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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Honors the Passing of WFMJ Journalist Bob Black

April 6, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement upon hearing the news of the passing of Valley icon and veteran WFMJ news anchor Bob Black at the age of 68.  Bob is survived by his wife Colleen, whom he married in 1971, his brother Scott of Stoneboro, Pa., as well as two daughters, Lindsay of Kittanning, Pa., and Molly of Greensburg, Pa.

“Bob Black was a premiere journalist and news anchor. He was a gentleman and a class act. I met Bob during my first campaign for Congress. No matter how hot an issue became or how negative a campaign got, Bob always conducted himself with class and professionalism.  He walked our Valley though some of our most heartbreaking events. He was like family for many of us, and he leaves a large legacy for future journalists to try to match. Andrea and I send our deepest sympathy to Bob’s family, friends, and colleagues in this difficult time. Bob lived a life of purpose, and I will always cherish our friendship and the time we spent together,” said Congressman Ryan.