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Tim White
Walt Buteau
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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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John Ouimette, underworld figure and heist mastermind, dies at the age of 75

TARGET 12 // John Ouimette, a longtime organized crime figure who was accused of masterminding the largest heist in state history, has died.

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Newsmakers 3/24/2017: Political Roundtable

A political roundtable discusses the transition of power in the Rhode Island senate.

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Report: ‘Amnesty’ policy, outreach could help rid city of street guns

TARGET 12 // A council advising Mayor Elorza has released a plan for targeting gun crimes.

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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Union: ‘Political stunt’ to hire police recruit allegedly caught selling drugs when younger

TARGET 12 // At this time, the police union does not plan on demanding that the recruit in question be removed from the academy.

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Veteran’s widow questions ’cause of death’ in husband’s VA medical file

TARGET 12 // The VAMC stands behind their care, but the widow cites a document that indicates "Carcinoma of Lung" was an active problem.

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Providence police recruit allegedly apprehended in drug sweep when he was younger

TARGET 12 // Providence's public safety commissioner acknowledges there are police academy recruits who do not have spotless records.

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 team to release ‘significantly lower’ estimate of UHIP backlog

IN-DEPTH // The governor said "undeniable progress" is being made in fixing the problem-plagued computer system for benefits.

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Magaziner wants to let local RI pension plans join state-run system

IN-DEPTH // Cities and towns manage 34 independent municipal pension plans, and their combined shortfall is estimated at $2.5 billion.

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Ruggerio shakes up RI Senate committees

William Conley will lead the Senate Finance Committee and Erin Lynch Prata will lead the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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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Raimondo team to release ‘significantly lower’ estimate of UHIP backlog

IN-DEPTH // The governor said "undeniable progress" is being made in fixing the problem-plagued computer system for benefits.

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‘The Codfather’ pleads guilty to evading fishing quotas

BREAKING NEWS // Carlos Rafael is the owner of one of the nation's largest commercial fishing operations, including a seafood business in New Bedford.

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PUC: Construction work likely the cause of ruptured gas line

The leak continued for three hours while crews worked to find the correct shutoff valves.

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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Battle over paid sick time heating up at RI State House

Some business owners say paid sick time is a basic human right while others say state government shouldn't be involved in employment benefit…

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UHIP backlog grows to nearly 28,000 cases

The $364-million, Deloitte-built computer system has been riddled with defects that have affected health care and benefits.

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Study: Gen Z more likely to shop in-store than online

Generation Z - born in the mid-90's and early 2000's - has $44 billion worth of buying power, according to the National Retail Federation.