Elisabeth Harrison

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 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.  In 2015 she became interim News Director upon the departure of Catherine Welch.

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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Business
7:08 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Bottom Line: Cybersecurity

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave talk about computer security with cyber threat expert Brandon Catalan.  Their discussion centers around "ransomware," a type of malware that encrypts your files then asks for a ransom to get them back.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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RI News
9:56 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Armenian Community Marks 100th Anniversary Of Atrocities

Credit Smith Hill Library

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.

In the heart of Providence's historic Armenian community, the Smith Hill Library has been hosting events all month to commemorate the tragedy. 

"The Armenians have had a very rich history in Smith Hill," said Librarian Jennifer Romans. "So we thought that with the 100th anniversary, it made sense to do some programming around it."

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RI News
9:41 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Heather Abbott Takes Stand In Tsarnaev Trial

Heather Abbott has started a charitable foundation to help other amputees pay for prostheses.
Credit RIPR file photo

It was not until the sentencing phase that Newport resident and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott took the stand in the trial of now-convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. She testified as prosecutors made their case for a death sentence for Tsarnaev.

Abbott, who lost part of her left leg after the bombings, recounted how she was thrown through the entrance of a restaurant by the blast from the second bomb to go off on that now-infamous day in April. Feeling as though her left foot were on fire, she said she crawled toward other people who fleeing the blast.

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RI News
9:43 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Bob Kerr: We Have Seen The Best And The Worst

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. Recently, he’s been thinking back on his time at the ProJo.

Hilary Horton was my editor when I wrote the local column in the Providence Journal 20 years ago.  We would get together in the late afternoon, looking for the better word, cleaning up the clutter, finding what the heck I was trying to say.  The column was always the better for it.

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Business
6:55 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

The Bottom Line: Will A Rising Tide Lift Rhode Island's Economy?

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave chat with Providence College Business Professor Cary Collins about the state of Rhode Island's economy. Their conversation is part of our series "Rising Tide," which looks at how Rhode Islanders are faring after the Great Recession.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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