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Co-Anchor and Reporter for NBC4 Southern California
Colleen Williams serves as co-anchor of NBC4 Southern California’s weekday newscasts, NBC4 News at 5 p.m and 11 p.m., alongside Chuck Henry. She joined the station in 1986.
An award winning journalist of more than 30 years, Williams is one of the most-recognized anchors in Southern California. She is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including multiple Emmy and Golden Mike Awards in the category of ‘Best Newscast 30 Minutes or Under.’ She also was recognized with a Golden Mike for team coverage of the Chatsworth train crash, and an L.A. Emmy Award for ‘Best Light News Story’ for 'toll Booth Bandits.' Additional awards include an L.A. Emmy and Golden Mike for her work on NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: Rubble to Rebirth;’ and a Golden Mike and Associated Press Award for her coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games Centennial Park bombing for ‘Best Live Coverage of a News Story.’
Prior to joining NBC4, Williams co-anchored the 5 p.m. news at KCBS-TV, and before that she served as co-anchor of the noon and weekend newscasts at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Earlier in her career, she co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscast at WOWT-TV in Omaha.
Attending Creighton University and the University of Nebraska, Williams started her career in broadcasting at the Omaha Public School System, radio station KIOS-FM.
Williams is passionate about supporting social causes impacting Southern Californians. She particiticipates annually at fundraising events for the Rape Crisis Center in Riverside and Casa de Las Amigas, a rehabilitation center for women, in Pasadena, among many other organizations. Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Williams moved across the United States and Canada as an Air Force “brat.” She met her husband, an Air Force major, while on assignment during the Persian Gulf War. They have a grown son and reside in Pasadena
Actress, Model and Cancer Survivor
Angie Everhart has returned to acting, modeling and being a spokesperson after spending almost two amazing years with her infant son. She recently guest starred on Happily Divorced (TV Land) with Fran Drescher and Angie’s comedic side was evident in her hilarious role in Universal/Imagine’s film Take Me Home Tonight starring Topher Grace.
The supermodel/actress’ beautiful mane of red hair (all natural, by the way!) which has become her trademark, has brought her to one of her most exciting ventures to date. Ever will soon debut as the newest line of women’s hair products. Angie has not sat idle while at home caring for her young son. She has been hands on from the bottle design and packaging to the composition of the hair products themselves, taking meticulous care ensuring natural contents, a light fresh scent and amazing results. She will not only be the face of the products, she will actively preside over the company.
Angie skyrocketed from high school mascot to stunning supermodel. Angie was discovered while working at a local fashion show in Akron, Ohio where she grew up. A talent scout recognized her sheer beauty and talent and, with her parents’ permission, took her to New York within two weeks. Just three years later, Angie traveled to France, where she became a top runway model and cover girl for the next 10 years. She still speaks French fluently and has a deep love of Europe.
Angie’s Cancer Story
When I was asked to write about my Cancer story, at first I thought, okay this should be easy. But cancer is anything but easy! My name is Angie Everhart, I have been known as a Supermodel and an actress for most of my life. Looks and physic have played a huge part of my career and the last thing I was thinking about was having my neck cut open for a pain in my shoulder. Yes, that is how I found my cancer. I had a pain in my shoulder so I went to have it checked. The one thing I was not thinking about was CANCER! I thought I over did it in the gym, but after having an MRI, a mass was found in my neck. I didn’t feel bad, I didn’t feel sick, I was not having any cancer symptoms, so I thought, “I’m sure it’s nothing.” After the MRI, I went to have another test where they partially numb the area on your neck with numbing cream and jam a needle in your throat like a jackhammer. They need to move it in a somewhat of a violent matter to get the sample of the tissue, but you have to remember this is directly in the center of your throat near your vocal chords. Anyone that says this test doesn’t hurt is either on a high dose of painkillers or is lying to you! After the results came back the only thing I truly heard was the word CANCER. I was then told it is the “best cancer” to have. But wtf does that mean? Get it out of me! I don’t want to die! I have a little boy that is only four years old! Will I get to see him grow up? Will he not have a mother? You name the fear – thethought crossed my mind! But those are just the first fears because taking a pill for the rest of your life doesn’t seem so bad when cancer is in play. So I opted to have the surgery to have my whole thyroid taken out. I mean it’s CANCER get it out of me right?! Well, if I had taken a moment to listen to those words…”It’s the slowest growing cancer,” and I had done a bit more research and found my letter to you guys then maybe I would have thought twice about taking my whole thyroid out on the first surgery. A second surgery is worth not going through what I am going though now and will continue to go though for the rest of my life.
