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
12:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Brown Reaches Tentative Agreement With Library Workers

Brown University has reached a tentative deal with workers at the Rockefeller Library. Union officials say the contract agreement includes a commitment to discuss job vacancies at the library.

Union members staged a protest in November, saying Brown had reduced union workers at the library by roughly one-third, leaving some departments short-handed.

The union has scheduled a vote on the tentative contract on Monday afternoon.

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The Education Blog
12:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Providence To Showcase High Schools And Middle Schools With School Fair

Providence families get a chance on Saturday to look at the options for public high school and middle school. The district has organized a school fair at Juanita Sanchez High School.

Providence allows students and parents to choose between their neighborhood school or another school in the district, but officials say many families are unaware of all of the options, especially in high school.

To give a better sense of the different schools and programs available, district officials are inviting families to meet with teachers and principals at the event on Saturday.

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The Education Blog
9:27 am
Wed December 10, 2014

College Savings Start At Birth

Starting on January 1st, parents in Rhode Island will have the option to sign up for a $100 grant for college tuition while they are still in the hospital with a newborn baby.

The change to the CollegeBoundbaby program, announced by Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo, will add the grants to the same forms parents fill out to get a birth certificate. State officials say they hope it will encourage more families to start college savings accounts when their children are young.

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The Education Blog
1:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Raimondo To Announce Universal College Savings Plan

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo will unveil details Wednesday of a plan to start college savings for every baby born in Rhode Island.

Under the initiative, the state’s CollegeBoundfund will offer to put aside $100 dollars for every newborn baby. Parents can choose whether to add additional funds over time.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of families with college savings plans, encourage more families to start saving early and make it easier to enroll in the CollegeBoundbaby program.

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The Education Blog
11:53 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Chemistry Center Takes Shape At URI

Construction on URI's new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences began in May.
Credit URI

Workers have completed the steel structure and concrete flooring for the new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.

URI says crews are now beginning to place bricks on the exterior of the five-story structure, slated for completion in spring of 2016.

The $68 million center was funded largely with a bond issue. When complete, it will provide 135,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms and offices, nearly doubling the amount of space for chemistry research at URI. 

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The Education Blog
10:44 am
Thu December 4, 2014

RIC President Attends DC Summit On College Access

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo joins school officials from around the country for a Washington D.C. summit on college costs.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo is among more than a hundred college presidents at the White House Thursday for President Barack Obama's Summit on College Opportunity.

Carriuolo will be joined by Providence Public Schools Superintendent Susan Lusi.

Providence is one of more than 50 cities that have joined an effort to increase the number of residents with college or other post-secondary degrees.

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Higher Education
10:31 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Board Of Ed Set To Vote On Tuition Increases At RI's Public Colleges

The full Board of Education votes Monday on tuition increases for students at the university of Rhode Island, Rhode Island college and the state's community college system.  State higher education officials call it a modest increase.  They say it is necessary after two years with no increases at URI, and three years with no increase at CCRI.  

The Education Blog
8:56 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Chariho School System Expands Foreign Language Program

Students in Chariho Public Schools can now take foreign language starting in Kindergarten.  It’s part of an effort to improve foreign language instruction.

Since September, Chariho has added Spanish to every classroom from Kindergarten to sixth grade. The district was looking for a better way to teach foreign language.

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The Education Blog
8:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Providence Students Earn College Credit In New Biotechnology Program

Lose Pierre, an 18-year-old Providence student, shows the tool she used for an experiment in the biotechnology lab at the Juanita Sanchez School.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Students at the Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence can earn college credit for a biotechnology course.  It’s part of a special partnership with the University of Rhode Island

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The Education Blog
3:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Artscape: Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

Singer Kate Jones shows children how to play a tone drum at a Rock-a-Baby class in Providence
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It’s Thanksgiving, and for many families, that means time to jump in the car and visit with relatives. If your drive is a long one, you might put on some music to entertain the kids along the way. Almost all children naturally love music.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited a music class for tiny babies and toddlers, with a little something for adults too.

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