FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Two DFW area newsrooms are grieving Tuesday.

Former CBS 11 News Assignments Editor and current WFAA Managing Editor Allen Manning passed away.

Manning, 57, who worked at CBS 11 for more than 20 years, was dedicated to his craft and a friend to his colleagues.

Allen Manning – former CBS 11 Assignments Editor

He was a supportive husband who helped his wife through her cancer battle.

Manning was a devoted Christian, loved the news business, writing poetry and talking baseball.

Manning even self-published three books.

CBS 11 Assignment Editor Robbie Hoy tweeted, “The news world has lost a good man. Allen Manning @roadmonkeyone was the guy who got me hired @CBSDFW. He was an avid Astros fan, but I never held that against him and he was a friend. Here we are at the CBS 11 Christmas party in 2017.”

“Allen will be missed by everyone involved in DFW TV News as well as the city leaders, law enforcement agencies school districts, hospitals, and so many people who got to know and respect
him,” said CBS 11 reporter J.D. Miles.

“Allen was a great journalist, supportive co-worker, and more importantly, a great guy and a real character. Praying for Teena and the rest of his family. May he rest in peace,” added CBS 11 political reporter Jack Fink.

The Grand Prairie Police Department shared its condolences on Twitter:

We are saddened to hear about the loss of Allen Manning, Cross-Platform Managing Editor at @WFAA. He was a joy to work with, and such a kind professional in the media market, including his time with @CBSDFW. You all have our deepest, sincerest sympathy.

North Texas PIO tweeted, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Allen Manning. To all who knew him, he was a rare individual who made you a better person simply by knowing him. He was a true journalist who we will greatly miss, and will forever live in our hearts.”

“Shocked & saddened by the news regarding @roadmonkeyone,” said Chris Cook, Public Information Officer for the Arlington Police Department. “Allen was one of the nicest & most knowledgeable individuals in the media market you would ever meet. I’m privileged that I got to know him over the years as he guided me as a PIO. My condolences to @wfaa @CBSDFW & family.”

CBS 11 news anchor Doug Dunbar wrote the following tribute to Allen Manning on his Facebook page:

Waking up to the shock that one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve ever known, is gone.
I simply can’t imagine.
I had the joy of working with Allen Manning since the day I walked into CBS 11.
In over a decade together, never a cross word. Forever positive.
Never “why can’t we,” always
“How do we make it work.”
Especially when Teena was battling cancer. Such courage and support this man brought to her fight.
He would walk a mile through fire for her.
But what set him apart, was that he’d walk that same mile for you, too.
Just when the world truly needs more Allen Manning’s.
Rest peacefully brother.
I will struggle to understand the why.
I will remember only the good.
I’m grateful there was so very much of it.