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Meet Serene Branson, Whose Garbled Grammy Report Went Viral [VIDEOS]

Feb 14, 2011 – 2:06 PM
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Torie Bosch Contributor

After CBS Los Angeles' Serene Branson struggled during a live pre-Grammy appearance, slurring her words, many online rushed to judgment. "Drunk? CBS Reporter Speaks Utter Gibberish at Grammys," read a Fox Nation headline.

And this morning, a number of reports had been circulating the claim that Branson was taken to the hospital to undergo tests, in case she suffered a stroke. But later today, CBS Los Angeles posted a statement online clarifying what happened.
Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast. Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized. As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home, and she says that she is feeling fine this morning.
One thing that has gotten lost in all the hubbub over the clip: her career.

Branson went from being a freelancer to working for CBS Sacramento KOVR in November 2005 and worked on several meaty stories there. She witnessed the execution of Clarence Ray Allen, who was put to death by lethal injection in January 2006 for the murders of three people. She also covered Arnold Schwarzenegger during his governorship.

She left Sacramento in November 2007 after two years to return to her hometown of Los Angeles. Just two weeks ago, she helped cover the story of a 60-year-old driver shot outside of a liquor store.

During her career, she has been nominated twice for Emmy Awards.

Sunday wasn't her only red-carpet coverage. In 2009, she reported on the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

Watch some of her other reports below.

Sept. 4, 2008: Branson reported on a missing family.

In August 2008, Branson reported on some sharks off the California coast.

Sept. 29, 2008: Branson discussed the skyrocketing prices of gold and silver.

A 30-carat diamond ring? Branson reported on an enormous jewel last Valentine's Day.

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