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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Political Roundtable: Rodriguez on Medicaid Spending, Misuse of Campaign Funds and PawSox

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Physician, educator and talk-show host Pablo Rodriguez joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the uptick in state revenue; the battle over Medicaid spending; whether lawmakers have done enough to respond to the misuse of campaign contributions; and the PawSox.

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On Politics
4:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton Slated To Come To RI For Mid-June Fundraiser

Clinton campaigning with Raimondo last year.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Hillary Clinton is slated to come to Rhode Island next month for a mid-June fundraiser at longtime Democratic activist Mark Weiner's East Greenwich home, RIPR has learned.

Two top Clinton campaign officials recently visited Providence to establish the Democrat's presidential campaign office, as part of an aggressive 50-state strategy.

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On Politics
4:02 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

State Drops Unregistered Lobbying Cases Over 38 Studios; Gorbea Proposes Tougher Sanctions

Gorbea, center, with Corrente and lobbyist Greg Mancini.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The state has dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two of the figures linked to the failed video game maker 38 Studios. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is backing legislation that she said will clarify and strengthen the rules on lobbying.

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On Politics
1:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Holy Cross Sports Economist Says Triple A Ballpark Subsidies Not Justified by Benefits

Matheson speaking at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

College of the Holy Cross professor Victor Matheson, a sports economist, says the economic benefits of the PawSox’ proposed Providence ballpark do not justify a large commitment of public dollars. Matheson spoke Wednesday morning during an event sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Gatehouse Media Targeting Unidentified Number of Buyouts at ProJo

The Providence Journal building in downtown Providence
Credit RIPR FILE

GateHouse Media, the owner of the Providence Journal, is targeting an unidentified number of buy-outs in non-union and union positions.

"They tell us they don't have a number that they're looking at," said John Hill, a reporter who is the president of the Providence Newspaper Guild.

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