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Nose For News

by Laural Porter

Posted on August 17, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

So, maybe after all these years in the TV news business, I really have developed a nose for news.
Many of you are wondering if W-C Fields, Karl Malden, or maybe Jimmy Durante have replaced me here on Newschannel 8.

I have received some very nice emails from viewers concerned about me.
I appreciate the kind way you have asked why my nose is suddenly so large!

One viewer,Stephen, wrote:

Laural. I love watching you on kgw, I watch every night at 11:00. I do not want this to sound rude or to offend you in any way but the other night when I was watching the news I noticed your nose looked kind of big, Did you get in a car accident? if everything is fine then maybe it is just my TV. I was just concerned.

Others have wondered if maybe I got hit by a baseball...
or my favorite, from the movie, "The Santa Claus".
Remember when Tim Allen suddenly gains a lot of weight... as he transformed into the Jolly Old Elf.
His explanation... he got stung by a bee, a really BIG bee.

Discussion about my nose is even showing up on local blogs.
So, I thought you should hear it straight from the horse's mouth... er nose.

I recently had surgery to correct a deviated septum. It's something that's bothered me since I was a kid.
I finally decided it would be nice to breathe through my nose.
My doctor thought I'd be good to go on the air in a couple of weeks.
In reality, I probably needed at least another week.

So, I have spackled on loads of makeup under my eyes to cover up stubborn bruises...
But, there hasn't been much I can do to diminish the swelling of my nose.

Three days, ago I hosted a "Komen Race For the Cure" Event for the Top 100 fundraisers.
I was still bruised, and my nose, well you know what it looks like.
I was embarrassed, and wondered if I should back out.
But, then I thought, hey, what I am going through pales in comparison to what breast cancer survivors endure.
They proudly show up for the "Race For the Cure" wearing pink caps over bald heads from chemo treatments.

Compared to that, what I have is a mosquito bite, or okay, a really big bee sting.

For me, this will pass. I hope.

Or I hope you can get used to W-C Fields delivering your news.
You can even call me a news hound, now.
Meantime, I'll keep my nose to the grindstone... hoping that might make it smaller.