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Charlie Specht

Chief Investigator

Charlie Specht is the Chief Investigator for the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team. He joined the Eyewitness News team in August 2016.

Charlie started his career in print journalism, where he was a reporter for The Buffalo News. In 2013, he was named the Michael Hendricks Young Journalist of the Year by the New York State Associated Press Association. The award stemmed from his reports on gambling, corruption and pollution in Niagara Falls.

In 2017, he earned a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigation of Niagara County Community College, where he uncovered bid-rigging of contracts and mishandling of sexual assault by college administrators. His reporting led to the resignation of the college president and increased security for students on campus.

He also earned first place in the New York State Associated Press Association Awards for Investigative Reporting for exposing the questionable medical practices of Dr. Anthony Pignataro, who was advertising medical procedures under a fake name after his release from prison, without a medical license.

In 2018, his investigation of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo revealed multiple bishops, including Bishop Richard Malone, allowed priests to minister despite allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse. The State Attorney General and the FBI have since opened their own investigations into the diocese.

Born in Buffalo, Charlie is a graduate of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University.

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