Steve Bottari is an evening news anchor at WMTW-TV, the ABC-affiliate in Portland, Maine.
In addition to anchoring the 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts, Steve often field anchors major breaking news — including the funeral of First Lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Tx.; the days-long manhunt for a suspected cop killer; and ocean side during a dangerous coastal Nor’easter.
He joined from Hearst Television sister station, KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Bottari honed his breaking news skills in the Sooner State, where he covered everything from car chases, wildfires and home explosions — to the deadly crash at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.
He served as a special correspondent for dozens of Hearst television stations across the country, reporting live from Dallas, Tx. at the scene of the officer ambush — and on the ground for days in Florida as Hurricane Irma made landfall.
Steve has covered all forms of severe weather ‘tornado alley’ is famous for — and the new threat in Oklahoma: earthquakes.
Prior to KOCO-TV, Bottari was the weekday morning news anchor at WCAX-TV, the venerable CBS-affiliate in Burlington, Vt.
Steve earned his master’s in broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, where he was an instructional associate.
He was the valedictorian at Fairfield University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in communication and politics.
Out of the newsroom, Summer — a precocious rescue dog — takes up most of Steve’s time (and eats many of his belongings).
Bottari is an Eagle Scout.