By COLlive reporter
There’s a reporter who ain’t gonna work on Saturday…
Rosh Lowe, who was named Best TV reporter by the Miami New Times, might be the only television journalist in the country who goes off air from Friday at sunset.
“I may be the only reporter in the country that is Sabbath observant. I do not work on Saturdays,” says Lowe, general assignment reporter of WSVN – Channel 7 News, a Fox-affiliated station located in Miami, Florida.
Speaking to the Miami Herald, Lowe said he “grew up beyond Reform. Not observant at all.”
As a child, he acted in Broadway shows as Roshi Handwerger. “The first time I ever performed was when I was 5 years old at the Rye Community Synagogue for a production of Noah’s Ark,” he says.
After high school, he enrolled at Occidental College in Los Angeles where he met his wife Alexandra Handwerger, the incoming English department chair at Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach. They are married for 22 years and have four sons, ages 11, 9, 4 and 1.
Upon joining Channel 7 in 2002, reporter Rosh Handwerger adopted Lowe as his professional moniker, according to the article in the Herald. Reporting also led to a newfound Jewish spirituality.
“One of the first stories I covered in Naples was a gruesome murder,” he says. “I saw body bags coming out of this apartment and I thought to myself, ‘What is life all about?’ Albert Einstein said either nothing’s a miracle or everything’s a miracle. I decided to look at life as if everything is a miracle.”
He now identifies as an Orthodox Jew and is an active board member at The Shul of Bal Harbour, one of the most vibrant congregations in America located on Collins Avenue in Surfside and led by Shliach Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar.
Lowe said he is “forever grateful” to WSVN station owner Ed Ansin for always giving him the time off to observe Shabbos.
“I have become in the Jewish community a very big role model,” Lowe says. “Young people look at me and say, ‘Wow, it’s possible to be both observant, true to your beliefs and have a job in the secular world.’ I’m very proud that I can inspire other people.”