Reporter Slurs During Grammys Report, CBS Denies Stroke

by | February 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM | TV News

Serene Branson (CBS)

Serene Branson (CBS)

What began as a routine post-Grammy Awards wrap up has turned Los Angeles news reporter Serene Branson into a viral video sensation.

Clips of the KCBS veteran slurring her speech during a live report have popped up all over YouTube under titles like “Grammy Reporter Forgets English” and “Hilarious CBS-LA Reporter Serene Branson.”

But her undecipherable utterances may be no laughing matter.

Branson, a seasoned veteran with two Emmy nominations under her belt, began her report with what seemed like an innocent slip of the tongue before her speech completely devolved into incomprehensible jibberish.

“Stroke is the number one possibility,” Dr. John Krakauer, associate professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, told CBS News.

“It’s a lot more common in young people than people realize,” Krakauer said. “About 50,000 people a year have a stroke under the age of 50.”

Initial reports said that Branson – who is well under the half century mark – was hospitalized after the episode.

But this morning, a spokesperson for KCBS told us:  “Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast.  Her vital signs were normal.  She was not hospitalized.  As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home and she says that she is feeling fine this morning.”

The station refused to confirm if or when she would return to work.

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