Buffalo Native David Wright Has Been Reporting on Priest Sex Abuse Since the 1990s

Oct. 12, 2019


David Wright

Buffalo native David Wright’s journalistic crusade to investigate sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church started when he was a radio reporter in Boston in the 1990s.

The issue has taken the ABC News correspondent back to his hometown to cover the scandal surrounding Bishop Richard J. Malone’s handling of the crisis in the Buffalo Diocese.

He interviewed Malone for a compelling July 26 edition of “Nightline” that included interviews with Malone, whistleblower Siobhan O’Connor and an alleged victim of sexual abuse.

The Buffalo story especially resonates with Wright, who went to middle school at Nichols before graduating from Williamsville East. He had his first job in radio at WBFO in 1989.

“Buffalo is the community I grew up in. … I remember Buffalo as being a very Catholic town,” Wright said. “I’d grown up in the orbit of that, but not in the immediate vicinity of that in the sense a lot of my friends in high school were Catholic and active in CYO at St. Gregory’s the Great.”
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