Robert Lewis, longtime WJHL newsman, dies at 66

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Robert L. Lewis, a retired anchor and news director who spent 40 years at WJHL-TV in Johnson City, died due to heart disease and cancer on Monday. He was 66.

The station reported ( ) that he joined WJHL-TV in 1967 as a part-time cameraman, but played many roles at the station for decades.

Al Gregory, longtime WJHL-TV employee and the man who hired Lewis, said Lewis struggled with his health, but he loved the people he worked with and loved covering the news.

He also worked as an announcer, morning show anchor, noon anchor and news director. He retired in October 2007 and is survived by his wife, Madaline, five children and seven grandchildren.

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