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Tim White
Walt Buteau
Ted Nesi
Dan McGowan
Susan Campbell

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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Long-term leave policy cited by Montanaro used for 1,600 state jobs

TARGET 12 // More than 1.600 government positions are on-hold by a little-known personnel rule, giving workers the right to return to their old jobs.

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Newsmakers 11/17/2017: US Senate candidate Robert Flanders

The newly announced Republican candidate discusses why he’s challenging Sheldon Whitehouse as well as hot topics in the news.

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State crime lab receives evidence in officer-involved shooting case

The head of the state crime lab confirmed the state police dropped off evidence from last week's shooting.

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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RI police depts. raise concerns about DMV computer system

TARGET 12 // Multiple police departments says a change in the system is causing headaches for officers.

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Providence body cams get a stern test with police-involved shooting

TARGET 12 // Every patrolman in Providence will soon be required to wear the body cameras.

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‘You run toward the gunfire. It’s as simple as that,’ says officer who rescued woman after pursuit

TARGET 12 // Officer helped woman who was pinned against a guardrail by the driver of the white pickup involved in high speed chase.

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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Virgin Pulse CEO on new Providence HQ: Rhode Island won us over

The wellness tech company had originally planned to close a local office and move workers to Massachusetts instead.

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BankNewport planning expansion into Providence

The mutual savings bank is currently Rhode Island's sixth-largest, with $1.2 billion in deposits.

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Nesi’s Notes: Nov. 18

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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Drug paraphernalia found in white pickup truck following deadly pursuit

Court documents show that drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle, as well as 3 cellphones, a GPS and a 50 inch TV.

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Virgin Pulse CEO on new Providence HQ: Rhode Island won us over

The wellness tech company had originally planned to close a local office and move workers to Massachusetts instead.

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Mired in controversy, East Greenwich town council votes to re-appoint town manager

It was the latest twist in a town that has been inflamed by a debate over its leadership in recent months.

Susan Campbell

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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RI treasurer mailing 35,000 checks for unclaimed $10M

About one in five Rhode Islanders have unclaimed property, according to the general treasurer's office.

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Lawnmower recalled due to laceration hazard

Some Bush Hog lawnmower and Sleep Number foot warmers were recalled this week.

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Toyota issues recalls for two vehicles, including 2018 model

ALERT // The company said owners of the affected vehicles should receive a notification in the mail beginning in January.