Former WNEP assistant news director dies

Longtime WNEP newsroom staffer Bob Absher has died after battling cancer, the station reported March 24, 2020.

Absher worked as both a reporter and assistant news director for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

He worked for the station for almost 30 years before retiring in 2005.

Even after his retirement, newsroom staffers would frequently ask “what would Bob say about that?”

Absher is also credited for helping make WNEP’s Newswatch 16 newscasts some of the highest rated in the country.

He is also remembered for his strict standards — many insiders remember that he would insist on approving most scripts before they were aired.