Elisabeth Harrison

News Director

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 journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.  She was promoted to full-time News Director in June of 2015.

Harrison's education is as wide ranging as her work at Rhode Island Public Radio. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College, and a joint M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from NYU.

A native of Los Angeles, Harrison loves good food and good movies.

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Hillary Clinton claimed primary victories in Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, but on the Democratic side at least, Rhode Island went its own way. Nearly 55 percent of voters in the Democratic primary chose Sanders, compared with 43 percent for Clinton. Sanders' margin of victory was larger than expected.

Elisabeth Harrison

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich addressed a crowd at Bryant University Saturday, just a few days before Rhode Island's presidential primary.

Speaking on a range of issues, the Ohio governor discussed his childhood in Pennsylvania coal country, his concerns about the national debt, and his belief that government should ease regulation to help small business owners.

"Our job is not to play politics, do focus groups, worry about re-election," Kasich said. "The fundamental problem we’ve had in America is our leadership has been very poor."

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A Providence police officer was scheduled for arraignment Friday after his arrest on charges of  breaking and entering and larceny involving a company that distributes newspapers for The Providence Journal.

Officer Jesse Ferrell, a 19-year veteran of the department, is accused of breaking into a distribution center and taking materials that are usually delivered inside the newspaper to home-delivery customers.

Ian Donnis

Former gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell and his wife Michelle Kwan are making the rounds for Hillary Clinton in Rhode Island this week, as the Clinton campaign looks to keep up momentum from a win in New York. Pell spoke at a house party for Clinton in Kingston on Tuesday.

“People were so excited about Hillary, they wanted to know how to get involved to sign up to go knock on doors, to make phone calls, and also to people who were still making up their minds,” said Pell.

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The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in less than a week, and as part of our Rhody Votes ’16 coverage, we’re talking to voters across the state about the candidates and the issues that matter to them.

Our producer Joan Moses met Barbara Scott at the Coffee Depot in Warren. She’s a registered Independent weighing a vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

You can listen to the rest of our RhodyVotes ‘16 voter postcards here.

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Advanced placement – or AP – courses are offered in many high schools as a way for students to take college-level classes and impress college admissions officers. Over the past decade, the number of students taking these challenging courses has nearly doubled. But one private high school in Rhode Island is saying no more to the AP. Lincoln School in Providence plans to stop offering AP courses in the fall of 2017. Lincoln Head of School Suzanne Fogarty discussed the decision with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.

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Rhode Island’s presidential primary is less than two weeks away, and we are listening to voters from across the State. Rhode Island Public Radio producer Martin Gallogly talked to husband and wife Mimi and Bruce Bartlett at Gary's Handy Lunch, a diner in Newport.

The Bartletts say one of their biggest concerns is national security, but they disagree with Donald Trump's proposals to deport immigrants, and build a wall along the Mexican border. They plan to vote for a Democrat but they are still unsure which one.

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A crowd gathered at the Community College of Rhode Island's main campus in Warwick on Thursday to hear former President Bill Clinton stump for his wife Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Today we continue our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage of Rhode Island’s presidential primary with the view from a senior center in Cranston. Our producer Sophie McKibben found Steve McCarthy and Al Roberto working on a jigsaw puzzle and feeling pretty negative about their representatives in Washington D.C. Roberto plans to vote for Donald Trump, but his friend Steve McCarthy remains undecided.

You can listen to the rest of our RhodyVotes ‘16 voter postcards here.

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Just two decades ago, the vast majority of Rhode Island children had elevated levels of lead in their blood when they were tested at the start of Kindergarten. Today, the percentage has dropped into the single digits, according to Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant, whose organization started tracking blood lead statistics in the mid-1990s.

Red Sox Drop Home Opener To Orioles

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Despite their new pitching ace, David Price, on the mound for the team’s 105th opening game, the Red Sox lost to the undefeated Baltimore Orioles 9-7. But for fans, opening day is all about optimism.

The highly touted pitcher gave up five runs and stayed in the game just five innings. While the outcome of the game might not be what some fans hoped, Bob Bliss of Worcester, Massachusetts was feeling hopeful about the season.

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Children are becoming more diverse in Rhode Island, but the number of babies born in withdrawal from opioids continues to grow. Those are just some of the statistics in this year’s Kids Count fact book, which comes out Monday. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant about several of the highlights in the report.  

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday she would veto at least one bill designed to make it harder to open new charter schools. Speaking at an on-the-record lunch with reporters, Raimondo discussed a bill that would require local elected officials to sign off on new or expanding charter schools.

Katherine Doherty

The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in a little more than two weeks. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage of this year’s election, we’re listening to what voters have to say across the state. Our producer Katherine Doherty found a range of views when she spoke to residents in Warwick. 

Kristin Gourlay

Child welfare officials say they are already working to correct several problems highlighted in a report from the Office of the Child Advocate, which found two infants' deaths could have been prevented. The report looked at the deaths of three infants, two in state care and one whose parents had prior contact with the child welfare system.

The findings raised questions about safety for foster children, particularly children placed with relatives in unlicensed foster homes. 

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