Reporter Who Garbled Words During Grammys Report Says She Was ‘Terrified’; Doctors Appear to Have Pinpointed the Cause

Feb 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson returned to the station’s newsroom Thursday to discuss her now infamous Grammy Awards report, in which she garbled her words, leading to concern she had suffered an on-air stroke, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Branson, who watched the clip of her report while at the station, said she was "frustrated and terrified because the words I wanted to come out were not coming out," the story notes.

Doctors have said her condition was the result of a "migraine with aura," which can have symptoms resembling a stroke such as difficulty speaking and loss of vision, the article adds. Branson said her mother suffers from the same medical condition.

Recalling the night of the Grammys, Branson said she started to feel nauseous and dizzy, with a pounding head. "As soon as I opened my mouth," she said, "I was like watching myself in a movie. I knew what I wanted to say, but I couldn’t say it."

She went home that night and went to sleep, but her mother persuaded her to go to the hospital the next morning, the story says. Branson says she wants to return to her job as a general assignment reporter. "I’m looking forward to covering the Oscars," she said.


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