Rob Macko joined the KLFY News team in September 2014. He anchors the 6 and 10 o’clock weekday newscasts with Darla Montgomery. Rob has more than 15 years of experience in television news. He is excited to be in Acadiana and can’t wait to explore everything that Southwest Louisiana has to offer.
Before coming to Lafayette, Rob spent three years working as an anchor/reporter at WJCL-TV in Savannah, Ga. He covered crime, local government, the military, development, tourism, and controversy. He always enjoyed investigative work and searching for the truth – wherever it led him.
Rob uncovered problems with emergency response times after the tragic death of a young boy in a neighborhood swimming pool in July 2014. His relentless reporting raised questions about government policies, rapid suburban growth, and confusion over jurisdictional boundaries. In another instance, Rob’s stories prompted leaders in one county to take action to address safety concerns on a dangerous road. He also appeared as a live guest on CNN in August 2012 to talk about a courtroom outburst in a soldier-led anti-government militia made up of soldiers from Fort Stewart, Ga.
Rob is originally from a small town near Erie, Pa., and is a proud graduate of Penn State University. In addition to Lafayette, La., and Savannah, Ga., Rob’s television career has taken him to Buffalo, N.Y., Rochester, N.Y., Erie, Pa., Greensboro, N.C., Harrisburg, Pa., and Binghamton, N.Y.
Rob has covered major national news stories including the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in February 2009 near Buffalo, N.Y., the five-month-long manhunt for convicted cop killer Ralph “Bucky” Phillips in 2006, the infamous collar bomb death of pizza delivery man Brian Wells in August 2003 in Erie, Pa., and the murder of a middle school teacher who was shot to death by a student in April 1998 in Edinboro, Pa. One of his stories about a surprise snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow in Buffalo was broadcast nationally on the CBS Early Show in October 2006.
His assignments have taken him into the cockpit of an F-16 to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds; Paris Island, S.C. for a week-long series on Marine Corps boot camp; Quantico, Va., to see how the Drug Enforcement Administration trains first responders how to spot and infiltrate methamphetamine labs; and to the track at Michigan International Speedway to cover a young cancer patient’s dream of seeing a NASCAR race and meeting some of the drivers before he died.
When he’s not working, Rob enjoys going to the gym, watching football, cooking, traveling, playing the electric guitar, acting, and exploring new places. He’s already discovered gumbo, crawfish, and boudin. Rob is happily married and has two sons and a daughter. Send him story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.