Rob Vaughn

Rob Vaughn

Anchor / Reporter | Rob Vaughn likes to say that he's been delivering the news on television or radio "since the earth was cooling."

Rob joined WFMZ-TV in 1987 after years on the radio in Philadelphia, Washington DC and elsewhere.  Along the way, Rob has narrated documentaries that aired on the History channel, A & E, and other networks; his op-ed essays have appeared in a number of newspapers; and he once did a live radio report while riding a Ringling Brothers elephant.  He loves coffee, Temple University football and basketball, a cappella singing, and his widely-admired collection of 10 grandchildren (so far).  

Rob has been nominated several times for the Emmy in the News Anchor category in the Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic Emmy region and holds awards from other journalism organizations, including the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Rob has broadcasting in his veins.  His father, Robert Vaughn, is a legendary voice in radio, as listeners in New York (WCBS) and Philadelphia (WIP) will tell you.  Rob's brother Mike works for CNBC.  And Rob's son Jim is also an anchor at WFMZ.  Rob followed his Dad into newscasting and he literally follows his son on the air each afternoon. 

Before coming to WFMZ, Rob reported the news on WIP-AM in Philly (20-some years after his father worked there) and before that was an editor and newscaster with the Associated Press Radio Network in Washington.   At the AP, Rob edited the first network radio report on the shooting of President Reagan and had opportunities to cover Congress and several of the president's events.  After Rob's start in broadcasting at Temple University's WRTI radio, he worked at WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and at stations in Trenton, Princeton and Salem in New Jersey. 

Rob's journey has been marked by many twists and turns, blessings and...oddities.  Once a studio light exploded and set his hair on fire.  Really. 

Rob, his wife Angela, and their kids -- Jim, Elizabeth and Stephanie -- had a wonderful run as "The Vaughn Five," a vocal group that loved complex a cappella arrangements.  They sang concerts at churches and other venues, including Allentown's Mayfair festival, Stabler Arena, and at Allentown's Coca-Cola Park, where an IronPigs baseball crowd of 10,000 gave a rousing ovation to their a cappella rendition of the national anthem in 2011. 

Oddly enough, Rob and Angela were named Pennsylvania's "Parents of the Year" at a ceremony attended by Governor Ed Rendell in 2003.   A viewer who had read Rob's op-ed piece (in The Morning Call) on the joy of being married nominated them for the honor. Rob and Angela's kids, for some reason, thought this was very amusing.

Rob has published other op-ed essays on faith, family and culture in various outlets, including the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, and elsewhere.  He is frequently a speaker for civic and church groups.  He is pleased to do emceeing and hosting duties with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Salvation Army, the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts, and the Lehigh Valley Prayer Breakfast.  Rob is a graduate of Summit High School in New Jersey.  He has a B.A. from Temple University and master’s degrees from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA.  He is an elder at Community Bible Fellowship Church in Red Hill and loves to lead the worship band on Sunday mornings.

Contact Rob at: robv@wfmz.com

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