Former Nebraska Anchor to Be Sentenced in Terroristic Threats Case

By Kevin Eck 

Former Nebraska anchor Joseph Scanlan was found guilty Thursday of three misdemeanors.

Scanlan pleaded guilty to the attempt of a Class IV felony and two counts of intimidation by phone call or electronic communication. He was originally charged with terroristic threats which is a felony.

Scanlan was a morning anchor on KSNB in Hastings when an arrest warrant was issued in December.


A woman filed for a protection order against Scanlan after accusing him of harassing her through text messages, social media and handwritten notes. She blocked him on social media, according to the protection order request.

In October, Scanlan was fired for using a KSNB account to like her posts and message her.

The day after she was granted a protection order in December, Scanlan sent the woman an email saying he was “gonna ruin” her life, according to an affidavit.

His sentencing has been set for May 30. He could face up to 1½ years in jail and a fine as high as $2,000.