Robert Gamble ’47
Award-winning broadcaster Robert Gamble ’47 died March 7, 2015, in Indianapolis. He was 89.
Gamble was born and raised in Jefferson, Iowa, and graduated from Cornell College with a degree in English. He originally planned to be a newspaper journalist, but got a job as an announcer at KATE in Minnesota, and soon thereafter became assistant news director of the station. He worked at radio stations in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Oklahoma City before moving to television news in 1959. He spent nearly 30 years as news director at WRTV in Indianapolis.
Gamble won numerous awards during his career. In 1959, the Oklahoma City news station he ran was honored as an Outstanding News Operation by the Radio Television News Directors Association. His work with WRTV was also honored many times by the association, and also won a George Foster Peabody award, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, and two Headliner Club awards. Gamble was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1984, and he served as the president of the RTNDA.
After retiring from broadcast in 1986 he and his wife, Bette, designed, built, and ran a small dog boarding kennel in Fortville, Indiana, which they operated for five years.
He is survived by his wife.