WPRI reporter Sean Daly has been on television airwaves in Rhode Island for more than 30 years. Now, he is officially retired. Daly visited our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch about how the state and the state of local news have changed over the past three decades.
He's written what’s often called “the first draft of history” for some of the biggest stories in the state: the Claus Van Bulow attempted murder trials, Buddy Cianci and Plunder Dome, the credit union crisis, and Central Falls filing for bankruptcy.
Daly said Buddy Cianci has been the story that's made the biggest impact on his career. He was one of the very few who not only covered Buddy I and Buddy II in the 1980's and 90's, but also Cianci's attempt this past election to get back into Providence's City Hall.
Daly has seen a lot of changes over the years, most notably the rapid news cycle, thanks to social media and the Internet. Now, he's pondering his future. He said don't be surprised to see him at a major news event - not to report, but to bear witness as a citizen and recovering journalist.
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