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Tim White
Walt Buteau
Ted Nesi
Dan McGowan
Susan Hogan

Target 12 Investigators Honored for Their Investigative Work

The 38th Annual Boston/New England Emmys were given out on Saturday, May 30th in Boston, and the Target 12 Investigators received the prestigious award for Investigative Report for their report- “Where’s the Chief?”

The Target 12 investigation involved months of undercover work and raised serious questions about accountability and public safety concerns surrounding the chief at the Coventry Fire District. In the story, Chief Paul Labbadia was seen in undercover video leaving work in a taxpayer-funded department vehicle to go play golf in another town over several days; drinking during the day, then driving the fire department vehicle back to work; and even taking the department vehicle to a party on Federal Hill, where he drank and appeared to smoke – and share – marijuana before once again getting behind the wheel.

Those honored were:

Tim White, Investigative Reporter

John J. Villella, Jr., Investigative Videographer

Nicholas Domings, Senior Investigative Producer

In April of this year, Target 12 was also honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow award for the same investigation.

View the award winning story "Where's The Chief" on WPRI.com »

Tim White

Target 12 investigative reporter Tim White joined the Eyewitness News team in September 2006.

Tim is the recipient of three New England Emmy Awards for investigative reporting. He was honored for a 2010 series of stories probing government waste in Rhode Island. He won his second Emmy for 2012 coverage of Providence’s troubled pension system. A 2014 probe into a lack of accountability at a local fire district led to his third Emmy honor.

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List reveals who visited Aaron Hernandez behind bars

TARGET 12 // Aaraon Hernandez's legal teams dominated the list, followed by his fiancée and family.

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Target 12 wins Emmy for ‘Hidden House Rep’

TARGET 12 // Tim White, Ted Nesi, Dan McGowan, John Villella Jr. and Nick Domings shared the award for Best Investigative Report.

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Raimondo on Montanaro: ‘I probably would ask him to resign’

TARGET 12 // But the state's top Republican argued the governor has failed to act after the top Mattiello aide's free tuition perk was exposed.

Walt Buteau

Walt’s Rhode Island roots date back to 1880 when his family started migrating here from Italy and Canada. He arrived at WPRI in 1994 and is now part of Target 12, allowing him to chase down crime, government waste and corruption. He’s won several Associated Press awards and a pair of EMMY awards, along with picking up several nominations.

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Police allege Cranston murder suspect told two others about crime and burial

TARGET 12 // Krystal Boswell's body was found in a shallow grave in the backyard of a Cranston home.

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Police excessive force case involving oft-accused officer nears settlement

TARGET 12 // The lawsuit does not mention a dollar amount and the settlement has not been finalized.

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From powerful to prison, disgraced former Rep. Gallison sentenced to 51 months

BREAKING NEWS // Revelations surfaced Thursday that the Bristol politician also had threatened an FBI agent who was watching him.

Ted Nesi

Ted Nesi joined the Eyewitness News team in July 2010 as a political and economic reporter for WPRI.com, where he writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. He is a weekly panelist on WPRI 12’s Newsmakers and the host of Executive Suite on WPRI 12 sister station myRITV.

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Raimondo, Pawtucket leaders work to get ballpark plan back on track

Mayor Grebien has warned that the team will begin looking for a new home outside Rhode Island after July 1.

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Target 12 wins Emmy for ‘Hidden House Rep’

TARGET 12 // Tim White, Ted Nesi, Dan McGowan, John Villella Jr. and Nick Domings shared the award for Best Investigative Report.

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Nesi’s Notes: June 24

THE WEEKEND MUST-READ // Your weekly briefing on RI politics.

Dan McGowan

Dan McGowan joined the Eyewitness News team in January 2013 as a digital reporter for WPRI.com, where he covers Providence, politics and education.

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Cranston City Council seeks to return original traffic pattern to Roger Williams Park

The new traffic pattern is generally disliked in the surrounding area.

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Rhode Island Senate takes up $9.2B budget plan

The $9.2 billion budget was passed by the House of Representatives last week.

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White House warns Syria’s Assad against chemical attack

Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying the U.S. "has identified potential preparations for another attack by the Assad regime…

Susan Hogan

Susan Campbell is an award winning investigative journalist who joined the Eyewitness News Team in December 2011. Her energy and commitment to solving problems and helping viewers is what sets her apart. If you have a consumer problem, news tip, or story idea you should reach out to Susan.

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Chicken bites recalled due to possible bone contamination

ALERT // Certain boxes of Yummy Spoonfuls chicken bite products from Overhill Farms may contain extraneous materials, specifically bone.

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Fundraiser frustration: Local PTA expecting $400 but can’t cash in

The frozen yogurt franchise involved said it never paid up because the PTA failed to hold up its end of the agreement.

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FCC: Robocaller handed $120M fine for large-scale scheme

The FCC said this was one of the "largest spoofed robocall campaigns" they have ever investigated.