Longtime auto reporter Robb Mahr dies at 75
Robb Mahr, a longtime radio and TV automotive reporter in southeast Michigan, died Wednesday of cancer at age 75.
Mahr, a native of Colorado, was hired at Detroit’s WWJ-AM Radio (950) in 1973 and spent 20 years as the station’s lead auto reporter.
After leaving WWJ, Mahr worked for ASTN, the Dallas closed-circuit TV network for dealers and auto plants. Later, he became a contract employee for Ford Motor Co.’s internal TV network.
He covered the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January and continued working until his death, despite his illness.
His deep, commanding voice was often the first to ask questions at press conferences; he rarely needed retakes, knew his sources well and lacked an ego, a former colleague and friend told the Detroit Free Press.
Mahr is survived by three daughters.