Longtime investigative reporter Bob Greene, who started the IRE, died. This snippet is a sign of a truly gifted reporter.
“Along the way, Greene made deep impressions on people he covered and helped send to prison. The newspaper’s stories on former Suffolk County Republican Chairman Edwin “Buzz” Schwenk helped send him to jail in 1981 for financial irregularities. But in the end the two men were friends and fishing partners, all the more so because Greene wrote a letter to the sentencing judge asking for leniency.
“At no time was Bob dishonest with me; he was upfront, and he turned out to be a real friend,” Schwenk said.