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Rob Vaughn

Anchor / Reporter

Published On: Aug 01 2011 02:33:32 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 28 2013 12:53:32 PM CDT

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Rob Vaughn is the evening co-anchor (with Wendy Davis) of the number-one Nielsen-rated 69 News on WFMZ-TV. An Emmy-winning journalist, Vaughn has been one of the most-watched anchors in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey since 1987 and has worked in radio and television news for more than three decades.

Before joining WFMZ, Vaughn worked for many years in radio news, including positions at WIP-AM in Philadelphia, WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and the Associated Press Radio Network in Washington, DC.

His op-ed essays on faith, family and culture have appeared in the Allentown Morning Call, the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, and elsewhere. His television work includes narration of documentaries seen on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the A & E network.

Vaughn followed his father's footsteps into the news business. Robert Vaughn, a leading voice in radio news, was a pioneer of all-news radio at New York City's WCBS in the 1960s-'80s, and before that at WIP in Philadelphia (the only station where both Rob and his father worked). Rob's son Jim anchors news and sports at WFMZ, and Rob's brother Mike is a videographer for CNBC.

Vaughn's career highlights include: riding atop a Ringling Brothers circus elephant while broadcasting live on WIP; interviewing George H.W. Bush, the Beach Boys, and countless other political figures and celebrities; being editor of the first, breaking reports on network radio (AP Radio) on the shooting of President Reagan by John Hinckley; moderating a colorful debate between Newt Gingrich and James Carville in 2006; covering President Reagan at events in and around Washington, DC in the early '80s; broadcasting live on WFMZ-TV through the blinding dust-cloud of a building implosion; and having his hair catch fire when a studio light exploded and spewed molten glass toward the anchor desk.

Vaughn is a graduate of Summit High School in Summit, N.J., and of Temple University. He holds graduate degrees in theology from Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pa., and serves as a teacher and musical leader in his church.

For a number of years, his family's a cappella singing group "The Vaughn Five" performed in Lehigh Valley churches and other venues, including appearances at Allentown's Mayfair festival of the arts, at Bethlehem's Stabler Arena, and at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, where the stadium crowd gave a rousing ovation to their rendition of the national anthem in 2011.

Vaughn and his wife Angela have been married for more than 30 years. They have three adult children and seven grand-children so far. In 2003, Rob and Angela were named Pennsylvania's "Parents of the Year" at a ceremony attended by Governor Ed Rendell, having been nominated for the honor by a viewer in response to an op-ed piece Vaughn wrote on the occasion of his 25th anniversary.

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