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
8:56 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor To Honor Community College System

Governor Lincoln Chafee is slated to declare Wednesday "CCRI Day" in Rhode Island. The declaration comes on the occasion of the community college system's 50th Birthday, which is being celebrated this year.

CCRI President Ray DiPasquale is expected speak during the announcement at the Statehouse. Rhode Island Higher Education Commissioner Jim Purcell and State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Manuso will also be in attendance.

DiPasquale recently announced he would stay at CCRI, but he was a finalist in the search for a new state education commissioner in Louisiana.

The Education Blog
11:20 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Former Central Falls School Official To Lead Elorza Transition Team

The school official who oversaw a state-ordered turnaround at Central Falls High School will be one of the key figures in Democrat Jorge Elorza's transition team, as Elorza prepares to take over as mayor of  Providence in January.

Victor Capellan has been named one of three co-directors for Elorza's team. Capellan served as the "transformation officer" and deputy superintendent for the Central Falls School District during the overhaul of Central Falls High School.

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The Education Blog
9:29 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Children's Museum Opens New Water Exhibit

The Providence Children’s Museum has opened its newly revamped water exhibit. "Water Ways" entertained more than two million visitors prior to the overhaul, according to Museum Director Janice O'Donnell.

“Our water environment is such an enduring favorite – so important for kids’ discovery, and so successful at meeting our play and learning goals – that we knew it could only be replaced with an even better Water Ways,” O'Donnell said, in an official announcement about the re-opening.

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Higher Education
8:58 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Brown: Effort Underway To Find Out Who Gave GHB To Student

Brown University says it is investigating potential criminal activity after a student tested positive for the date rape drug known as GHB.

Brown notified students on Saturday about the positive test result, saying testing for a second student is still pending.

The two students allege they were served drinks spiked with some kind of drug at a fraternity party in October. One of the students also reported she was sexually assaulted. Brown has suspended the fraternity.

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The Education Blog
8:27 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Providence Afterschool Program To Receive National Award

City Arts is being honored among other national arts organizations by the White House.
Credit City Arts

Providence CityArts is one of just 12 organizations around the country to win the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The group has been invited to the White House to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.

City Arts provides afterschool art classes for students between the ages of 8 and 14. Some examples of their recent course offerings include pottery studios, dance classes, drumming workshops and street art classes involving the use of computer graphics.

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Higher Education
1:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Orly Genger Sculpture Goes Up At Brown

Stacks and stacks of rope went into Orly Genger's site specific installation at Brown.
Credit Brown University

Brown Alumna Orly Genger makes sculpture out of rope. Hundreds and hundreds of feet of it.

A new installation at Brown University will be more than 250-feet long when it is complete. The piece, titled "You," is made out of recycled lobster rope, Genger's medium of choice.

Brown has a live webcam trained on the installation in progress.

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The Education Blog
8:36 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Liberian RIC Student Presses On Despite Ebola Outbreak

Charline Early was born in Liberia and is pursuing a Master's degree in social work at Rhode Island College.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island is home to one of the nation’s largest Liberian populations, and many Liberian immigrants are students in the state's public schools and universities.

As the Ebola epidemic rages on in her home country, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Rhode Island College student Charline Early to find out how it has changed life for her and her family.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Mon November 3, 2014

RIPR Exclusive: Cumberland Parent Sues To Block Fees For Summer School

A parent in Cumberland filed has filed a lawsuit against the Cumberland School District and the State Board of Education, challenging the practice of charging tuition for summer school.

In a complaint filed last week, parent Susan Giannini alleges the fees are unfair to students with learning disabilities and low income families. Her attorneys argue they fly in the face of longstanding state policy that prohibits public schools from charging fees for other programs, like afterschool sports and AP classes.

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Higher Education
9:04 am
Fri October 31, 2014

RIC Prepares For President Obama

After cancelling a trip several weeks ago, Rhode Island College will finally get a visit from President Barack Obama. The president is expected to discuss women in the workplace and the economy.

He is likely to tout new data showing an increase in Gross Domestic Product, which is seen by many analysts as an encouraging sign of growth in the U.S.

RIC officials say classes will go forward as scheduled, although some locations had to be changed to accommodate security for the president.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Providence Mayoral Candidates Spar In Final Broadcast Debate Before Election

Buddy Cianci, Jorge Elorza, and Daniel Harrop at the RIPR/WJAR debate.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The three candidates for mayor of Providence took part in a spirited debate last night at Rhode Island College.  The candidates mostly rehashed their stances while tossing sharp remarks at one another.

With a boisterous audience, it didn’t take long for things to get heated between independent Buddy Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza, and Republican Daniel Harrop. Cianci took aim at Harrop for contributing to Elorza’s campaign and saying he might vote for the Democrat.

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