Robert B. Read, a native of West Islip and veteran broadcast journalist who served as Senior Producer of INSIDE EDITION’s award-winning Investigative Unit as well as a Managing Editor for the program’s overall coverage, died unexpectedly on January 9, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19.
Under Read’s direction, the Investigative Unit consistently produced a variety of hard-hitting reports that earned many of journalism’s highest honors including the prestigious George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, the National Press Club Award and Sigma Delta Chi Award.
Read began his journalism career at ABC News “20/20,” where during his eight-year tenure he produced a variety of news, features and investigative reports.
Robert’s work ethic and leadership were incomparable. He was a mentor and role model to so many. Each day Robert chose happiness and generously shared his joy with others. His ideal day was on the boat with family and friends dancing to reggae… a cool drink in hand, feeling the sun on his face with a smile in his heart. Robert worked hard, played hard and loved so deeply. Robert’s legacy lives on in his wife, children, family and friends.
To honor Robert’s legacy, his family has established the Robert B. Read Memorial Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance to Long Island families impacted by COVID-19. The Fund provides a means for these families with children and seniors sheltering-in-place to afford the critical basic needs.