Walt Buteau

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.

Over the years, Walt's covered many of Rhode Island’s most historic events. He anchored the station’s daily coverage of the Plunder Dome trial and was one of the first reporters at the scene of The Station fire tragedy. The 2008 snowstorm that shut down the state, the floods of 2010 and Sandy's wrath that brought a rogue wave into Walt's face and into your living room, are also part of that rich mix of local history he's covered.

On September 11th, Walt was the first Rhode Island reporter to make it to Ground Zero, arriving only a few hours after the attack. He was there for a week and has returned a number of times over the years to report on how the city has healed and changed.

One of Walt’s favorite assignments is the series called "Street Stories". The reports are like mini-documentaries about the issues faced by the people who live and work on the same streets as you. Walt and his photographer John Villella bring you into the lives of some of your neighbors who face and often beat great adversity. Together, they've won several AP and EMMY awards, and collected a number of nominations.

Outside of journalism, Walt loves to write, read, bike and spend as much time as possible with his wife and family. But, of course, he still looks forward to being there the next time a big story breaks.

If you know a subject for a Street Story or have something you want Target 12 to investigate send Walt an email at wbuteau@wpri.com and you can follow him on Twitter @wbuteau  and @StreetStories12.

Latest Stories

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    Real Madrid loses again after its worst scoring drought

    MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid reached the worst scoring drought in its history in a 2-1 home loss to Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday. Julen Lopetegui's team went more than 465 minutes without finding the net before Marcelo ended the streak in the second half at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Madrid hadn't scored in four straight matches, and its winless streak is now at five games. It has lost four of its last five matches, including the last three.

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  • Moscow blocks commemoration of Stalin victims at city square

    Moscow blocks commemoration of Stalin victims at city square

    MOSCOW (AP) - Moscow authorities have refused permission for an annual commemoration of Stalin-era political repression victims to be held in Lubyanka Square outside the former KGB headquarters and the event's organizers have objected to a proposed alternative site.

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  • RI Current Conditions

    RI Current Conditions

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  • MA Current Conditions

    MA Current Conditions

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  • Update on the latest sports

    Update on the latest sports

    MLB-NLCS Brewers force seventh game MILWAUKEE (AP) - There will be a Game 7 in the National League Championship Series after the Milwaukee Brewers staved off elimination. Wade Miley and three relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Brewers knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2. Milwaukee took command with a four-run first after scoring just three times in losing the previous two games of the series.

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  • Australia's ruling coalition forced into minority government
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    Australia's ruling coalition forced into minority government

    SYDNEY (AP) - Australia's ruling coalition was forced into minority government on Saturday after a massive swing against its senior partner, the Liberal Party, in a by-election for the seat of the prime minister the party itself had dismissed.

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  • Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'
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    Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response.

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  • Protesters flock to London to back new vote on Brexit

    Protesters flock to London to back new vote on Brexit

    LONDON (AP) - Thousands of protesters gathered in central London on Saturday to call for a new referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union. Organizers want the public to have a final say on the government's Brexit deal with the EU, arguing that new facts have come to light about the costs and complexity of Britain's exit from the bloc since Britons voted to leave in 2016.

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  • The Latest: Some polls close amid Afghan election chaos

    The Latest: Some polls close amid Afghan election chaos

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The closing of polls in Saturday's Parliamentary elections were as chaotic as the opening with even the Independent Election Commission uncertain of how many of the estimated 21,000 polling stations closed by 4 p.m. local time, the original closing time.

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  • The Latest: Group calls for Saudis to produce writer's body
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    The Latest: Group calls for Saudis to produce writer's body

    ISTANBUL (AP) - The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia should "immediately produce" the body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi so that independence forensic experts can conduct an autopsy in line with international standards.

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  • Kasatkina beats Jabeur to win Kremlin Cup

    Kasatkina beats Jabeur to win Kremlin Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) - Daria Kasatkina won the Kremlin Cup on Saturday as Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur narrowly failed to become the first WTA winner from her country. Jabeur was a set and a break up at 4-1 in the second before she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to claim a 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory with vocal support from the home crowd.

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  • 2nd Brown-Renacci US Senate debate set for Columbus

    2nd Brown-Renacci US Senate debate set for Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The second of three planned debates in Ohio's U.S. Senate campaign is set for Saturday night. Two-term Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see) will meet at WOSU-TV on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. Brown and Renacci sparred over health care, approaches to climate change, student loan debt, immigration, tariffs and gun control during their first debate last Sunday.

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  • The Latest: Trump, Biden scheduled to campaign in Nevada

    The Latest: Trump, Biden scheduled to campaign in Nevada

    ELKO, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:20 a.m. It's going to be a busy day of politicking in Nevada, where early voting for the Nov. 6 election is beginning Saturday. President Donald Trump is wrapping up a visit to Western states with a campaign rally later Saturday in rural Elko, Nevada. He's lending support for Dean Heller, who's considered the most vulnerable GOP senator on the ballot this fall.

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  • IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

    IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

    BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said.

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  • Turkish reaction: we won't allow
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    Turkish reaction: we won't allow "cover-up" in Saudi killing

    ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey will "never allow a cover-up" of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, a senior official in Turkey's ruling party said Saturday after Saudi Arabia announced hours earlier that the writer died during a "fistfight" in its consulate.

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