Longtime Spokane Broadcaster Dies

By Kevin Eck 

Robert “Bob” Briley, who worked in radio and television in Spokane, Wash., for nearly 60 years, has died.

Briley started his career at KHQ radio and TV as a reporter and anchor in 1954. He retired from KHQ TV in 1988, having worked as a reporter, photographer, anchor, baseball announcer and public affairs director in his 35 years there.

According to KHQ, Briley came back to work part-time for the station as the host of popular senior show Prime Timers.


In 1995, Bob went to work alongside his daughter, Robin Briley, at KXLY-TV, producing and reporting on human interest and senior issues. In 1997 he received a commendation from the National Radio & Television Broadcasters Association for 50 years of outstanding service. In 2005, after 58 years in the industry, Bob received an Emmy Award for his reporting on the Spokane Tribe of Indians.

“He was the epitome of a great father to his children, Bob Briley Jr. (Elaine Briley) and Robin Briley (Jim Bolser) and he was a doting grandfather to Brett James Briley, Jared Robert Briley, Kristin Briley Cowan and Casey Briley Cowan,” his daughter wrote in his obituary. “He will be deeply missed, but always remembered.”