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.

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