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.

Ways to Connect

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Accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island fell 9 percent during the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2016. Gov. Gina Raimondo called it a hopeful sign in the fight against opioid addiction and death. But she cautioned Rhode Island has a lot more work to do. Health Reporter Lynn Arditi and RIPR's Elisabeth Harrison break down the newly released data.

Providence Preservation Society

Update 12/20: Providence's City Plan Commission delayed a vote expected Tuesday, setting the next hearing for January 16 .

There’s a dispute brewing between Brown University and historic preservationists over the plan for Brown’s new performing arts center.  

Brown hired a prominent New York firm to design its new performing arts center and has now settled on a site near the center of campus. But preservationists say there’s a problem: five Victorian-era buildings will have be moved or torn down, under the university's current plan.

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Where does a state find $500 million to fix a long backlog of school building repairs? General obligation bonds, that's where. At least that's the recommendation from Rhode Island's School Building Task Force.

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The Community College of Rhode Island has been in talks with India-based tech company Infosys for months about a training partnership. The talks were part of the negotiation that brought a new Infosys design hub to Providence.

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A few dozen graduate students at Brown University participated in a nationwide walkout Wednesday to protest the Republican tax plan making its way through Congress. The House version of the bill would add income taxes to graduate school tuition when it is covered by colleges and universities.

The Gamm Theatre

In the play “Incognito,” four actors play 21 different roles, without so much as a set change or a new costume. In fact, they never even leave the stage.

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A company with plans to build an offshore wind farm in waters off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard is holding community meetings over the next week. The company, Bay State Wind, is one of three expected to bid for the chance to sell wind energy to Massachusetts.

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Following the October storm that cut power to thousands of customers, researchers say it may be time to devise new models to predict storm outages. Emmanouil Anagnostou is a professor at the University of Connecticut. He says existing models do really well at building connections between historic and new storm data. But they’re not great at predicting more extreme weather events.

Coralie Giese, Health Department in Haiti / CDC Global CC BY 2.0

Haitians living in New England on Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, have just 18 months to prepare to leave the country. The Trump Administration has decided not to renew their status, granted to countries where natural disasters or armed conflict make it difficult to live safely. 

Courtesy of the PawSox

A Pawtucket property owner is urging city leaders to include downtown improvement in the plan to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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PawSox officials unveiled a vision for a downtown Pawtucket ballpark on Friday, created by Yale architecture students, who spent part of a semester working on the project.

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A new casino on Rhode Island's border with Massachusetts will open later than expected and cost nearly twice its projected price tag, Twin River said Wednesday.

The facility, already under construction in Tiverton, was designed to house 1,000 slot machines and provide gamblers access to nearly three dozen table games. Twin River also operates a casino in Lincoln.

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It’s breeding time for deer, and that means an increased likelihood of car crashes.  Mating time means more deer on the move -- crossing roads and highways.

National Grid

National Grid reports only about 300 customers remain without power as of Friday night. The bulk of the remaining customers are in Providence County. 

According to the latest utility estimates, power should be restored around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. 

More Than 1,500 People Remain Without Power In RI

Despite what National Grid described as round-the-clock efforts, more than 1,500 customers are going into day five with no power, following Sunday’s storm with hurricane strength winds. 

The damage caused by the storm is some of the most disruptive in recent history, according to the utility's website

John Bender

"It sounded like a war zone." That's how Warwick resident Adam Logan described the storm that knocked out power to his home and more than 140,000 others across Rhode Island.

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