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BOY #402. Here’s our story about the juvenile record of Albert DeSalvo — recently uncovered by a former reporter for The...
09/12/2022
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | Boy 402 | Season 3 | Episode 36 | Rhode Island PBS

BOY #402. Here’s our story about the juvenile record of Albert DeSalvo — recently uncovered by a former reporter for The Boston Globe — and whether it sheds new light on his confession to being the Boston Strangler. Aired tonight @ Rhode Island PBS Weekly.

David Wright explores Albert DeSalvo’s, aka, the Boston Strangler, long criminal career.

Sad to see Vin Scully has died, though at 94 he had good innings.  I had the honor of spending the afternoon with him at...
08/03/2022
Video Vin Scully is the 'Soundtrack of Summer'

Sad to see Vin Scully has died, though at 94 he had good innings. I had the honor of spending the afternoon with him at Dodger Stadium as he announced what would end up being his penultimate season in the announcer’s booth. A consummate gentleman and a baseball legend. What a voice.

Here’s the tribute piece we did:

ABC News' David Wright sits down with legendary announcer Vin Scully on his remarkable 65 years covering Dodger baseball.

As the Diocese of Providence turns 150, we sat down with Bishop Thomas Tobin. He was consecrated a priest the same year ...
05/30/2022
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | Bishop Tobin | Season 3 | Episode 21

As the Diocese of Providence turns 150, we sat down with Bishop Thomas Tobin. He was consecrated a priest the same year Roe v Wade came into effect, and he has fought against abortion his whole career. Now the Supreme Court looks likely to throw out Roe, but abortion rights are codified by law in Rhode Island. That’s where we started our conversation.

An in-depth interview with Providence’s Bishop Thomas Tobin.

There’s too much shouting tu& outrage on network & cable.  I wanted this piece to be a conversation - one where everyone...
05/25/2022
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | Critical Race Theory | Season 3 | Episode 20

There’s too much shouting tu& outrage on network & cable. I wanted this piece to be a conversation - one where everyone gets ‘heard’ - because it’s a conversation we need to have.

An in-depth report on the controversy about teaching critical race theory in schools.

Meet Mark Patinkin - columnist for the The Providence Journal. He’s been there 40+ years.  What Breslin was for NYC, Cae...
05/21/2022
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | Patinkin's Page | Season 3 | Episode 19

Meet Mark Patinkin - columnist for the The Providence Journal. He’s been there 40+ years. What Breslin was for NYC, Caen for SF, Royko for Chicago, Patinkin is for Rhode Island: a grizzled watchdog, a constant in decades of change, and one of the last examples of a proud tradition in American journalism. Here's our profile via Rhode Island PBS

An in-depth interview with long-time Providence Journal columnist Mark Patinkin.

PROMISED LAND: America’s oldest synagogue is the focus of a landlord-tenant dispute. The Orthodox congregation that has ...
04/21/2022
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | Exodus from Touro? | Season 3 | Episode 15

PROMISED LAND: America’s oldest synagogue is the focus of a landlord-tenant dispute. The Orthodox congregation that has owned Touro Synagogue for 200+ years is seeking to evict the Orthodox congregation that has worshipped there 100+ years.

Here’s my story for Rhode Island PBS:

12/16/2021
NARRAGANSETT HOMECOMING in Rhode Island's Great Swamp

NARRAGANSETT HOMECOMING. Nearly 350 years ago this week, colonial troops from Massachusetts and Connecticut carried out a surprise attack on a Narragansett Indian fort in Rhode Island's Great Swamp. The Narragansett have long mourned this atrocity and the bloody war that all but wiped their tribe out of existence. The Rhode Island Historical Society recently gave several acres of land back to the tribe as a significant gesture of atonement. Here's the story Bartley Price & I did for Rhode Island PBS Weekly

NO SHRINKING VIOLET: Wonderful to sit down for a chat with the woman once nicknamed Attila the Nun.   Arlene Violet was ...
11/11/2021
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | No Shrinking Violet | Season 2 | Episode 245

NO SHRINKING VIOLET: Wonderful to sit down for a chat with the woman once nicknamed Attila the Nun. Arlene Violet was America's first female attorney general and, at age 78, she remains a voice of conscience in New England politics. She's one of the most inspiring people I've had the pleasure to meet. For Rhode Island PBS Weekly along w/ Bartley Price.

