Ian Donnis

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 Roundtable, and contributes to the station’s On Politics blog.

He was for many years a regular panelist on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, is an occasional guest on RI-PBS' A Lively Experiment, and has been a political debate panelist for each of Rhode Island's three commercial television stations.

Ian previously worked for the Providence Phoenix, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and The Associated Press. His reporting has been recognized by the AP, the New England Press Association, the Rhode Island Press Association, and Rhode Island for Community & Justice.

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On Politics
2:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Providence Mayor Elorza Says He Was Profiled "Countless Times"

Elorza during a January conference with reporters.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said he was racially profiled by police "countless times" as a youth and young man in Rhode Island's capital city.

"It's just part of growing up in the city -- which is very unfortunate and sad," Elorza, a son of Guatemalan immigrants, said Thursday during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable. "I've been pulled over a number of times, so I'm sensitive to that."

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On Politics
8:08 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Elorza Unveils $696 Million Budget Proposal: Fee Hikes, But NoTax Increases

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Wednesday touted his proposed $696 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 as a way to continue the capital city's financial recovery while making it more business-friendly.

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Politics
8:52 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Elorza To Deliver First Budget Address As Providence Mayor

Jorge Elorza will deliver his first budget address as Mayor of Providence.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is slated to deliver his first budget address Wednesday. The capital city is facing a sizeable deficit.

The budget hole could be as large as $23 million. That’s a lot less than the deficit former Mayor Angel Taveras called a fiscal hurricane, but it’s still a significant gap to fill.

Mayor Jorge Elorza has pledged to cultivate broad-based economic growth, while holding the line against tax increases. Complicating the outlook is the fact that Providence needs to negotiate new contracts for teachers and municipal workers.

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On Politics
10:44 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Owner of Victory Place Suggests Alternative Site for PawSox Stadium

The owner of the Victory Place parcel near Davol Square, JAG Investment Realty, on Tuesday suggested the site as an alternative location for creating a stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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On Politics
3:01 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Raimondo: State Wants Better Deal on PawSox' Proposed Ballpark

Larry Lucchino (right) listens as PawSox president Jim Skeffington speaks before the 195 District Commission Monday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, a managing partner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was in Rhode Island to speak with the 195 District Commission Monday about the PawSox's proposal for a new stadium in ballpark. Lucchino sat down with me ahead of the commission's meeting to discuss the proposal.

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