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.


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

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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On Politics
3:24 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Representative Almeida Pleads No Contest to Reduced Charge in Campaign Finance Case

Representative Almeida in the House chamber earlier this year.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

State Representative Joseph Almeida (D-Providence) was sentenced to a year of probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge, using campaign funds for his personal use, in a case that focused attention on lawmakers and their campaign finance accounts.

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RI News
8:48 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Despite Outside Interest, Pawsox Prefer To Stay In Rhode Island

Artist rendering of proposed waterfront baseball stadium in Providence

Despite interest from other communities, the PawSox say they remain focused on moving the team to Providence. New Bedford officials have indicated a desire to attract the PawSox if things don’t work out in the Ocean State.

PawSox spokeswoman Patti Doyle said the team’s ownership continues to focus on what it calls Plan A – wining support for the construction of a new ballpark near downtown Providence.

City councilors in New Bedford said they’d like to interest the PawSox in relocating there, but recognize that Rhode Island is the team’s first choice.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Raimondo, Legislative Leaders Outline Budget Priorities Following Boost in State Revenue

Raimondo during a March news conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo said the increase of more than $140 million in state revenue identified during last Friday's revenue estimating conference should be used "to invest in economic growth and putting people to work." The governor also appears to have joined with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in supporting the elimination of the Taylor Swift tax.

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On Politics
3:31 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The time for raking snow from the roof has given way to the delights of spring and inevitable complaints about heat and humidity. The General Assembly session is headed to busier times and other big issues are simmering. So thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me comments and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters.

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