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Video: Serene Branson 'anxious' to get back to work

Posted by Jason Tuohey  February 18, 2011 09:46 PM

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A migraine apparently caused reporter Serene Branson to stumble over her words during coverage of the Grammys, but the reporter says she's "anxious and eager" to get back to work.

Branson became unintelligible while giving a live report on KCBS2 outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night. The video (above) quickly went viral around the Internet, but it also caused concern among many viewers who wondered if Branson was exhibiting signs of a stroke or other serious medical condition.

Doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles, where Branson went to get checked out, said she didn't suffer a stroke but rather a migraine headache that can cause stroke-like symptoms.

Branson was interviewed Thursday by anchorwoman Pat Harvey on KCBS2 about the incident. She said she was "terrified and confused" by what happened, but also that she was looking forward to getting back on the air.

"I’m ready to be telling the story and not be the story," she said.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Editor's note: This post on Serene Branson's speech impairment was initially published Tuesday, Feb. 15. It was updated on Friday, Feb. 18 with news of her medical diagnosis.

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