Steve Bottari is a television news anchor and reporter.
At the news desk for ABC-affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, his wall-to-wall anchoring has spanned everything from car chases, wildfires, and home explosions — to the deadly crash at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.
In the field, Steve provided live updates to Hearst Television stations across the country from the scene of the officer ambush in Dallas, Tx.
He was 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.
His investigations have warned of the national security risk to oil stockpiles and 21 zip-codes with an elevated lead threat.
Prior to KOCO, he was the weekday morning anchor at WCAX-TV, the venerable CBS-affiliate in Burlington, Vt.
There Steve moderated a gubernatorial debate, looked into V.A. hospitals, and uncovered $100-million dollars being spent by the government to battle a beetle.
In true Vermont fashion, he also reported on a miniature donkey’s 30th birthday — and raced on Lake Champlain in a hollowed out giant pumpkin (it sank).
Steve crisscrossed New Hampshire during a presidential primary covering the major candidates — and some of the long shots — for WBIN-TV.
He earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Steve was valedictorian at Fairfield University, where he earned his bachelor’s in communication and politics — graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.
Summer, a precocious golden retriever-mix rescue dog, takes up most of Steve’s time outside of the newsroom (as well as eats most of his belongings).
Steve is an Eagle Scout. He grew up in Chelmsford, Mass.