Elisabeth Harrison

Morning Edition Host, 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.

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
1:52 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

"Make it Happen" One Year Later

A little more than a year ago, the Rhode Island Foundation gathered more than 300 people from across the community to brainstorm ways to boost the state’s sagging economy.

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The Education Blog
10:44 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Gist Schedules Skydiving Stunt to Promote Reading

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist plans to jump out of a plane on Saturday alongside a charter school teacher who answered her call to get students to read more books this summer.

The stunt is part of challenge Gist issued at the end of the last school year. She promised to go skydiving with any teacher whose students finished all of their summer reading goals.

The Education Blog
8:55 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Providence College Reschedules Same Sex Marriage Talk

Did we say the talk was cancelled? We should have said postponed.

That was the message from Providence College Provost Hugh Lena, who sent an email to the college community on Wednesday. The note says the college is working to reschedule same-sex marriage supporter John Corvino of Wayne State University, who has agreed to appear alongside same-sex marriage opponent Sherif Girgis, a doctoral student and law student from Princeton.

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The Education Blog
10:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Focusing on Diversity at URI

Naomi Thompson was appointed in 2012 to lead the URI Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.
Credit John Bender

Minority students and faculty are in relatively short supply at the University of Rhode Island, but efforts are underway to improve their numbers. Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter and Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison sat down with URI's Vice President of Community, Equity and Diversity Naomi Thompson to talk about the challenges to increasing diversity on URI's campus.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Tue September 24, 2013

NECAP Science Results: A Breakdown

Scores are out from the latest round of standardized testing in science, and the news isn't too encouraging. Overall, Rhode Island students dipped slightly with just 34 percent reaching the "proficient" level.

The test, administered in May to 4th, 8th and 11th graders, shows gains at only the 8th grade level. State officials are quick to point out there have been significant increases since they first began testing in 2008, when just 24 percent of students scored proficient in science.

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Education
9:42 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The State of Education in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
Credit Courtesy URI


The State of Education in Rhode Island. A panel discussion moderated by Morning Edition host and education reporter Elisabeth Harrison. Panel includes Rhode Island public education leaders Deborah Gist and Eva-Marie Mancuso; David M. Dooley - President, University of Rhode Island; Nancy Carriuolo - President, Rhode Island College; and RIPR's Scott McKay.

Broadcast program:

Question and answer segment:

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The Education Blog
8:55 am
Mon September 16, 2013

ACLU to File New Lawsuit over Standardized Testing

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce yet another lawsuit in its ongoing battle over high-stakes testing.

Critics of a state policy tying high school diplomas to test scores point out that 4,000 seniors are at risk of not graduating, and they are overwhelmingly,  minority and low-income students, along with students with disabilities. However, state officials have been standing firm, arguing that students have multiple opportunities to show improvement on the test and earn a diploma.

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The Education Blog
9:04 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Computer Teacher named 2014 RI Teacher of the Year

Patricia Page of East Greenwich is the new "Teacher of the Year" in Rhode Island. Page, who left a career in business to become a teacher, teaches computer and business classes at East Greenwich High School.

Governor Lincoln Chafee praised Page for breaking down the wall between schools and the business world. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said Page has introduced innovative lessons such as an "elevator speech," which requires students to make a quick pitch for a business idea.

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The Education Blog
8:49 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Roger Williams Holds the Line on Tuition

Roger Williams University is freezing tuition rates for a third year in a row. RIPR's Flo Jonic spoke with Roger Williams President Donald Farish about the decision. Here's her report:

Roger Williams University Holding Onto Tuition Freeze 

Roger Williams University said it’s holding the line on tuition costs.  Tuition will remain just below 30-thousand dollars for the third year in a row.

And University president Donald Farish said he will keep it frozen as long as possible.

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The Education Blog
9:09 am
Thu September 12, 2013

The Alex & Ani... Rams?

The basketball court at the Ryan Center on URI's Kingston campus.
Credit University of Rhode Island

Jewelry success story Alex and Ani has purchased naming rights to the basketball court at the University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center for an undisclosed sum. The men's and women's basketball teams will take the court this season with the Alex & Ani logo prominently displayed at both ends of the floor.

URI is not the only state university upgrading facilities thanks to the company's largesse. The Alex and Ani name will also grace a new arts center scheduled to open this year at Rhode Island College.

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