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.
The Robert B. Read Memorial Scholarship Fund:
This scholarship fund is in memory of Robert B. Read, a native of Long Island (West Islip) and veteran broadcast journalist who served as senior producer of Inside Edition’s award-winning investigative unit and managing editor for the program’s overall coverage. Robert’s work ethic and leadership were incomparable. He was a mentor and role model to many and through this scholarship, his dedication to helping others along their career path will continue. This scholarship is designated for a Long Island high school senior who will be attending the University of Michigan. The days that both of Robert’s children graduated from the University of Michigan were some of the proudest of his life. Scholarship Application.
2023 Robert B. Read Scholarship Recipient: Lance
Inside Edition Video Tribute to Robert B. Read
Contribute by check, make check payable to: United Way of Long Island, 819 Grand Blvd., Deer Park, NY 11729. Please add The Robert B. Read Memorial Fund on the memo section of your check.