Rich Barrabi is a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for News 12 Long Island who primarily focuses on government and politics.
On the political beat, Barrabi covered the 2016 Presidential election, providing reports from both of the major party's national conventions, as well as then-candidate Donald Trump's headquarters on election night. But Barrabi's main focus remains on the political issues that are unique to Long Island. He has reported extensively on local elections, corruption charges, law changes, and tax and fee hikes.
Barrabi is a six-time New York Emmy Award nominee. He has also been honored with awards from the New York Press Club, the Press Club of Long Island, the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Fair Media Council, and was even featured in Long Island Pulse Magazine's 2014 "Men's Style" edition.
Before joining News 12 Long Island in August of 2013, Barrabi served as an Anchor/Reporter for News 12 the Bronx & News 12 Brooklyn. He also worked as the sports anchor/director for WRNN-TV, and as the arena host for New York Islanders home games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Barrabi got his start as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for the Melville based WLNY-TV 10/55.
Barrabi was born in Flushing, Queens, but raised in East Meadow. He graduated from East Meadow High School in 2003, and earned a bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Kristen, and their two children.