As the first female attorney general, Arlene Violet is a force to be reckoned with.

As Canada reopens Its border to fully vaccinated Americans August 9th, prepare for a bit of a culture shock.  For my hom...
08/01/2021
My View: In cautious Canada, Covid is different

As Canada reopens Its border to fully vaccinated Americans August 9th, prepare for a bit of a culture shock.

For my hometown paper, The Buffalo News:

"The reopening of the Canadian border is a promising sign we have finally turned a corner," writes David Wright.

ROCK BOTTOM RECOVERY.  Support your local fishermen this 4th of July weekend by enjoying some freshly caught seafood. Th...
07/01/2021
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | Rock Bottom Recovery | Season 2 | Episode 226

ROCK BOTTOM RECOVERY. Support your local fishermen this 4th of July weekend by enjoying some freshly caught seafood. They’ve had an especially tough year. Here’s our latest story for Rhode Island PBS Weekly - digging for clams on Narragansett Bay

David Wright explores Rhode Island’s clam fishing industry, post the pandemic.

MAKING A KILLING: Lizzie Borden took an axe… and we spent the night at the crime scene, a unique B&B that recently sold ...
05/20/2021
Rhode Island PBS Weekly | Lizzie | Season 2 | Episode 220

MAKING A KILLING: Lizzie Borden took an axe… and we spent the night at the crime scene, a unique B&B that recently sold for $2 million. Here’s our look at the enduring intrigue about the case - with Bartley Price Rhode Island PBS Rhode Island PBS Weekly Lizzie Borden Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast/ Museum Lizzie Borden's Maplecroft

A visit to Lizzie Borden's house, the site of one of New England’s most notorious murders.

SIDEKICK NO MORE. Tonight’s convention speech by President Obama marks a big milestone for these two men.  They started ...
08/20/2020
Video: Inside the Obama-Biden relationship

SIDEKICK NO MORE. Tonight’s convention speech by President Obama marks a big milestone for these two men. They started as an odd couple and went on to become fast friends. Here’s our story:

ABC's David Wright reports on how the deeply personal relationship between former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden was forged and what it means for the 2020 campaign.

PASSING THE TORCH.  As Americans celebrate the life's work of civil rights legend John Lewis, a new generation says it i...
07/31/2020
Video: John Lewis passes the torch to the next generation

PASSING THE TORCH. As Americans celebrate the life's work of civil rights legend John Lewis, a new generation says it is ready to carry on the fight. Here's our story ABC News Live: https://abcn.ws/30XPFdu

David Wright speaks to a 23-year-old Air Force veteran Arianna Evans, a speaker at next month’s March on Washington, on how John Lewis’s legacy will impact her activism.

NOT SO PROUD. Poland’s President Andzej Duda gets a coveted photo opportunity with his biggest foreign ally and politica...
06/26/2020
Video: Polish persecution of LGBTQ communities

NOT SO PROUD. Poland’s President Andzej Duda gets a coveted photo opportunity with his biggest foreign ally and political role model, the American President. Duda, who is up for re-election next week, has whipped up hostility to the #LGBTQ community back home. Here’s our ABC News story on the issue:

Poland’s President Duda visits the White House four days ahead of the presidential elections, as members of Poland’s LGBTQ community say Duda has taken actions that make them feel unsafe.

IVORY TOWER. Progress toward racial diversity on campus may suffer in the cutbacks expected after Covid 19. Here’s our s...
06/19/2020
Video: Uphill tenure battle for black professors

IVORY TOWER. Progress toward racial diversity on campus may suffer in the cutbacks expected after Covid 19. Here’s our story about one UVa professor and how his struggle with tenure connects with that issue. https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/uphill-tenure-battle-black-professors-71336038

ABC News’ David Wright reports on professor Paul Harris’s dispute with the University of Virginia over his tenure process, and the disparities black professors may face.

The great Nina Simone wrote this in response to the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers.  Performing it at Carn...
06/17/2020
Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam

The great Nina Simone wrote this in response to the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Performing it at Carnegie Hall for a mostly white audience, she told them, "This is a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it, yet."

That was the year I was born.

It is shameful our society has not made more progress on racial justice in all that time.

Mississippi Goddam then. Minnesota Goddam today. That one change aside, the lyrics, sadly, all still apply.

Here she is performing in the south of France.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM

"Mississippi Goddam" by Nina Simone Recording session: Live in Antibes, July 24-25, 1965. The sixth Antibes Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival took place from July ...

