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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RI News
9:20 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Stable Taxes in Cranston Budget Proposal

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has submitted a new budget proposal with no tax increases.  Fung says Cranston has stabilized city finances with help from public safety contract concessions and careful spending.  He points to the growth of businesses like the Alex and Ani jewelry company as proof that Cranston is now seeing an economic expansion.  

"The city of Cranston is not only stable from the initiatives we have put into place these last four years, but now we are experiencing real growth," Fung says.  

Higher Education
9:17 am
Tue April 2, 2013

PC Professor Blogs Son’s Encounter with Pope Francis

Providence College Professor Paul Gondreau says he was “moved to tears” as he watched his disabled son hugging the newly inaugurated Pope Francis. The encounter, following an Easter Mass, was recorded by photographers and later picked up by CNN and other news outlets.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Debrief: Can We Afford Fewer Hospital Beds?

A new report finds the Ocean State might have more hospitals than it needs.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

How many hospital beds does Rhode Island really need?

That’s one question being considered in a new report from a state health care planning council. It comes at a time when a number of hospitals in the state are either up for sale, looking at new partnerships or struggling financially.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to talk about the health of the state’s hospitals and some of the surprising findings from this report.

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The Education Blog
8:54 am
Mon April 1, 2013

New Study Highlights Increase in A.D.H.D Diagnoses

New data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly one out of every five high school boys has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The data also show an  overall 11 percent of American schoolchildren have received a diagnosis for the condition, which is characterized by difficulty paying attention and controlling impulsive behavior.

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RI News
9:09 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Surveillance Video May Shed Light on Missing Student's Location

The family of a missing Brown student has found what they hope will be a break in the case.  New surveillance video shows a man believed to be 22-year-old Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi on a street near Brown University.  The footage was taken around 1:30 a.m. on March 16th, the last day Tripathi was seen.  The family believes it may provide clues about the route Tripathi took before he disappeared.  

RI News
8:50 am
Fri March 29, 2013

East Providence to Resume Control of City Budget

Leaders in East Providence will soon be back in charge of city finances, after a state budget commission stepped in to solve a financial crisis.  After 15 months Governor Lincoln Chafee says the commission is now ready to put budgeting authority back in the hands of local city and school officials.  In a statement, Chafee declares East Providence well on the way to financial stability.

Politics
9:06 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Chafee Champions Raises for Cabinet, Not Professors

Governor Lincoln Chafee is requesting a 6 percent wage hike for members of his cabinet after shooting down a proposal to raise salaries for state university and college professors. According to The Providence Journal, the governor’s plan would provide a 3 percent increase to 14 state employees in June, followed by another 3 percent increase in December.

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Local Features
7:57 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Advocates Lay Out Legislative Agenda to Combat Poverty

Kate Brewster of the Economic Progress Institute says the state should do more to combat poverty in RI.
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Rhode Island has a poverty rate of 14%, according to a scorecard from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national think-tank.

The Economic Progress  Institute of Rhode Island holds  its annual policy conference Thursday to tackle the complex issue of poverty in the Ocean State.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sits down with that organization’s executive director, Kate Brewster.

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The Education Blog
12:40 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Testing Expert Responds to NECAP Controversy

Freelance policy analyst and liberal blogger Tom Sgouros is one of a number of critics raising questions about Rhode Island's use of the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, as a graduation requirement. Specifically, Sgouros has argued that by its very nature, NECAP was designed to magnify differences in student achievement, thereby ensuring that a certain number of students will score poorly every year.

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The Education Blog
8:58 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Should Students Serve on RI Board of Education?

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will consider adding two students to the State Board of Education at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The bill, sponsored by Providence Democrat Edith Ajello, proposes two additional seats on the board, one for a college student and one for a high school student. Both positions would be non-voting, but the students would have their opinions recorded in official minutes from any meeting.

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