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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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.

Picture this: you’re a visiting professor at Roger Williams University Law School, and you have some experience defending members of the military. Then you watch a classified video made public on WikiLeaks where Americans fire on – and kill -- Iraqis from an Apache Helicopter.

"At the time I saw the collateral murder video air, and I remember thinking to myself whoever released that was going to be in a lot of trouble," said Rhode Island-based attorney David Coombs.

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Irresponsible, immoral and reckless. Those are just a few of the terms Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is using to criticize President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

The budget would reduce funding for social service programs including Medicaid, food stamps and education, while increasing military spending.

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A Russian spy ship has been spotted near the U.S. Navy submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.

The ship is in international waters about 30 miles from the Connecticut coast. U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, a Democrat, discussed the sighting on the House floor Wednesday.

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Fans lined the streets of downtown Providence Tuesday before a Patriots rally at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Thousands of people stood in the rain, waiting for their chance to catch a glimpse of the Super Bowl champions and the Super Bowl trophy.

In a line that ran for at least three blocks, fan Mike Cote from Warwick said he came to celebrate the team’s entire season, and, of course, their historic come-from-behind win at the Super Bowl.

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At a time of increasing debate over racial, religious and political divides, Rhode Islanders share their experiences of reaching beyond the differences that keep many communities apart.

In this ongoing series, we meet people like Adewole Akinbi and Heather Gaydos, whose professional relationship has evolved into something more like family after the death of a co-worker. We also meet a former gang member, Jose Rodriguez, who has become friends with the Providence police officer who once hassled him on the streets.

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When an elite boarding school in Middletown, Rhode Island became the center of a growing sexual abuse scandal, Rhode Island Public Radio discovered an apparent loophole in the state's child abuse reporting statute, which may have contributed to the school's decision not to report the allegations, made by  students and former students on multiple occasions over a period spanning decades.

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All this week we’re hearing stories from Johnston, the Rhode Island town that flipped the most dramatically from blue to red in the presidential election. 

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The multi-million dollar investment it would take to upgrade McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, or raze the ballpark and build a new one on the same site, is not worth a big public  investment, according to a  long-awaited engineering and economic report released Friday.

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Governor Gina Raimondo makes a stop at Johnston High School Tuesday to promote her initiative for free college tuition. The governor has proposed two years of free in-state tuition for Rhode Islanders on track to graduate at a community college or state university.

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The National Weather Service has put Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts under a flood watch, warning that heavy rain is possible Monday afternoon through early Tuesday.

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