Robert G. Bee is the Vice President and General Manager of WHTM-TV abc27 and abc27.com, owned by Nexstar Inc. WHTM-TV is the ABC affiliate serving the Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York television market in Central Pennsylvania which includes 10 Pennsylvania counties, abc27.com is a community portal for news, entertainment and information also serving the 10 PA counties. He has held this position since January of 2017.
Bob came to WHTM from Nexstar Inc. sister station WBRE in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre television market where he served as Vice President and General Manager beginning in 2012. Prior to Nexstar he served as Director of Sales for WTAE-TV, the Hearst owned ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 8 years (and concurrently as Acting Creative Services Director for the station in 2010). Prior to Pittsburgh, Bob was the General Sales Manager for the Hearst Television owned WGAL –TV, the NBC affiliate in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York, Pennsylvania television market for 9 years. His career also includes six years as General Sales Manager of WXIX-TV, the Malrite owned FOX affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio.
His sales career started in the National Spot Television industry. Bob was Atlanta Sales Manager and then Vice President Mid-West Sales Manager for Independent Television Sales (ITS), overseeing offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit and St. Louis. Prior to ITS, he was the Miami Sales Manager for Metro TV Sales and was an account executive for Katz Television Sales and Metro TV Sales in NY.
Campbell-Mithun advertising in Chicago, working as a Media Buyer is where his career began. He later worked at MCI, a Buying Service and Barter House in the New York area.
A graduate of St. John’s University in NY, Bob also was a member of the NAB Management Development Studies, Class of 2003 at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and Medill School of Journalism. In Pittsburgh, Bob was an adjunct lecturer at Duquesne University for several years, having written the course syllabus for Sales and Marketing Strategy, a 3 credit undergraduate and graduate studies level class.
Bob has served on the Affiliate Sales Advisory Boards for ABC, FOX and the Association of Independent Television Stations. He was an advisory board member of Catholic Social Services (Scranton, Pa) and Weinberg Regional Food Bank, a board director for the Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Diamond City Partnership of Wilkes-Barre, the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce (co-chairing the Legislative Affairs committee) and the Wyoming Valley Chamber of Building and Industry. The Salvation Army has had Bob serve on their Lancaster, Allegheny County and Wilkes-Barre advisory boards. He has also served on the board of the Scranton Cultural Center, United Way of the Wyoming Valley, Community Hospital of Lancaster County, the Capital Region Economic Development Board, UCP of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Economy League. He currently serves as a board member for the Whitaker Science Center in Harrisburg, PA.
Bob and his wife Betty have three children, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Bob and Betty reside in Manor Township, Pennsylvania and also keep a home in Bear Creek Village, Pennsylvania. Bob’s favorite leisure time activities include; tennis, golf, deep sea fishing, watching television and spending time with family. Betty and Bob are current members of the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.