12 News is taking in-depth, investigative journalism to new heights. Once a month, 12 on 12 Digital Originals go in-depth on a high-interest local topic. Twelve times a year, exclusively on WPRI.com and our WPRI 12 News App – that’s 12 on 12.

12 on 12 Digital Originals: New series premiere each month only on WPRI.com

12 on 12: Autism Redefined

One out of every 34 children in the United States is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. With the prevalence rising, it’s become critical that a better understanding of the condition be achieved. Dr. Barry Prizant is a Rhode Islander who’s recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on autism and neurodiversity. 12 News’ Adriana Rozas Rivera sat down with Prizant to redefine autism.

IN THIS 12 ON 12: Autism Redefined | 3 Key Things to Know | What is Autism? | Full Interview | About Dr. Prizant | Local Resources | Recent News

In October 2020, 12 News anchor Mike Montecalvo brought you to the front lines of The War on Alzheimer’s, introducing you to those living with this cruel, memory-robbing disease and fighting to find a cure.

Now, more than two years later — the battle rages on.

In this emotional 12 on 12 Digital Original, you’ll meet a local mom who received a life-changing diagnosis, see the struggles of being a caregiver, and get an update on efforts to stop Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks.

In this 12 on 12: Watch The War on Alzheimer’s: The Battle Continues | Meet the Warriors | Resources & Links | Watch Part I: The War on Alzheimer’s

A high school hockey player back on the ice after a serious crash. A cancer survivor using music to inspire others fighting disease. A family receiving a life-changing donation.

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, our 12 News anchors look back at their favorite stories from last year and reflect upon their impact. Watch them all here »

More people than ever are struggling right now. A new report shows food insecurity is three times more prevalent than before the pandemic and nearly a third of Rhode Island households can’t afford to put adequate meals on the table.

But help is available to those who need it.

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original – we talk to local organizations about what they’re doing to support families and highlight ways you can step up and help your neighbors in need.

In this 12 on 12: Watch – Neighbors in Need | How to Get Help | How You Can Help

Late October 2012 – Rhode Island’s coastline is walloped by a massive and destructive storm. While not even a direct hit, the storm caused significant damage and left tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders in the dark for days.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo gives you a look back at the impacts of Superstorm Sandy, as well as a look ahead at whether Rhode Island is now better prepared to handle a storm of that caliber.

Plus – Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca breaks down what made Sandy so significant, Target 12 Investigator Sarah Guernelli shows you how the state’s power grid has changed since then, and a team of WPRI 12 reporters walks you through the aftermath of the storm 10 years ago.

In this 12 on 12: A look back at Superstorm Sandy | A conversation with Tony | Photo Gallery | 12 News Reports from 2012 | RI’s power grid

A number of school buildings around Rhode Island have recently gotten revitalized or completely rebuilt to create a quality learning environment for students — but many others are still in dire need of repairs.

Rhode Island taxpayers voted in 2018 to approve $250 million in state spending for school construction projects, a fraction of the more than $2 billion in deficiencies highlighted in a study the year before.

In November, voters statewide will once again be asked if they want to approve a $250 million school construction bond. Several communities including Providence, Warwick and Pawtucket will also have a total of $1.3 billion in municipal bond proposals on their ballots.

In 12 on 12 Digital Original, Kait Walsh takes you inside the classroom and talks to state education leaders about why this funding is so crucial.

In This 12 on 12: Foundations for Learning | School Tour | Full Interview: Education Leaders | Ballot Questions: School Bonds

The Conimicut Lighthouse is an iconic part of Rhode Island’s coast, and it also serves an important purpose, warning boaters of the sandbar nearby.

But at nearly 140 years old, the lighthouse is showing its age – rotting wood, rusted metal and encroaching vegetation.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, T.J. Del Santo sits down with the lighthouse’s former keeper to look back at its history, then takes you inside the Narragansett Bay landmark amid efforts to save it.

In This 12 on 12: Lighting the WayPhotos: Rhode Island LighthousesMap: Rhode Island Lighthouses

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, we take a deep dive into the world of sharks in local waters.

12 News Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo and digital reporter Adriana Rozas Rivera hit the water with local scientists to learn how they track and research sharks, and how technology is used to keep you safe.

In this 12 on 12: Shark Tagging 401 🦈 Shark Patrol 🦈 Inside the Belly of the Beast 🦈 ‘The Ferrari of the Ocean’ 🦈 Shark Camp 🦈 Shark Quiz 🦈Track Sharks in Real Time 🦈 Reading & Resources 🦈 Photos

From living on the streets and dropping out of school to leading the state’s largest school system — our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original is a story of perseverance and inspiration.

Mike Montecalvo spends 12 hours with the new superintendent of Providence Public Schools, Dr. Javier Montañez.

Rhode Island is the Ocean State and Narragansett Bay is at its heart and soul. Along with memorable summers, the bay is a big part of the state’s history and economy. But from pollution to oil spills and climate change, Narragansett Bay has had and continues to have its challenges. What does the future hold for this iconic body of water?

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Pinpoint Weather 12 Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo – with help from Sky Drone 12 – takes an in-depth look at how the bay is doing now and what its future may look like.

Watch Part 2 and learn more here »

The Mafia Tapes: 12 on 12 Digital Original only on WPRI.com

Oct. 29, 1989: A secret recording captured inside a Massachusetts home changed organized crime forever. Four members of the Patriarca crime family took the oath of secrecy to join the crime family. Little did they know that the FBI was secretly recording the whole thing.

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Target 12 Investigator Tim White goes in-depth on this incredible moment in mob history, 30 years to the day of the now-infamous mob induction ceremony. An FBI agent assigned to the case speaks publicly for the first time, and we reveal what happened to the four men who swore a secret oath to La Costa Nostra.

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