Dave Schratwieser
WTXF-TV Official Photo

Broadcast Pioneers member Dave Schratwieser joined the FOX 29 “Ten O’clock News” in 1994 as an investigative reporter.

Like putting the pieces of a puzzle together, Dave Schratwieser investigates a story piece-by-piece until a clear picture emerges. From organized crime and corruption to reporting on the courts, Fox 29, WTXF's veteran crime reporter asks the hard questions and does the research to tell an accurate and fair story. He is well known for his numerous contacts in law enforcement at the city, state and federal levels.

Dave, launched his television career with the New Jersey Network (NJN) as State House Correspondent, Senior Producer and Assignment Editor. While working with NJN, he broke a major story on medical waste being dumped on the Jersey Shore. His hard-core investigative journalism continued at WCAU-TV, a CBS-TV owned and operated station (at that time), where he worked as the New Jersey Correspondent for 6 years. While at WCAU-TV, he reported from Saudi Arabia on Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and was nominated for three local Emmy Awards for investigative, enterprise and magazine format reporting.

Utilizing his proficient journalism skills and knowledge of government, Schratwieser altered his career direction and served as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. He later worked as Press Secretary and Assistant Director of Communications for N.J. Governor Jim Florio. Then again, as Director of Communications for Attorney General Deborah Poritz. Schratwieser says combining journalism with communication skills was a major asset when he worked in government. In 1994, FOX 29 News offered him the opportunity to return to television as an investigative reporter, he decided to go back to his broadcasting roots.

Dave Schratwieser (center) with his two sons
Broadcast Pioneers Annual Banquet
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, November 21, 2008

Dave has continually received recognition for his outstanding work as a reporter. Throughout his journalism career he has been the recipient of numerous awards. He was voted Best Of Philadelphia 2004 by Philadelphia Magazine and he has received 10 Emmy awards for Investigative Reporting, Spot and Feature News. He has also received numerous reporting awards from the Associated Press, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, as well as a Headliners Award.

A Long Island native, Schratwieser began his journalism career in print media after graduating from the State University of New York and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. His first job was as an investigative reporter and State House Correspondent for the News Tribune in Woodbridge, N.J. While working at the newspaper, he studied television reporting and production which led to his work with NJN.

Dave has homes in South Jersey and Philadelphia. A Long Island native, Schratwieser began his journalism career in print media after graduating from Rutgers University. His first job lasted five years when he was an investigative reporter and state house correspondent for the News Tribune in Woodbridge, New Jersey. While working at the newspaper, he studied television production which led to his work with NJN.

Schratwieser currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife Lynn. His son Tyler graduated from Temple University and his son Dan graduated from St. Joseph’s University. During his free time, he coaches travel and AAU basketball with his sons. He is active in his church, The River of Life Church in Cherry Hill, N.J. He does volunteer work on the church's Dream Center Project in Camden. He likes to bike ride, jog and play basketball. In 2008, Dave was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's "Hall of Fame."

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Annual Banquet photo originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Jerry Klein
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