Wendy Gordon, KOIN anchor in 1970s, dies

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Wendy Gordon died in Calfornia after an illness

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The KOIN 6 News family is remembering one of our own – Wendy Gordon passed away at the age of 71 after a battling an illness.

Wendy Gordon, who was an anchor at KOIN 6 in the 1970s, died December 22, 2020 at the age of 71. (KOIN file, undated)

Wendy’s career spanned several decades and markets, but notably she served as one of the first female anchors for KOIN in the 1970s.

She also reported on the eruption of Mount St. Helens and went on to host her own talk show.
Those who knew her say they remember her voice and presence around the newsroom.

“So it wasn’t any surprise when she went back to Los Angeles, she had already connections to the movie industry that producers would ask her to do small parts where they needed a newscaster,” said former KOIN colleague Marki Maizel, who was the first female anchor.

Wendy passed away in Pasadena, California. Her ashes will be spread along the Oregon coast.

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