Bob Costner joined Spectrum News in November 2006 after over 24 years of reporting and anchoring for Triad news/talk radio station WSJS, and 18 years as the news director.
Bob’s freelance reporting has included stories for CBS, NBC and the BBC, in addition to Court TV and NCNN. He’s also reported for the Associated Press and UPI, and interned in WFMY-TV’s newsroom. Bob has covered newsmakers such as President Bush, country singer Willie Nelson, author Maya Angelou and North Carolina native Charles Kuralt.
Bob has won best newscast awards from the Associated Press, Electronic News Association of the Carolinas, and Radio TV News Directors Association of the Carolinas. Those include Best Newscast and Spot News awards for coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Bob’s 1998 death row interview with John Noland, “Dead Man Talking,” earned him a Best Special Report Award from the RTNDAC. He was also named News Director of the Year and N.C. Radio Journalist of the Year by the RTNDAC in 1997, and is a winner of the AP’s Roy Hardee Award for the state’s top broadcast contributor.
Bob is a member of the board of directors of RTNDAC, and a past president of that group and the N.C. Associated Press Broadcasters. He also serves on the Forsyth County Emergency Planning Committee.
A North Carolina native, Bob is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Montreat-Anderson College. He’s also taught broadcast journalism at Wake Forest University as an adjunct instructor.
Bob collects and plays guitars and other instruments. He’s written and recorded music for several regional documentaries. He was also a contributor on “The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” which screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and is on the short list in the documentary category for the 79th Academy Awards.
Bob’s wife Lisa is a lawyer. They have one son, Sean, along with three dogs and four cats.