I wish I had read a letter like this before I had my thyroid taken out. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL TAKEN OUT AND IT IS NOT COMPROMISED – DON’T TAKE IT ALL OUT!!! I took mine out. I would rather have three surgeries or more than have to go through what I went through to get the medication right. And to this day it still isn’t perfect. The first medication the Dr. put me on was Synthroid and my energy was so low, I fell asleep at a stoplight. I was a zombie but a very tired one! The Synthroid made me so forgetful that I would go to get something from my kitchen, and walk to my bedroom and completely forget what I was going to get. Now you may think that I have a big house but it’s not like that at all. We live modestly, and to forget that quickly is beyond frustrating when it happens all day long. The huge side effects of thyroid medication, is memory loss, but this was so bad that I wanted to cry on some days! Actually, I cried on many days because I was no longer the same person with the same amount of energy and zest for life. Sure, I have a positive outlook that I am a cancer survivor, and that every day is a blessing, but those days were really hard to get use to the new me.
We then upped the medication so much so that my hair started to fall out, let me tell you how scary that was, since that is what I make my money off of! Huge clumps of hair everywhere! I went back to the Dr yet again feeling tired because when we put the medication up so high I don’t think I slept for three days! The medication kept me awake for three days in a row. I felt horrible. Not being able to sleep is just as bad as bing tired all the time! So they took me off the synthroid all together and now I am on Amour thyroid which is supposed to be a more natural thyroid medication. Why wouldn’t they put me on that to begin with if it’s more natural??? Your guess is as good as mine.
Anyway, these days my hair is doing great no more falling out, thank God and my medication is under control and I am back to feeling as close to my old self as can be. But I have to take a bunch of medicine to get that way. I had to go to doctors that listened to me and didn’t look at the numbers on the paper. One Dr. said he could not help me because I told him I was tired all the time, he thought I was just complaining. Anyone that tells you it is an easy road to get the thyroid cocktail mixture right,…take their number and go to that doctor! I have talked to so many people now that tell me very similar sad stories. Unfortunatly , this is not an easy road to travel. Some may get lucky and not feel tired but I haven’t met that person yet. I am close to what I was but not quite the same.
Working out on a regular basis helps me a lot too. It really helps with my energy levels and keeps me feeling fit. I really think the gym has helped me as much as anything because the body needs the endorphins and the regular work outs have helped with my mind body and spirit.
Cancer is not easy, and surviving Cancer has been even harder without a thyroid. If you can keep half of yours and see if the cancer has spread to the other half…take that chance. It is the slowest growing cancer there is and “the most curable” so if you want my advise…take it slow. As little as the thyroid is, it sure has made a huge impact without it.
Good luck to you and if you have any more questions you can always tweet me @AngieEverhart and I will respond.
Author and Comedian
Lian Dolan is a writer and broadcaster whose work focuses on the lives of contemporary women. Her broadcast career includes creating and hosting the nationally syndicated talk show Satellite Sisters with her four real sisters. Satellite Sisters, now the top-rated show on iTunes for women, has won twelve Gracie Allen Awards for Excellence in Women’s Media. On Satellite Sisters, Lian has interviewed such role models as Secretary Madeleine Albright, Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou, Sally Ride and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Lian also created the popular podcast The Chaos Chronicles, a humorous look at her life as a working mother. She has appeared on many TV shows, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Lian has written extensively for a variety of media, from print to TV to online. She is the author of two best-selling novels, Helen of Pasadena, which was nominated for Best Fiction by the Southern California Independent Booksellers, and her latest book, Elizabeth the First Wife (Prospect Park Books, May 2013) is being developed for film. In addition, she has written monthly columns for O, the Oprah Magazine and Working Mother Magazine and now writes a regular column for Pasadena Magazine. Her work has appeared on the Huffington Post, Oprah.com and makinglifebetter.com.
Lian graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Classics. She is married and lives in Pasadena, California with her husband, Berick Treidler and two sons, Brookes and Colin.