Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 4/5/2020 at 10:06:20
One of the Quad-City's favorite storytellers, Fran Riley, passed away Friday after a battle with prostate cancer. Riley, 66, worked in the area since 1978 for both KWQC and WHBF,
KWQC Vice President/General Manager Sue Ramsett said, "I only had the opportunity to know Fran for a few years, but he will forever hold a piece of my heart.
"Franís ability to inspire others through his work ó and to treat everyone around him with kindness and respect ó is part of his KWQC TV6 legacy.
"Fran's authenticity and gift for storytelling has been an inspiration to so many of his fellow journalists over the years. His loss will be felt throughout the station ó and throughout our community.
"These are challenging times, but we will find a way to celebrate Franís life and his many contributions to KWQC and the Quad-Cities," Ramsett said.
KWQC news director Stephanie Hedrick said, "He found the good in humanity in his stories, and that was the strength of Fran Riley."
Longtime KWQC anchor Mike Mickle, who now is news director for WHBF, said he and Riley sat across from each other in the Channel 6 newsroom for two decades.
Riley began his tenure at KWQC in 1994.
"My heart hurts tonight," Mickle said. "Heaven got one heck of an angel."
As a consummate professional, Riley would cover any story assigned, according to Mickle, including those hard news and breaking stories, tragic though some may have been.
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