TAMARA IWERKS, age 54, died Friday May 14, 2021 in a hiking accident on the Rogue River Trail, Oregon. Tamara is survived by her immediate family, her parents, Don and Betty Iwerks, of Ojai, California, her husband, Daniel Webster; her sister Leslie Iwerks, brothers Larry and John Iwerks; sister-in-law Chris Chapman; aunt Barbara Miller of Carlsbad, CA. and her beloved dog Milo.
Tamara was born on September 25, 1966 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Panorama City, California. She attended Horace Mann Elementary School, John Muir Junior High, and Burbank High School. She received her B.A. in Journalism at Cal State University Northridge, followed by a successful career as an on-camera reporter and anchor at Channel 2 News in Casper, Wyoming, WJBK TV2 in Detroit, Michigan, WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida and Channel 11 in Los Angeles, California. She won a News & Documentary Emmy Award for her impactful reporting on climate change.
For the last twenty years she has been the Director of Media Relations at PremiereTV, a broadcast media publicity company, overseeing satellite media tours, press junkets, radio media tours and more. Tamara lived in Ojai, California and Red Lodge, Montana with her husband Daniel. She enjoyed being near and spending precious time with her parents and family in Ojai and her wide coterie of friends from Burbank and Red Lodge. Tam was an avid hiker, wine enthusiast and curiously intrigued with Bigfoot and Mermaids! She had a fun, mischievous sense of humor and a heart of gold – she was arguably Neil Young’s #1 music fan, having traveled the world to attend his countless concerts over the last thirty years. Tam lived and loved her life to the fullest. She wanted all stray animals to have loving homes, our pristine wilderness to be protected, and the LA Dodgers to always win. She left this earth doing what she loved: hiking in nature, surrounded by her beloved husband and dear friends. We will miss her terribly and will carry her love, memories and her lifelong gifts to us in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks to make donations in her name to her favorite charities: The Ojai Raptor Center in Ojai, California and Beartooth Humane Alliance in Red Lodge, Montana. Please visit Tamara’s memorial website at www.tamaraiwerks.orgfor more information and updates.