Elisabeth Harrison

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 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.  She was promoted to full-time News Director in June of 2015.

Harrison's education is as wide ranging as her work at Rhode Island Public Radio. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College, and a joint M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from NYU.

A native of Los Angeles, Harrison loves good food and good movies.

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RIPR

According to the Community College of Rhode Island, the first class of students attending the school tuition-free is thriving. 

URI

A chemical engineering professor at the University of Rhode Island has created a portable bomb detector. The device is about the size of a toolbox, with a handle on top, and weighs 15 pounds. 

Sam Kopper

After dire warnings about accumulating snow, dangerous driving conditions, wind and power outages, schools closed across Rhode Island (except for Pawtucket, the only district that got this one right) and state offices shut down.

Then we waited. And waited, and waited.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service said the snowstorm heading this way will bring the potential for more power outages because of tree limbs weakened by the last three storms in just a few short weeks.

Ian Donnis

Rhode Island's Republican Party renewed questions Monday about a fundraising agreement between Gina Raimondo and the Providence City Democratic Committee, requesting an advisory opinion from the state Board of Elections.

The GOP described the agreement as a way to get around legal limits to individual campaign donations.

National Weather Service

With at least a foot of snow expected by Tuesday afternoon, emergency management officials said residents should resist the urge to hop in their cars for the usual morning commute.

Judiciary committees in the Rhode Island General Assembly are slated to start hearing testimony on Tuesday on a series of gun-related proposals.

Elisabeth Harrison

A poll of 425 registered voters, commissioned by the construction trades group BuildRI, found that just over 70 percent of respondents think it's important to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rhode Island. But when asked whether taxpayer money should be used to build the team's proposed new ballpark, a little more than half, or 53.4 percent, expressed reservations.

Natalie Cioffari / WSHU

Connecticut’s largest city has begun a pilot program to test body cameras for its police officers.

Bridgeport joins Rhode Island cities that have started outfitting police officers with body cameras. In Providence, patrol officers began wearing the cameras in 2017 after a pilot program. Some Newport police officers have also been equipped with body cameras.

RI Department of Health

Hospitals have reported an increase in patients who tested positive for flu over the last three weeks, according to the most recent data from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

John Bender

The Patriots have brought home more than their share of wins for the ages, but Sunday night's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles wasn't one of them.

Jesse Costa/WBUR

It’s been the talk of New England for weeks now. Will the Pats blow out the Eagles in the Super Bowl? Or will the Eagles run away with this one?  Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon put that question to sports blogger Mike Szostak.

His take?

This will be a close game. There's no doubt about it. Both teams have strengths, and a few weaknesses, but they both had to prove themselves to get this far. 

Elisabeth Harrison

The single largest piece of the state budget – roughly $1.4 billion from general revenue – goes to education. 

Elisabeth Harrison

Unemployment is down, cranes are rising over Providence, and there’s hope for a better future. That was the message from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, who delivered her 4th State of the State address Tuesday evening in Providence.

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State police confirmed on Wednesday what they called an "active investigation" into state Senator Nicholas Kettle, a Republican who represents parts of Coventry, Foster, West Greenwich and Scituate, Rhode Island.

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