A long-time news anchor at Portland's CBS affiliate is stepping down. Channel 13 WGME's Kim Block says she's leaving her job of 39 years so she can focus on healing from a traumatic brain injury.
In a statement posted online, Block says a little over a year ago she slipped on her icy driveway and hit her head. By the next day, she says, she experienced vertigo, nausea, pounding headaches, and sensitivity to light and noise. She couldn't drive, cook, read, sort the mail, or even fold socks.
Some important personal news. I’m officially stepping down from my anchor position at @WGME to continue to recover from my traumatic brain injury. Please take a look at my message and join me tonight live at 6pm to say goodbye - for now. >https://t.co/5ehs7a8ww2
— Kim Block (@KimWGME) January 14, 2020
After more than a year of intensive therapy, Block says she's made progress but her recovery is taking longer than expected.
Block will give a live farewell at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. But she says the door is open for a new chapter at WGME someday, and that if she can, she'll find a way to get back on the air.