October 11, 2008

Gonzales, Emmy-Winning Newswoman, Dies

Liz Gonzales, an independent Emmy-winning TV newswoman, has died of cancer in San Francisco. She was 51.

Gonzales, who died Wednesday, founded Gonwest Video Productions with her husband, news photographer Bob Goldsborough, producing news pieces for major networks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Prior to that she worked for TV stations in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston and Albuquerque.

While in Boston, she was with the family of NASA astronaut Christa McAuliffe when the space shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986, killing McAuliffe and the rest of the crew.

Gonzales' last project was Ted Koppel's four-part series on China, which aired this summer.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, her parents and four siblings.