Bob Lape


(Bob with his wife, Joanna Pruess)

I’ve been a news guy and loving it for 62 years and counting. After great times as news director at stations in Akron (home), Providence, and Boston’s splendid WBZ, I took to TV, coming to town as founding political/ investigative reporter for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News.

The runaway success of a new feature (“The Eyewitness Gourmet”) in 1970 led me astray and I’ve been playing with food ever since in varied venues, print and electronic. It’s hard to characterize as work  being paid to eat out and then talk about it, but it’s kept food on the family table.

The ambition cited in my high school yearbook was: “To ink that contract with CBS.” That happened in 1986.

I’ve been delighted WCBS 880 has enabled me to share contempo-rary food and drink news on “Dining Diary” more than 20,000 times and counting.

I’m greatly aided by my cookbook author wife Joanna Pruess We live in Washington Heights and her constant recipe testing helps keep my critical sensibilities sharp. I know if it tastes good. She knows why.

Between us, we have seven children and four grandkids.

But I still want to be Charlie Osgood when I grow up.

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