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Longtime broadcaster Bob Briley dead at 91

 Retired TV broadcaster Bob Briley, pictured in 1999, announced Indian games for KHQ through the 1960s. (Torsten Kjellstrand / The Spokesman-Review)
Retired TV broadcaster Bob Briley, pictured in 1999, announced Indian games for KHQ through the 1960s. (Torsten Kjellstrand / The Spokesman-Review)

Bob Briley, a longtime television news anchor in Spokane, died Monday at the age of 91.

Briley became entranced with broadcasting as a boy listening to radio shows, he told The Spokesman-Review in 1997. After a stint in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he attended Gonzaga University. He became a radio announcer, then added TV to his repertoire while working for KHQ.

He became a TV anchor at that station in 1961, covering big stories like the Sunshine Mine disaster in North Idaho. In 1976 he became the station’s public affairs director, a position he held until 1988. After retiring he worked on programs at KXLY and received an Emmy Award in 2005 for reporting on the Spokane Tribe.

Briley is survived by Doris, his wife of 68 years, two children and five grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held later this fall.

For more information, visit khq.com.


 

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