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Longtime WFMZ anchor Rob Vaughn to retire after 37 years

After nearly four decades as the face of WFMZ-TV, Rob Vaughn is calling it a career.

The longtime news anchor announced his retirement Friday during the station’s 5 p.m. newscast. His last broadcast will be July 12, according to the Lehigh Valley-based station.

“It’s time for me to call it a day here at WFMZ-TV. I’ve been at the anchor desk for almost 37 years, and it’s time — time to retire,” Vaughn said according to a video of his announcement posted by the station. “I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while. My wife Angela has been retired for a few years, and she has been nudging me to join her in retirement.”

Vaughn, who in late March took a leave of absence from the anchor desk for around a month while he underwent treatment for prostate cancer, said that diagnosis did not factor into his decision to retire.

“Actually, I had planned a mid-2024 retirement well before my cancer diagnosis, and I’m really just sticking to that timeline,” Vaughn said during his announcement.

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Vaughn started at WFMZ in 1987, taking the anchor spot, and has earned several Emmy nominations during that time. The station said it will honor his career with a special broadcast at 6:30 p.m. July 10.

Wendy Davis, Vaughn’s co-anchor for more than 20 years, paid tribute to him in a video posted on WFMZ.com.

“When you’re in that situation with an anchor and co-anchor there is this balance. You really have to trust the other person and kind of have a chemistry and get into a groove — and it was like effortless with him,” Davis said in the video.

Vaughn followed in the footsteps of his father, who was a newsman with WCBS Radio in New York, according to a 1994 Morning Call profile. He graduated from Temple University in 1979 with a bachelor of arts degree in radio and film. He went on to several stints in radio, including as co-news director of WBRE-Radio in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

After the station was sold and everyone there was let go, Vaughn took a job with The Associated Press, where he received the most important training of his news career, he told The Morning Call in that profile. He was working there the day President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley.

WFMZ anchor Rob Vaughn speaks at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in 2013. (Morning Call file photo)
WFMZ anchor Rob Vaughn speaks at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in 2013. (Morning Call file photo)

“I was editing the first report that we put on the air,” Vaughn said. “It was delivered by Walter Rodgers, the AP Radio White House correspondent, and I edited it on his behalf, and got it on the air for the affiliates to use.”

His life nearly took a different path when he entered a seminary in 1983, going on to earn two master’s degrees from the Protestant non-denominational Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield. He planned to work on his doctorate, but reconsidered when thinking about how he would make ends meet for his family.

His entry into the television business came when he got a call from WFMZ founder and owner Dick Dean.

“The television experience came largely out of the blue,” Vaughn told The Morning Call in 1994.

WFMZ-TV news anchor Rob Vaughn and his wife Angela celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2018.
WFMZ-TV news anchor Rob Vaughn and his wife, Angela, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2018. (Courtesy Rob Vaughn)

Vaughn first shared anchor duties at the station with Kathy Craine. In addition to anchoring at WFMZ, Vaughn has narrated documentaries and written op-eds, some of which have appeared in The Morning Call.

WFMZ did not immediately announce its plans for replacing Vaughn.

Vaughn lives with his wife, Angela, in Bucks County. He has three children: Jim, Elizabeth and Stephanie.

His son Jim anchors WFMZ’s 4 p.m. newscast and co-hosts “The Big Ticket” high school football highlights show for the station.

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