Serene Branson, the CBS-TV reporter from Los Angeles whose garbled on-air speech after the Grammy Awards stoked fears that she may have suffered a stroke, returned to work yesterday and spoke to her colleagues about her frightening episode. “As soon as I opened my mouth I knew something was wrong,” Branson told anchorwoman Pat Harvey, during a 10-minute segment. “I was having trouble remembering the word for Grammy. I knew what I wanted to say but I didn’t have the words to say it.” Click here for the entire interview.
Branson received medical attention at the scene, and doctors have since confirmed that she likely suffered a complex migraine. “At around 10 o’clock that night I was sitting in the live truck with my field producer and the photographer and I was starting to look at some of my notes,” Branson recalled. “I started to think, the words on the page are blurry and I could notice that my thoughts were not forming the way they normally do.”
Branson said she’s been amazed at the positive response she’s received from people around the world and she’s eager to get back to work, to tell stories instead of being one: “I’ve got to get ready for the Oscars now!”