Steve Bottari is an evening news anchor at WMTW-TV, Hearst Television’s ABC-affiliate in Portland, Maine.
At WMTW News 8, Steve anchors the 4 P.M., 5 P.M., and 11 P.M. newscasts.
He also launched and anchors the 10 P.M. news on Maine’s CW.
Bottari is trusted for his breaking news abilities, especially when unfolding developments demand wall-to-wall live coverage – synthesizing complex information in real time while balancing journalistic and legal obligations — to make sure viewers know what’s going on in their world, with context and perspective.
Steve often field anchors major breaking news — including the 2020 presidential race live from New Hampshire; the funeral of First Lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Tx.; a days-long neighborhood manhunt for the killer of a police officer; and ocean side during a dangerous coastal Nor’easter.
Bottari also led the station’s important coverage of life-changing events ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to the Black Lives Matter protests, a paper mill explosion to Maine’s first deadly shark attack.
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 police 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 S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he was also an Instructional Associate for a variety of journalism courses.
He was the valedictorian at Fairfield University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with a bachelor’s double-majoring in communication and politics.
Steve is an Eagle Scout and can be found searching for the best hiking trails with his precocious rescue dog, Summer (who, in spite of her name, actually loves Maine winters more than anything).