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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Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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Cape Cod and the surrounding islands are forecast to get some of the worst wind and rain from Jose, although the storm is tracking further east than earlier predictions had indicated. In Falmouth, some residents were stocking up on water, gas and food Tuesday, ahead of the storm.

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Meghan Hughes, president of the Community College of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss reshaping the state’s workforce, increasing college completion rates, and what colleges need from K-12 schools. 

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Meghan Hughes, president of the Community College of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable to discuss a jump in the school’s enrollment this year, the federal rollback of protections for some young undocumented immigrants and more. 

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The announcement that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will be phased out came the same day that many colleges and universities began a new school year. Dozens of New England students had sought protection under the program, which granted temporary reprieves to young people without documentation, if they were brought into the U.S. as children.

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It’s back to school season, a time when many students are asked, "What did you do over the summer?" Well, one professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has an intriguing answer to that question.

History professor Brian Glyn Williams traveled to Iraq, where he helped rescue a young girl from ISIS.

Thousands Catch Glimpse Of Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
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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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