Zoë Read is a multimedia reporter for WHYY, where she has reported on Delaware news for the past four years. She produces daily news and feature stories for FM, and writes news, features and enterprise stories for whyy.org.
Read is passionate about giving a voice to those who are ignored. Her series on sex trafficking in Delaware told the stories of women overcoming stigma and abuse. The series won 1st place from the National Federation of Press Women journalism contest.
Read also enjoys finding unusual stories about the community, like her colorful feature on speed dating for senior citizens. This story also won 1st place from the NFPW contest.
Read has written several stories about civil rights in Delaware, which the Philadelphia Tribune has published in partnership with WHYY. Her reporting includes a feature on race and gender disparities with the hiring, promotion and tenure system at universities.
Read spends the first half of the year reporting on Delaware’s state legislature. She has produced continued coverage on the efforts to legalize marijuana, the debate over gun legislation and women’s rights issues.
Prior to working for WHYY, Read reported for the Capital newspaper in Annapolis. Her work also has been published in print and online versions of the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the Daily Mail, the Detroit News and the Kansas City Star.
Read is a Class of 2012 alumna of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, where she wrote a 6,000-word capstone project on HIV/AIDS in Harlem.
She received her Bachelor’s in English and Journalism from the University of Delaware in 2011.