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...

Weekend 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...

Interim News Director & Education Reporter

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,

Morning Edition Producer

John Bender is RIPR's Morning Edition Producer; he researches stories, interviews newsmakers and writes scripts for the morning news.  He also does additional reporting throughout the day for general reporting and special projects. He...

Development Services Coordinator

Having grown up in Washington, DC and lived in many states throughout the country, the one constant that I could always rely on was the local NPR Station.  So, when I had the opportunity to work for Rhode Island Public Radio, I was excited and...

Health Care Reporter

Kristin Espeland Gourlay joined Rhode Island Public Radio in July 2012. Before arriving in Providence, Gourlay covered the environment for WFPL Louisville, KY’s NPR station. And prior to that, she was a reporter...

Commentator: Political Roundtable

Maureen Moakley's extensive experience analyzing political trends make her a vital member of the Political Roundtable team. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University and is as professor of Political Science at the...

Sports Blogger

Mike Szostak covered sports for The Providence Journal for 36 years until retiring in 2013. His career highlights included five Winter Olympics from Lake Placid to Nagano and 17 seasons covering the

Interim Morning Edition host

Paul is a long-time fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered at RIPR.  He has stepped into the role full-time as Elisabeth Harrison takes over as Interim News Director in early February 2015...

Underwriting Account Executive

Becky has 15 years of helping businesses market themselves in various media outlets. Born and raised in Northern Michigan, she started her career working with a cable TV company and a few years later, was recruited to working for an NBC TV...

Political Analyst

With a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Vermont and a wealth of knowledge of local politics, it was a given that Scott MacKay would become a commentator for Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable.

As...

Interim General Manager (Chief Operating Officer)

Susan is a native Rhode Islander with a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University. Before returning to Rhode Island in 2009, Susan lived in the Caribbean where she enjoyed snorkeling and working as a beach attendant at her favorite...

Director of Development

As Director of Development, Tim oversees all of RIPR’s fundraising efforts. With a B.A. in English from Tufts University and a Master’s in Education from Lesley University,...