Robert Rand is an Emmy award-winning journalist who works in TV, print and digital media. He has covered stories including the OJ Simpson civil and Menendez Brothers murder trials, the rape of a woman a Florida jury said deserved what she got for wearing a sheer mini-skirt, and the Virgin Mary speaking to 100,000 people through a teenage girl on a remote mountain in southern Ecuador.
Rand began covering the Menendez murders for the Miami Herald the day after the 1989 killings and is the only journalist who has interviewed the Menendez brothers both before and since their arrest. During both Menendez trials, he was in court daily and provided on camera analysis for Court TV, ABC GMA, and CBS News. Rand’s 14,000 word article The Killing of Jose Menendez published by Playboy in March 1991 is the longest article ever published by the magazine.
Rand has appeared as the primary interview in several high-profile documentaries about the Menendez case including an hour produced by the BBC, A & E’s BIOGRAPHY, and Discovery ID’s True Crime with Aphrodite Jones. In January 2017, Rand appeared on ABC 20/20 Truth and Lies — The Menendez Brothers. In November 2017, he was interviewed for NBC Dateline’s two-hour Menendez special. Rand was a consultant for NBC’s limited series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders which is now available on Hulu.
Rand’s continuing two-year coverage at KCOP-TV in LA about an illegal immigrant who was wrongly convicted resulted in the overturning of the 10-year old conviction and the release of the man from jail.
Rand was awarded a Los Angeles area Emmy Award for his coverage of the Tony Alvarado story. He was a member of the Special Assignment investigative reporting group at KCBS-TV in LA and the I Team at KYW-TV Philadelphia that won a Columbia-duPont Silver Baton Award for a year long series on property tax dodgers.
His print work includes stories contributed to Playboy, People, Stern, The Guardian UK, and Tropic, the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald. He covered the William Kennedy Smith rape trial for PARIS MATCH. He has worked as a TV news producer and reporter at WPVI ABC 6 in Philadelphia, KGO ABC 7 in San Francisco, WPLG ABC 10 in Miami, KNBC 4 in LA, and KCAL 9 in LA.
Rand’s regular contact with Lyle Menendez has given him unprecedented insight into the shocking saga.