Robert J. Manganiello, former publisher of The Citizens’ Voice newspaper, died on Wednesday. He was 75.
Manganiello, of Plains Township, was one of the founding members of The Citizens’ Voice, which was formed during a strike of The Times Leader’s employees in October 1978.
Pat Rushton, another founding member of the newspaper, said Manganiello was a printer at The Times Leader when he joined the staff as a reporter. Rushton, of Mountain Top, now works as the outreach/education manager for the Victims Resource Center in Wilkes-Barre.
“When The Citizens’ Voice started, Bob offered his skills as a photographer. He was pretty good at it,” Rushton said. “There came a time when we were looking for a publisher, and Bob was selected because of his people skills. Bob could make friends with anybody.”
“He was a guy who went from printer to publisher … and he did very well at it,” Rushton said, adding that Manganiello served as publisher until his retirement in 2004.
Manganiello also served as managing editor at The Citizens’ Voice for 12 years before becoming publisher in 1997, according to a report on that newspaper’s website.
Renita Fennick, a veteran journalist who worked at The Citizens’ Voice for 16 years, said Manganiello was still a photographer when she joined the staff there as a reporter. “Going out on an assignment with him, it was a pleasure,” she said. “He was a very sensitive photographer.”
Fennick, of Wilkes-Barre Township, also described Manganiello as “a family man” and “a man of integrity. … I never heard him say a bad word about anyone and I never heard anyone say a bad word about him. He was just that kind of guy.”
Manganiello, formerly of Exeter, died at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital surrounded by his family, according to a death announcement.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston.