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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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.
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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.

When to listen

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

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RI News
8:52 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Sports Economists Offer Differing Views Of Proposed Providence Baseball Stadium

An artist rendering of a street view of the proposed 10,000 seat stadium near downtown Providence.

Two economists take differing views of the PawSox’ proposal to build a stadium in downtown Providence. One says the plan would bring strong potential for economic development. But as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports, another economist says the public investment isn’t worth it.

Victor Matheson studies the economics of sports and gaming at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He takes a skeptical view of the PawSox proposal to spend some $85 million on a baseball park on the Providence waterfront.

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Education
8:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Tying University Funding To Perfomance

State colleges and universities, like Rhode Island College could see their funding cut, if it's linked to student performance.
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College professors are raising concerns about a plan to tie state funding for higher education with performance. The proposal calls for targets in areas like graduation rates and degrees in high demand fields. Schools would have to meet the targets to qualify for part of their state funding starting after 2016.

Community College of Rhode Island English Professor Anthony Amore says students and faculty need to play a role in setting the performance measures.

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