On the anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, it is worth remembering this great speech - the night Martin Luthe...
06/05/2020
Indianapolis, 1968: Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and a historic call for peace

On the anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, it is worth remembering this great speech - the night Martin Luther King was killed a few months prior.

Two thoughts: it’s a shame we don’t have more compassionate leadership today. And it’s tragic we are still dealing with the same awful issues more than 50 years later

https://youtu.be/A2kWIa8wSC0

On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy announced the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. to a majority-black crowd in an Indianapolis park. His impromptu speech is...

"I CAN'T BREATHE"  Public health experts say police should not use tear gas or other chemical weapons for crowd control ...
06/05/2020
Video: Tear gas, other compliance weapons may be increasing COVID-19 risks at protests

"I CAN'T BREATHE" Public health experts say police should not use tear gas or other chemical weapons for crowd control in a time of coronavirus. Here's our ABC News story: https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/tear-gas-compliance-weapons-increasing-covid-19-risks-71080049

ABC News’ David Wright reports on how the use of tear gas and other chemical agents against protesters could increase the risk of spreading coronavirus infections.

STRONG MEN ALSO CRY. Manly tears are becoming more common these days and understandably so. But as a society we’re still...
05/30/2020
Can our leaders cry?

STRONG MEN ALSO CRY. Manly tears are becoming more common these days and understandably so. But as a society we’re still a little defensive about our leaders crying in public. https://www.yahoo.com/gma/leaders-cry-205002037.html

ABC News' David Wright looks at leaders both past and present shedding a tear, something happening more amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Quarantine becomes harder, not easier, the longer it goes on.  That's true for kids as well as grown ups.  But kids are ...
04/27/2020
Video: What children miss from before COVID-19 crisis

Quarantine becomes harder, not easier, the longer it goes on. That's true for kids as well as grown ups. But kids are good at expressing what their hopes and their anxieties through art. Worldwide, their artwork shows some common themes. Here's our story for ABC News Live: https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/children-miss-covid-19-crisis-70342833

ABC News’ David Wright shows us children across the globe drawing what they miss most about the world and showing us how they are staying at home.

However and with whomever you manage to celebrate, here’s wishing you a Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and/or, soon enoug...
04/12/2020
Video: Dramatic changes to how millions will celebrate Easter weekend

However and with whomever you manage to celebrate, here’s wishing you a Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and/or, soon enough, Ramadan Mubarak. May God bless you and your families and help us all find our way through the challenges of the moment. Here’s our Good Morning America piece:

Ways the faithful can still participate and the religious leaders who plan to defy social distancing guidelines.

Funerals honor the dead and comfort the living. Coronavirus is disrupting that too, robbing us of the rituals that help ...
04/10/2020
Video: Mourners struggle as COVID-19 overwhelms funeral homes

Funerals honor the dead and comfort the living. Coronavirus is disrupting that too, robbing us of the rituals that help us cope with death

ABC's David Wright reports on the strain coronavirus has placed on mourners around the world due to social distancing standards, and how it's overwhelmed funeral homes.

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Thank you. Your courage and your integrity are appreciated by many.
I think ABC has treated you very unfairly. You should have every right to have a political opinion of your own just like others. Brit Hume on FOX makes no attempt to hide how he feels. Sean Hannity is Trump's mouthpiece! My employer can't muzzle me! I can write a letter to the editor critical of Trump and I work for the government! I am very disappointed with ABC News and think I would like to see you on NBC or CBS. I will watch ABC less! Are they going to go after George Stephanopolis next?
Why is it that ABC NEWS has higher standards than the POTUS. Brian Wright Suspended as well as Matt Gutman. Brian Ross fired. None of them told lies intentionally.
When will you be back?
I'm sorry ABC has suspended a true American patriot as yourself.. I pray the rest of our country can see your sacrifice as an unveiling of the ABC corporation's deeply disturbing corruption that willfully ignores the American people and keeps them uniformed.. I hope the world sees them as the fake news they really are.. You have my complete support and I will do everything I can to help expose this heinous injustice to you and the US citizens.. God bless
Thank you for your principled journalism.
Shame on ABC "News" shooting the messenger for telling the truth!
THANK YOU for standing up for integrity and honesty in journalism. I hope you leave ABC and find a rewarding job where you can bring unbiased news to "We the People".