WUSA9 sports anchor Kristen Berset has never been shy to share her story. She’s been diagnosed with—and overcome—breast cancer two times now. On Saturday night, her strength, determination, and bravery on and off the job was honored with the Capital Emmys’ Ted Yates Award.
“There was no way I was gonna hide my story if I could help just one person feel better about what they were having to go through,” said KB, as she’s known around the WUSA9 newsroom.
Kristen was just 27 years old and six months into a new job at WBFF in Baltimore when she was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time. The Florida native was away from family and friends, but found strength in her producer.
“He was my rock,” KB said of Paul Strzegowski. At 19 years old, he had just finished chemotherapy for lymphoma.
“In my mind, God put me at that station in that city for a reason, not just to have the friends and support that I had at WBFF, but to get some of the best treatment at Johns Hopkins,” Kristen said.
It was God that kept her in the area and led her to WUSA9, “Who’s already known very much so for their breast cancer outreach and Buddy Check 9, started by Andrea Roane,” KB added.
Last Fall, cancer struck again.
KB had just returned from her bachelorette party. While hugging her fiancé, she felt a familiar pain
"I just kinda knew," Kristen recalled.
She was enjoying the Florida sun with her mom when she got the call. The cancer had returned.
“I knew what was to come, and I knew how strong I had become,” Kristen said. “I knew I was gonna kick cancer’s big ol’ butt one more time.”
And, she has.
In May, after 6 ½ weeks and 33 radiation treatments, KB rang the bell of hope, signaling the end of her radiation treatment.
While accepting the Ted Yates Award Saturday night, she paid gratitude to those held her up along the way.
“The compassion, the encouragement, the love, support you all have shown me, that is my power. That is my river. Thank you for flowing through me and keeping me strong and keeping me healthy. There’s gonna be good days and bad, but it’s you guys that are gonna lift me up and keep me strong, and I can’t wait to get back to my Channel 9 friends.”
Kristen, from your friends at Channel 9—you inspire us and show us what true strength really means. We can’t wait to have you back at Broadcast House.