Judy Martin News 12, News 12 Long Island news anchor Judy Martin was found dead in her Halesite home on Friday, according to police and family members. She was 49.
The cause of death had not been determined as of early Saturday afternoon, but Suffolk County police, who were called to her home at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, said criminality is not suspected.
Martin, an Emmy award winner, began working at News 12 in 1988. She covered news events from postwar Kosovo to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as well as Hurricane Andrew and the 1990 crash of Avianca Flight 52 on Long Island.
In 25 years in broadcast news, she worked for Marketplace Report, NPR, CNBC Business Radio, World Vision Report and BBC Radio 3, according to her website, worklifenation.com, where she wrote about balancing work and life. An accredited yoga teacher, she gave workshops on stress management and released a CD on meditation.
Her grandmother, Natalie Gallagher of North Plainfield, N.J., said she was passionate about her work at News 12.
“She loved her job at the news station,” Gallagher said. “She loved participating in that type of venue, and she did a fine job.”
Gallagher said her granddaughter was a “beautiful, caring woman” who made everyone laugh.
“Everything about Judy was a good thing because she gave of herself in every which way,” she said. “I can’t believe she’s gone.”
Martin attended Baldwin High School and, according to her LinkedIn profile, earned her undergraduate degree in communications and broadcast journalism from New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury.