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
12:31 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Katherine Russell Adds Lawyer to Her Legal Team

There is a new member of the legal team representing Katherine Russell the widow of one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. Russell has added Joshua Dratel, an attorney with special expertise in terrorism cases.  She continues to be represented by the Providence Firm DeLuca and Weizenbaum, though the firm specializes in medical malpractice.

The Education Blog
8:54 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Senate Vote Scheduled on Teacher Evaluations

The full Senate is expected to vote today on a bill that would make teacher evaluations private under the state’s public record act.

Education officials have argued the evaluations are already private under personnel rules, but they want to make sure they are not considered part of the public record.

Open government advocates oppose the idea of exempting teacher evaluations from the list of public documents. A companion bill in the House is still in committee.

The Education Blog
9:49 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ahlquist to Receive Award at Playboy Mansion

The Rhode Island student who successfully challenged a prayer banner in Cranston public schools is getting an award from Hugh Hefner.

Jessica Ahlquist will receive a Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award at the playboy mansion in Beverly Hills. Ahlquist writes on her Facebook page that she is honored to be chosen but adds she is not expecting to meet Hugh Hefner in person. She says his daughter Christie Hefner will attend the ceremony, where Ahlquist will receive a plaque and $5,000.

RI News
9:15 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Denise Dallaire: Freed After 10 Years in Prison

Credit Natalie Jablonski / RIPR

Denise Dallaire served ten years in prison before being abruptly freed a few months ago by the same judge who sentenced her.

She was convicted in 2003 on a minor drug dealing charge, but because of mandatory sentencing laws in effect at that time, she received a 15 year sentence.  When her sentence was reversed, the judge apologized to her.

Ms. Dallaire sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.

More from Elisabeth Harrison's interview with Denise Dallaire.

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Higher Education
8:48 am
Sat May 4, 2013

URI Report: Arm Campus Police

A preliminary review of the University of Rhode Island’s response to reports of a shooter on campus finds campus police were forced to wait five minutes before they could enter the building where the shooter was reportedly located. The officers, who are unarmed, had to wait for local police to arrive before they could enter the building.

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The Education Blog
11:17 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Controversy Follows Gist to the Statehouse

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist urged lawmakers to pass a series of bills aimed at improving school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting during her State of Education speech on Tuesday. She also urged passage of the governor’s budget which increases funding for public schools, colleges and universities.

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RI News
9:02 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist on State of Education Address

Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio's Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison sits down with State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist to discuss her State of Education address, controversy over standardized testing as a graduation requirement and teacher morale.  Harrison spoke with Gist before she gave her State of Education address to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

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Local Features
7:08 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Town Council President: Central Coventry Voters Need More Information

Gary Cote, President of the Coventry Town Council, weighs in on the financial challenges faced by the Central Coventry Fire District.
Credit John Bender/RIPR

For several months we’ve been hearing news about the cash-strapped Central Coventry Fire District, fighting to stay open during liquidation. 

These financial woes seem like a case study for the challenges many cities and towns face, as they try to provide services through a patchwork of municipal agencies.

The Town Council has loaned the district $300,000 to stay open for a few more weeks.  The debate surrounding the fire district is complicated, so we sat down with Gary Cote, President of the Coventry Town Council, to get the details.  

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Higher Education
12:28 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Brown Statement on Missing Student, Now Confirmed Dead

Brown University President Christina Paxson sent the following letter to members of the Brown community after receiving confirmation that a body found in Providence is that of missing Brown student Sunil Tripathi.

Members of the Brown Community,

It is with profound sadness that I write to share news that the state medical examiner has confirmed the death of Brown student Sunil Tripathi.

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Higher Education
10:31 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Brown Announces Honorary Degree Recipients

Ben Affleck (2009)

Actor turned Director Ben Affleck will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts during Brown University’s commencement next month.  Affleck’s film Argo won best picture at the Academy Awards in February, but he was famously snubbed by the Oscar committee when it came to a best director nomination.

Brown will also confer honorary degrees on writer and MIT professor Junot Diaz and bacteriologist Stanley Falkow, along with three others. Falkow will host a forum on infectious diseases as part of commencement weekend.

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