Scott Babasak, former 69 News reporter, dies at 54 | Lehigh Valley Regional News

FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. — Scott Babasak, a former television reporter who knew his wife, Liz Keptner, while they worked together on 69-WFMZ-TV, died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday. He was 54 years old.

In addition to Liz, Scott is survived by their daughter, Sophie, and her parents, Don and Deb Babashak, as well as her in-laws, Jack and Cynthia Keptner, Becky Keptner, Bill Schaninger, John and Katrina Keptner, as well as a niece and a nephew. , Vaughn Kaye and Dante Keptner, and his cousins, Chari and Ira Diamant, Kathryn Diamant and Mary Biggs, Aunt Jane Babashak, and cousins ​​Jill and Rachel Babashak.

Scott was born July 10, 1967, in Trenton, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby Hamilton Township, Mercer County. After graduating from Rider College, Scott began his career in New York at NBC, spending many years in television news, before meeting the love of his life at 69-WFMZ-TV.

“I believe it was Christmas 2000, and we had this new guy starting…and I had to read one of his scripts,” Liz would recall years later in an interview with 69 News. “And he worked his way into my heart, and about a year later we started dating.”

After getting married, Scott and Liz left WFMZ to work at KTXL-TV in Sacramento, Calif., where the joy of their life, Sophie, was born. Returning home to be with family and friends, Scott and Liz have built a wonderful life in the Lehigh Valley. Scott was an active member of the community as a financial advisor, avid golfer and acclaimed brick oven pizza chef. Scott enjoyed celebrating the holidays, singing merrily at Seder celebrations, even when he didn’t know the lyrics. It was the funny uncle. He loved his cats, his friends and above all, his family.

Family and friends are invited for a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Heintzelman Inc. Funeral Home, 326 Main St., Hellertown, Northampton County, followed by a service at 6 p.m. h.

Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded on the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Scott’s name to kingdom of peacethe Whitehall Township Shelter in Lehigh County where Liz, Scott and Sophie rescued Mario and Luigi from, or the Hellertown area library that Scott was so desperate to save.

Information from obituary at the Heintzelman Funeral Home website.