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.


The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
7:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: College at 50 and Beyond

Teresa Mahony graduated from URI at 80.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

We continue our series on aging in Rhode Island with a look at the fastest growing student group at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island: students 50 and older.

RIPR Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison takes us to the RIC campus to find out why these students are returning to college, and what challenges they face when they get there.

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The Education Blog
8:48 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence to Study Low-Income Language Gap

Credit RIRP file

Providence has won $5 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to count the number of words low-income children hear in a typical day. The project aims to address what many experts say is at the heart of the achievement gap: the fact that some children arrive in school with far richer vocabularies than others.

For the contest, Bloomberg asked cities to submit plans that would drive innovation in urban areas. Providence proposed giving children tracking devices to record the words they hear, and giving their parents advice on how to improve the children’s vocabularies.

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The Education Blog
9:12 am
Tue March 12, 2013

ACLU Questions Internet Filters

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released a report deeply critical of internet filtering software used in many public schools, saying it is tantamount to censorship. The report found that software blocks a wide variety of web sites including the Smithsonian Institutes and sites with information about anti-government groups.

“The excessive use of Internet filters by schools has seriously infringed on the First Amendment rights of students and teachers on a daily basis,” said the report’s author, Hillary Davis, in a written statement.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ed Board to Review Tuition Waivers

Attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, chair of the new State Board of Education.
Credit Lydia Rogers

As one of its first actions, the brand new State Board of Education will take up tuition waivers granted to employees at state colleges and universities.

Board Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso says she will appoint and chair a commission to consider changing to the policy, which provides free tuition to state college employees, their spouses and their children.

“I’m not going to prejudge it, I think we have to study the issue,” Mancuso says, but she adds her personal opinion is that the policy needs to change.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
8:29 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: An Overview of Rhode Island's Elderly

Director of Division of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

Rhode Island has the largest percentage of people age 85 and older in the nation, and the number is only going to grow as baby boomers begin to join that group. This week, Rhode Island Public Radio takes an in-depth look at older Rhode Islanders in a new series we’re calling The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.  To start us off, RIPR Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Catherine Taylor, Director of the State Division of Elderly Affairs.

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7:57 am
Mon March 11, 2013

In Depth With New Education Board Chair Mancuso

Board of Education Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

This could be a pivotal day in the future of education in our state. A new state Board of Education holds its first meeting.

The new Rhode Island Board of Education combines the functions of two previous panels: the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Board chair Eva Marie Mancuso sat down with RIPR education reporter Elisabeth Harrison to talk about the priorities of the new board.

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Higher Education
9:02 am
Fri March 8, 2013

RISD’s Largest-Ever International Gift

Credit Creative Commons

The Rhode Island School of Design has received $1 million from the parents of an alumna to fund visiting scholars in the painting department. The gift from Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar of Bangalore is the largest bequest from an international donor in RISD’s history.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Schools Hold Classes Despite Snow

Public schools in Rhode Island planned to operate under normal schedules today in spite of the winter weather.

Charter Schools
10:02 am
Wed March 6, 2013

CF Charter Schools Get Cash Infusion

Charter Schools in Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland will have $10 million to make building improvements, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation is providing the money in the form of low or no-interest loans, to increase the number of charter schools seats available for Central Falls students.

Higher Education
8:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Senate Approves New Education Board Members

The State Senate has given final approval to all 11 members of a new State Board of Education, which plans to hold its first meeting on Monday.

According to RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis, the closest vote was for Board Chair Eva Marie Mancuso, who cleared the chamber on a 26 to 10 margin.

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