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...

  • 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 criti...

  • Columnist

    For more than 40 years, Bob Kerr worked at the Providence Journal, where he was beloved by many readers for his columns about the people and the issues that animate Rhode Island.  Now he's an occasional contributor to Rhode Island Publ...

  • Morning Edition host

    Chuck became part of RIPR in 2012 after a career on commercial radio. He got his broadcasting start as an announcer for Off Track Betting Corporation in NYC. He’s been a news director, music director, production director and morning personality...

  • All Things Considered & The Bottom Line host

    Dave Fallon is RIPR's afternoon host and news anchor for All Things Considered, and is co-host of RIPR's weekly business news segment, The Bottom Line.

    Fallon is a born...

  • 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 market...

  • Fill-in Host

    Donna Mac is a veteran female broadcaster, spending 25+ years in the industry in Boston & Worcester, MA as well as Providence, RI as a news broadcaster and editor, personality, interviewer, producer and mistress of ceremonies. Today, Donna ...

  • 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...

  • Manager of Major Giving

    As Manager of Major Giving, Erin is focused on working with our key stakeholders to help advance the mission and secure the future of RIPR.

    Erin attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and has alm...

  • 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

  • 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.

    Before jo...

  • Membership Manager

    Originally from Ohio, Jed Thorp joined Rhode Island Public Radio in December 2014. As Membership Manager, his responsibilities include coordinating mail and on-air fundraising efforts, creating RIPR's weekly e-newsletter and assisting members w...

  • Finance & Traffic Manager

    Jeff joined RIPR in May of 2011, and handles duties in Finance and Payroll, and is our Traffic Manager; that means he manages the scheduling of our underwriters' messages that you hear.  

    He’s a native of Quincy, MA and enjoys just abou...

  • Producer

    Jim helps produce and edit special projects for RIPR.  He's been a longtime presence here, dating back to the WRNI and even WBUR days, including: Focus Rhode Island,

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