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Walter Smith-Randolph made his mark at Local 12 when he joined as a Reporter and Special Projects Contributor in September 2018, bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to his role.

Before his time in Cincinnati, Walter honed his reporting skills as a one-man band journalist in various locations, including Elmira, N.Y., and Flint, Mich. His investigative prowess truly shone in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Mich., where he served as an Investigative Reporter.

Notably, during his tenure in Flint, Walter’s reporting played a pivotal role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis. His work earned him an EMMY nomination and brought much-needed attention and assistance to the city during its challenging times. In West Michigan, he fearlessly exposed instances of waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption. His reporting sparked policy changes and led to the resignations of public officials. Recognizing his dedication to the welfare of children, Walter was honored as the 2017 Kalamazoo Child Advocate of the Year for a series of investigative reports that exposed child abuse and neglect.

Walter’s roots trace back to Queens, N.Y., and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Villanova University. He furthered his education by obtaining a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Beyond his reporting duties, Walter actively contributes to the field of journalism. He serves as the Treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists and imparts his knowledge as an Adjunct Instructor at Northern Kentucky University, having previously taught journalism at Western Michigan University. He’s a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Investigative Reporters and Editors, The National Association of Black Journalists, and the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting.

If you have a story idea or a tip that deserves attention, you can reach out to Walter Smith-Randolph via email at His commitment to investigative journalism and community advocacy make him a valuable asset to Local 12 and the field of journalism as a whole.

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