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New Jersey TV Reporter Scott Babashak Who Met Wife Working On Air Dies Suddenly

Liz Keptner and Scott Babashak
Liz Keptner and Scott Babashak Photo Credit: Liz Keptner

Former TV news reporter Scott Babashak of Trenton died of a heart attack Friday, May 27, reports WFMZ, where he previously worked. He was 54 years old.

The Hamilton native graduated from the Steinert High School in 1985, where he was president of his graduating class, his obit says. He went on to graduate from Rider University and subsequently landed a job at NBC in New York City.

Babashak met his wife Liz Keptner while working on air together at 69-WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA, before the two moved to Sacramento, CA. Babashak and Keptner moved back to the Lehigh Valley to raise their daughter, Sophie.

An active community member, Babashak served as the Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce Chair from 2015 to 2017. He was an avid golfer, his obituary says, noting he was known to family members as "Uncle Funny" and was a passionate Cleveland Browns fan.

"This is truly heart wrenching," WFMZ reporter Ali Reid writes. "I only had the pleasure of meeting Scott once- but he lit up the room. He and Liz (Keptner, former anchor at our station) were best friends & soulmates. It was evident the second I was with them.

"Rest In Peace. Our WFMZ family is hurting today."

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