Longtime CBS 21 news anchor Robb Hanrahan, a regular in Harrisburg-area journalism for more than a decade, has died at the age of 60, the station said Monday afternoon.
Hanrahan, a former evening host and host of the popular political news show “Face the Nation,” retired from the network in early 2021 for health reasons after suffering a massive heart attack in 2020.
“Rob’s contributions during CBS 21 and the amazing connections he has made with everyone on the network are immeasurable,” the network wrote. “He’s going to be sorely missed.”
Hanrahan’s wife, Stacey Hanrahan, also worked at CBS 21 as a meteorologist and assistant news director until she left last year.
In an interview with PennLive shortly after his retirement, Hanrahan said his heart stopped twice during a heart attack on June 18, 2020 — a near-death experience he described as “the deepest, most profound and most painful thing I’ve ever had. profound experience”.
Hanrahan has a 38-year journalism career, working as a local TV news reporter for several networks in Miami and New York City before joining CBS 21 in 2010.
Hanrahan told PennLive last year that the pressures of his daily schedule coupled with his health kept him going, but local news was always his proudest moment.
“You know what I’m most proud of? Doing the day job that local journalists do every day,” Hanrahan said. “I’ve had opportunities on the web and things like that, but I’ve always felt it’s important to continue local journalism.”