The Most Viewed Stories of 2020

A Look Back at The Stories We Were All Talking About in 2020


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The year 2020 will go down as one of the most eventful and consequential years in world history.  Here in Southern New England we experienced our share of big stories too.  From the Pandemic’s local impact, to many other important stories, ABC6 News “Was On It” in 2020 for you.  We’ve compiled a list of the top 50 most viewed stories of 2020.  As we all get ready to (safely) welcome in 2021, take some time and look back at the Southern New England stories that we were all talking about in 2020.

*List begins with most read stories


  1. Suspect involved in Christopher Columbus vandalism is teacher at Pawtucket Public Schools
  2. FBI launches investigation into unemployment fraud
  3. Police SUV in flames as protest turns to riot outside Providence Place Mall
  4. Three men break into Providence Place Mall, seen with shopping cart filled with bags
  5. Paranormal activity? Bristol farmhouse becomes center of ghost story
  6. Raimondo says hair salons, outdoor activities, gyms can open with restrictions June 1
  7. Newport restaurant owner calls out patron on social media for repeatedly being a no-show
  8. Red, swollen toes? It could be COVID-19
  9. URI sorority suspended due to racist video
  10. Massachusetts boat hooks over 1000 pound tuna
  11. Providence Police seeking to identify female robbery victim
  12. Pawtucket mom finds son’s body in river, says police didn’t do enough
  13. UPDATE: Shelter dog waiting 4 years for his forever home. Adoption fee paid for
  14. Man arrested for spray-painting swastikas at Providence College
  15. Stop & Shop enforces product limit for customers
  16. People still flock to beaches despite restrictions
  17. Whale washes ashore on Scarborough Beach
  18. Still waiting for your stimulus check? Here’s how to track it.
  19. Strip clubs allowed to reopen in Providence without touching, entertainment must be outside
  20. Man Dies in Hospital After Being Found in Street, Police Looking to Identify
  21. Providence Police moped crash body camera footage released
  22. Woman who took photo of Governor Raimondo without mask speaks out
  23. New Yorker catches quarantine check on ring camera: “I felt singled out at first but it’s for the best”
  24. Woonsocket police looking to identify suspects in photos
  25. Rhode Island ice cream shop says they will not tolerate disgruntled customers
  26. Suspect in Providence shooting caught on home surveillance camera
  27. Providence police seeking suspects in mall break-in
  28. National Guard will go door-to-door to make sure New Yorkers quarantine
  29. Hair salon owner seeking more guidance from state in advance of reopening
  30. Rhode Island restaurant owner says he will not be opening his dining rooms in Phase 2
  31. A Providence man is in a coma; his family seek answers, call for prayers
  32. Warwick mother makes ultimate sacrifice for daughter
  33. Former New Bedford Public School employee fired over comments made on social media
  34. 400 pounds of marijuana, gun, various illegal fireworks seized from Pawtucket man’s home
  35. A bear caught roaming a Warwick neighborhood is apparently a frequent visitor
  36. North Kingstown School Committee votes against full distance learning and elementary school closure
  37. Atlantic Shark Institute detects four great white sharks near Block Island
  38. Gov. Raimondo announces a phased plan to reopen Rhode Island
  39. Gov. Charlie Baker extends Massachusetts stay-at-home order
  40. Nearly all indoor venues, weddings, parties allowed to resume with limits in Phase 3
  41. Hasbro Children’s hospital on the lookout for rare inflammatory disease in children possibly linked to COVID-19
  42. Winter Outlook 2020-2021: Big Snow Expected?
  43. Employees at Taylor Farms express work hazard concerns after workers test positive
  44. Coronavirus Outbreak News & Resources
  45. Over 100 dirt bikes and ATVs ride through Providence, officer involved crash caught on camera
  46. Tenant late on rent captures landlord on camera destroying home and threatening to kill him
  47. Correctional officers push to be added to tinted window bill
  48. Longtime Johnston Coach Dan Mazzulla Passes Away
  49. Rhode Islander out to prove the rights of out of state drivers
  50. UPDATE: Shelter dog waiting 4 years for his forever home. Adoption fee paid for












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