People

Director of Information Technology & Engineering

Aaron leads the team that keeps our transmitters, computers and studios working at peak proficiency while strategizing future technical improvements.   Born in Westerly and raised in nearby Mystic, CT, Aaron has lived in New England for over 30...

Environmental Reporter

Ambar Espinoza’s roots in environmental journalism started in Rhode Island a few years ago as an environmental reporting fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting. She worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public...

Performing Arts Critic

Bill Gale has had a widely varied career (including a stint as an air traffic controller) before dedicating himself to The Providence Journal for 35 years — 25 of those as the Journal's theater and dance critic. He is the former executive...

News Director

Catherine Welch is news director at Rhode Island Public Radio. Before her move to Rhode Island in 2010, Catherine was news director at WHQR in Wilmington, NC. She was also news director at KBIA in Columbia, MO where she was a faculty member at...

Weekend Edition host
All Things Considered host
Manager of Corporate Underwriting

Donna Bannon has been in the radio industry for more than 25 years.

Bannon was exposed to radio through one of her first jobs. She applied to the local station for an open sales position and has been part of the Rhode Island radio...

Morning Edition Host, Education Reporter

Elisabeth Harrison's journalism background includes everything from behind-the-scenes work with the CBS Evening News to freelance documentary production.

She joined the WRNI team in 2007 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance...

Political Reporter

Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio since 2009. The Washington Post has called him one of Rhode Island’s best political reporters. Besides reporting, Ian tweets at @IanDon, hosts RIPR’s weekly Political...

Operations & Production Manager

As Operations & Production Manager, James handles everything from on-air promotions to producing the pledge drive. If you have a question about a program or story you heard on RIPR, he will be happy to talk to you about it.

Membership Manager
Finance
Producer
General Manager

Joe O'Connor came to Rhode Island Public Radio by way of his role as Senior Producer for the award-winning radio program On Point, produced for NPR by The WBUR Group in Boston.

O'Connor first worked as a producer for CNN, then spent 22...

Development Services Coordinator
Deputy Development Director
Health Care Reporter

Kristin Espeland Gourlay joined Rhode Island Public Radio in July 2012. Before arriving in Providence, Gourlay covered the environment for Louisville, KY’s NPR station. And prior to that, she was a reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio.

Commentator: Political Roundtable

Maureen Moakley's extensive experience analyzing political trends make her a vital member of the Political Roundtable team. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University and is as professor of Political Science at the...

Mike Szostak covered sports for The Providence Journal for 36 years until retiring in 2013. His career highlights included five Winter Olympics from Lake Placid to Nagano and 17 seasons covering the Boston Celtics. His beats  also included...

Underwriting Account Executive
Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As...

Chief Operating Officer

Susan is a native Rhode Islander with a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University. Before returning to Rhode Island in 2009, Susan lived in the Caribbean where she enjoyed snorkeling and working as a beach attendant at her favorite...

Development Director