Colleagues often use the word “professional” to describe Mr. Stuart (Stu) Emry, who covered Pittsburgh for more than three decades on radio and television at WTAE and KDKA.
Emry, of South Park, died Thursday, April 14. He was 88 years old.
During his career, his interviews ranged from ordinary citizens to American presidents.
“Stu Emry was a reporter for a reporter… a reporter for a reporter,” former KDKA editor Aviva Radbord recalled. “He had that unmistakable broadcasting voice – and the skills that came from a wealth of current affairs experience. He was the embodiment of professionalism, kindness and grace.
Emry was born in Limington, Maine in 1934 and grew up in Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, he served as a lieutenant and rifle platoon leader for the U.S. Army in Germany. He came to Pittsburgh in 1965 where after a few years he took a chance and pursued a career in radio and television. First at WTAE, then at KDKA, Emry covered all the major news of the day, from chemical spills and train derailments to high-profile murder trials and political scandals. He received an award for his coverage of the partial collapse of Three Mile Island in 1979.
“Working at the Channel 4 desk – Stu was sitting right across from me,” said former WTAE assignments editor John Poister. “He understood the vibe on the desk and would often help and advise a harassed engagement manager. And I always knew that when I sent him to tell a story, he would bring back a solid, factual and direct piece. more Stus today!
“Stu was a newscaster’s dream: focused, on time, and a great guy,” said former KDKA producer David Solomon.
Emry was married for 56 years to Susan C. Emry, who died in 2016.
He is survived by his daughters Betsy Emry Benson, vice president and publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine, and Jennifer Susan Goga and four grandchildren.
Visitation is Monday, April 18 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the John F. Slater Funeral Home in Brentwood. A memorial gathering will be held at noon on Tuesday April 19 at The Whitehall House, which is adjacent to the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.