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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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

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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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A blanket of wet, heavy snow made for a beautiful, if messy, Wednesday morning commute. Trees were lined by white snowflakes, and some streets had a thin covering of snow by 8 a.m.

Several school districts, including Cranston, Warwick and Fall River, delayed the start of classes by one hour. In Providence no delays were announced.

Many communities instituted parking bans. You can find the full list here.

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Governor Gina Raimondo addressed Rhode Island lawmakers Tuesday evening with a "State of the State" speech. The address is an annual Statehouse tradition, which came as the legislature begins a new session and in the days before the governor is expected to release a budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in July.

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An unidentified 17-year-old male has been arrested in connection with a shooting at the Providence Place Mall Monday afternoon.

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A student at Providence's Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex was assaulted on Wednesday morning, after another student allowed intruders to enter the building through a side door, the district said.

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"No heat in house, no running water," wrote an inspector after visiting the apartment building at 110 Bowdoin Street, in the Olneyville section of Providence. "Issuing intent to condemn, house was a mess."

The report, signed January 3, 2018, went on to describe occupants relying on space heaters and propane torches for warmth, during one of the coldest periods in recent memory. There was an open electrical panel in the basement, the inspector noted. Residents were complaining of constant problems and frozen pipes.

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Grocery stores were busy Wednesday as residents prepared for a snowstorm expected to begin in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

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Rhode Island lawmakers return to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

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Science, technology and engineering labs, also known as maker spaces, are a growing trend in education. But not every school has one. Then Rhode Island’s Mobile Maker Lab rolls up.

Pulled by a pickup truck, the 28-foot trailer comes outfitted with projects and technology, such as routers and 3-D printers. 

The IYRS School of Technology and Trades in Newport helped develop the lab.  

"It needs to be flexible and nimble, just like the technology itself," Terry Nathan, IYRS president, told RIPR. "It’s all about being able to conceive a design and then build something."

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