Elisabeth Harrison

Interim News Director & 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.  In 2015 she became interim News Director upon the departure of Catherine Welch.

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
8:52 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Sports Economists Offer Differing Views Of Proposed Providence Baseball Stadium

An artist rendering of a street view of the proposed 10,000 seat stadium near downtown Providence.

Two economists take differing views of the PawSox’ proposal to build a stadium in downtown Providence. One says the plan would bring strong potential for economic development. But as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports, another economist says the public investment isn’t worth it.

Victor Matheson studies the economics of sports and gaming at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He takes a skeptical view of the PawSox proposal to spend some $85 million on a baseball park on the Providence waterfront.

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Education
8:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Tying University Funding To Perfomance

State colleges and universities, like Rhode Island College could see their funding cut, if it's linked to student performance.
Credit RIPR

College professors are raising concerns about a plan to tie state funding for higher education with performance. The proposal calls for targets in areas like graduation rates and degrees in high demand fields. Schools would have to meet the targets to qualify for part of their state funding starting after 2016.

Community College of Rhode Island English Professor Anthony Amore says students and faculty need to play a role in setting the performance measures.

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Education
10:13 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Report Finds RI Newborns Exposed To Drugs And Alcohol Nearly Doubled From 2006

The number of babies born with exposure to opioid drugs and alcohol nearly doubled in Rhode Island between 2006 and 2013. 

That’s one of the more startling facts in the new Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. Executive Director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant said unlike earlier drug problems, this one is not concentrated in urban areas.

“90 percent of babies born with drugs in their system, were born to white mothers and 32 percent lived in the four core cities, which means the majority of these cases are spread to the rest of Rhode Island,” said Bryant.

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Business
5:12 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

The Bottom Line: RI Housing Director On Affordable Housing, HUD Investigation

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line. 

This week Dave and Mark sit down with RI Housing Executive Director Barbara Fields to talk about the departure of the agency's board chair, the ongoing HUD probe and efforts to improve access to affordable housing.

When to listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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The Education Blog
8:15 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Providence Students Voice Their Hopes For State's New Education Commissioner

These Providence students say the new PARCC exam is more disruptive during the school day than the prior state test.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island is looking for a new leader for K-12 public schools as controversy grows over standardized testing and charter schools. So what do students want from the next commissioner of education?

Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison asked that question of three Providence students: 16-year-old Kendall Hall, 16-year-old Diane Gonzales and 15-year-old Xilian Sansoucy. They are members of the student advocacy groups Young Voices and the Providence Student Union.

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