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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Higher Education
8:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

URI Prof Gets Millions to Study Dengue Fever

University of Rhode Island Research Professor Alan Rothman, a specialist on viral diseases, has received an $11.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his quest for a vaccine against dengue fever. URI officials say this is one of the largest grants ever received by a single URI researcher.

Dengue Fever, a mosquito-borne illness, affects an estimated 100 million people around the globe each year, mainly in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Rothman has been studying the disease in his laboratory at URI’s Institute for Immunology and Informatics.

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Education
8:53 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Hot City: Growing Up With Crime

Children play jump rope at General Street Park, near the site of a triple homicide.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

When temperatures rise in the summer months, crime goes up, and young people are often the victims. They’re also increasingly a factor in crime. As part of our series Hot City: Crime in Providence, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison visited the North End and Smith Hill, two areas with the highest crime rate last July, to find out what it’s like to grow up in a place where summer can be dangerous. 

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RI News
8:41 am
Thu August 1, 2013

After 36 Years, Rhode Island Couple Can Now Tie The Knot

Larry Bacon and Dave Burnett, in their Newport home, met in Maine over 36 years ago. They plan to get married in September.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The General Assembly legalized same-sex marriage this past May, and when Gov. Chafee signed the legislation into law Rhode Island became the twelfth state in the country to do so. 

Today the state will begin to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

One of those couples planning to get married now that it is legal is Larry Bacon and Dave Burnett who have been together for 36 years.

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Higher Education
12:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Office of Higher Ed in the Balance

Political Analyst Scott MacKay and Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison discuss leadership problems at the Rhode Island Office Higher Education, after Governor Lincoln Chafee announced he would rescind his pick for Higher Education Commissioner. The candidate, attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, raised ethics questions because she chairs the State Board of Education, the same board that would have to vote on her nomination.

  Additional reporting for this story by Ian Donnis.

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Higher Education
8:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

RISD + Google Glass = ?

Students at the Rhode Island School of Design will be among the first to experiment with Google Glass, the high-tech head sets that seem more science fiction than reality.

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RI News
11:52 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: An Interview With Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements

Providence police chief Hugh Clements
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Statistics show that crime rises in Providence during the summer.  In June, July and August of last year, there were 343 violent crimes, ten of them were homicides.  There have been that many homicides this summer.  As part of our special series, Hot City: Crime in Providence we sat down with Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements.

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Higher Education
9:03 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Brown Trustee Implicated in SEC Charges

University officials are not saying whether they will keep Steven Cohen as a member of the Brown Corporation, after the company he founded, SAC Capital Advisors, was charged with widespread insider trading.

Cohen himself is not named in the federal indictment, but the Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil charges against him, accusing him of mismanaging the company.

SAC Capital denies the accusations, saying Cohen acted appropriately at all times.

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The Education Blog
12:24 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

ACLU Leaves Testing Controversy for Another Day

The lawsuit filed against the Rhode Island Board of Education by the American Civil Liberties Union does not address the merits of a new test-based graduation requirement, focusing instead on a procedural issue. The ACLU’s local director, Steve Brown, said he is still hoping the board will reconsider the testing policy and move to reverse it.

The complaint alleges the board failed to properly respond to a petition from the ACLU and several other groups seeking to stop the policy, which requires students to show partial proficiency on tests of Math and English to earn a diploma.

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Education
3:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

ACLU Sues RI Board of Education to Take Up Testing Requirement

Providence senior Priscilla Rivera discussed the stress of not knowing whether she will be able to graduate.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The American Civil Liberties Union claims Rhode Island’s Board of Education broke the law when it failed to consider a petition over high-stakes testing as a requirement for a high school diploma. The lawsuit has a narrow focus and is unlikely to settle controversy over the graduation policy.

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The Education Blog
8:24 am
Wed July 24, 2013

ACLU to Sue over High-Stakes Testing

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce details of a lawsuit Wednesday over the state’s high school graduation policy. The suit stems from a new requirement that students show partial proficiency on standardized state testing to qualify for a diploma.

The ACLU and other groups have asked state officials to reconsider the policy, arguing that it overwhelmingly impacts minority and low income students.  Statewide, roughly 4,000 students failed to meet the testing bar during their junior year.

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