding Dean Lawrence Pintak. “In Kathi's honor we pledge to create a new generation of students armed with the latest technology, yet steeped in the traditions of Edward R. Murrow. It's what we believe she would have wanted.”
Goertzen's husband, parents and two daughters will attend Saturday morning's ceremony. Three of her former colleagues from KOMO, Margo Myer, Eric Johnson and Kelly Koompas, will also be there to honor their friend. All three are graduated of the Murrow College.
The ceremony will begin at 11:30am on the steps of the new Goertzen Communication Addition and is open to the public. The event will also be streamed live at experience.wsu.edu.