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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The Education Blog
8:48 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Don't Miss Our Series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt

Students at Bryant University
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Recent college graduates in Rhode Island have some of the highest loan burdens in the country, according to a national study called the Project on Student Debt. At the same time, Rhode Island faces consistently high unemployment and a sluggish economy.

All that made me wonder what it’s like to finish college with significant debt, so I set out to meet some of the graduates facing this problem and the experts who study it. I’ve been amazed by the response to their stories.

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The Education Blog
11:56 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gist Responds to Providence Graduation Waivers

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has declined to comment, at least in person, on Providence's waiver of the testing portion of the state's diploma system for roughly 200 seniors. She did provide the following written statement to RIPR, via email.

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The Education Blog
10:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Emma Watson On Brown

Emma Watson's graduation selfie.

Emma Watson graduated from Brown University last week, taking a selfie that quickly made the rounds of various social media.

The actress started at Brown in 2009 but later left, returning to England and pursing her film career.

It can't have been easy for the actress who famously portrayed Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise to find herself smack in the middle of an entire campus raised on Harry Potter.

Somehow, Brown managed to keep her return to campus under wraps until her appearance at graduation.

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RI News
11:25 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Colin Kane, Director Of The I-195 Commission On Progress Made, And The Future Of The Land

The vacant land formerly used by the I-195 highway. It's now being readied for development.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Proposals are in for developments that could go up on acres of land opening up for redevelopment in downtown Providence.  The land was freed up by a major highway project that involved moving I-195.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Colin Kane, the director of the I-195 Commission.  The group has been charged with overseeing the development of the land.  Kane discussed the progress made since the project broke ground about a year ago, and where they hope to go.

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The Education Blog
9:19 am
Wed May 28, 2014

House Approves Rollback of Teacher Evaluations

In a 68-3 vote, the Rhode Island House has approved a bill easing teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers.

The bill calls for teachers who earn effective or highly effective ratings to be evaluated just once every three to four years, instead of the current policy of annual reviews.

If the bill becomes law, new teachers and teachers with low evaluation ratings would still be evaluated on an annual basis.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Providence Introduces New Waivers from Testing Requirement

Providence is granting a reprieve to some 200 high school seniors, who risk not graduating under a new state policy linking test scores to a high school diploma.

The rule, in effect for the first time this year, calls for students to score partially proficient or better on the NECAP test or improve significantly on a retake. Students can also use alternative tests or acceptance at a competitive college to earn their diploma.

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Higher Education
9:09 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Brown Corporation Discusses Controversy over Sexual Assault

Officials at Brown University say they expect a full report on the school’s sexual assault policy to be complete by the end of the fall semester. The Brown Corporation discussed the issue at its quarterly meeting on Friday, just before Brown’s commencement ceremonies got underway.

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The Education Blog
8:38 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pawtucket Places Teacher on Leave after Porn Arrest

Pawtucket school officials are assuring parents their children are safe after a high school teacher was arrested on child pornography charges.

State Police say they arrested George Grimes of Warwick for allegedly putting pornographic photos in a shared online storage account. Grimes is an English Teacher at Shea High School.

Pawtucket school officials say Grimes has been placed on administrative leave until the charges are resolved, and they can determine whether internal disciplinary action is necessary.

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The Education Blog
12:18 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pawtucket Teacher Arrested for Child Pornography

State police have arrested an English teacher from Shea High School for allegedly possessing child pornography.

George Grimes is accused of uploading pornographic images of children to a shared, online storage account.

According to a statement from state police, the arrest follows an investigation and search of Grimes' Warwick residence.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Education Blog
9:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

House Committee Approves Change in Teacher Evaluations

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has approved a bill that would do away with annual teacher evaluations for the vast majority of public school teachers in the state.

The bill calls for evaluations just once every three to four years for teachers rated as effective or highly effective, categories that cover some 95 percent of teachers. 

If the bill passes the full House and Senate, new teachers and poorly rated teachers would still receive annual evaluations.

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