Hundreds of politicians, journalists, friends and family paid tribute to legendary Rhode Island investigative reporter Jim Taricani at his funeral on Thursday.
Taricani, who died of kidney failure on Friday at his home in North Kingstown at age 69, covered Rhode Island for four decades, including 32 years at WJAR. He earned a reputation for uncovering corruption and shining a light on the New England Mafia and figures such as Raymond L.S. Patriarca.
In 2004, Taricani was convicted of civil contempt for refusing to reveal the source of a secret FBI videotape that showed a Providence city official taking a $1,000 cash bribe. A federal judge sentenced him to six months on home confinement, and he was released after four months for good behavior. He became a national advocate for a federal shield law that would protect journalists from having to reveal sources.