Robert H. Mann (BSJ72)

Robert Harris “Bob” Mann, a radio talk show host, reporter, and betting columnist, died Aug. 19, 2019.  He was 68. He is remembered for his lifelong interest in people, stories, and wagering.

Mann was born Sept. 26, 1950, to Paul Harold and Judith Berenson Mann, and grew up in New York. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Medill, he worked first as a radio talk show host in Ohio. He wrote for the National Enquirer and for CNN, which at that time was a fledgling network on its way to becoming a media giant.

Known for his friendliness and curiosity, Mann’s affability afforded him lifelong friends everywhere he worked, including in Nevada’s casino industry, where he moved in the late 1980s. Here Mann met Sondra Lynn Lynch, whom he married in March 1999. Mann successfully founded an enterprise printing parlay cards for casinos, and he wrote well-researched stories about gambling, particularly horse racing, for several publications, including Gaming Today and Sports Handle.

Friends remember that Mann enjoyed tennis and golf, and spending time at the racetrack. He is survived by his wife, Sondra; siblings Bruce, Beth and Steven; and his nephew’s family.

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