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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Thousands Catch Glimpse Of Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
Elisabeth Harrison

At observatories, public libraries, parks and universities, people gathered Monday to watch the moon pass in front of the sun. The total eclipse was only partially visible in New England, but that did not seem to dampen the spirits of families, co-workers and students who gathered to see it.

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The documentary “Etched in Glass” follows Holocaust survivor Steve Ross, who became the driving force behind the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston.

Ross told his story to many urban teenagers, hoping it would help them overcome racism and poverty.

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The nonprofit Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team is offering training for workers who might need to administer Naloxone, or Narcan, the overdose rescue drug.

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Rhode Island’s budget impasse is expected to come to an end Thursday afternoon when the state Senate votes on a spending plan for the fiscal year that began July first.


Trinity Repertory Company

Barbara Orson, one of the founders of Trinity Repertory Company, passed away this week at the age of 88.  As an early member of the company, Orson performed in dozens of productions at Trinity Rep and elsewhere. 

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Rhode Island lawmakers hope to wrap up their Statehouse business and adjourn Friday, at least until the fall. Before they do that, a slew of bills remain on the table. 

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says cities and towns have been cleaning up the state’s voter rolls in between election years. Since 2015, Gorbea says nearly 66,000 names have been taken out of the central voter registration system, after local officials confirmed that the person left the state or passed away.

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The Rhode Island General Assembly is expected to do its final business this week, and then go home for the Fourth of July holiday. Before the summer recess, House lawmakers voted last week on the state budget. What else remains for lawmakers to do?

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison put the question to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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Rhode Island lawmakers are scheduled to vote later this week on the new state budget.

But the $9.2 billion spending plan leaves a question about roughly $25 million dollars in cuts needed to balance the budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay says under the current plan, Gov. Gina Raimondo and her staff will have to find those savings.

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This week Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled a $9.2 billion spending plan that avoids a major tax increase, while closing a $134 million deficit. How did they do it? Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turns to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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Immigration authorities have arrested a man they identified as a Syrian national who was in this country illegally outside the Providence County Superior Courthouse. ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said the man, Abdulkhalek Darwich, came to the United States lawfully in 1998 but overstayed his visa.

Darwich was detained on June 1st following a required court appearance. He faces criminal charges in a case involving the sale of cigarettes without a state tax stamp.  

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An expert on insects is banking on more rain -- and a fungus -- to knock back populations of gypsy moths.

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Rhode Island State Police have released hundreds of pages of emails from their investigation into 38 Studios, providing some clues about their probe of the failed video game company, and the $75 million loan guarantee it received from the state.

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Tourists, residents and downtown workers alike stopped to gaze open-mouthed at the sight of performers suspended from a multi-story building in downtown Providence on Wednesday.

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