KOMO family mourns loss of veteran broadcaster Jane Shannon

SEATTLE -- Veteran afternoon news anchor Jane Shannon passed away unexpectedly this week.

Shannon was not only an award-winning broadcast journalist, but a mother, a master gardener, and someone who loved making just the right gourmet dish for dinner guests.

An Oregon native, Shannon started her radio career at KITI in Centralia, where she was an anchor and the news director. Before coming to KOMO News Radio in 2010, Shannon worked at KXXO-FM in Olympia, KING AM in Seattle, and was a Morning News co-host at KIRO.

Former KOMO News Radio program director Paul Duckworth called Shannon an outstanding talent and a dear friend.

"When I met her the first time in the radio station, she was everything I thought she would be. She was smart. She was always looking for stories that made people feel things," Duckworth said.

Listeners around the Northwest knew Shannon as a passionate journalist, whose mission was always to find out why the story mattered to you. Her friends and co-workers knew her not only for her consummate professionalism, but as a friend who will leave a large hole in the KOMO family.

"Working with Jane, there was never a bad day at work." said Bill Yeend, a former KOMO broadcaster who worked with Shannon for years. "There was never a bad day, because even when things were going not quite as planned, she would figure out something to say or something to do to make you realize that the world doesn't depend on it, that everyone's going to be okay in the end and life is going to go on."

Shannon leaves behind two sons and too many friends to count.