Elisabeth Harrison

News Director

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.  She was promoted to full-time News Director in June of 2015.

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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Just two decades ago, the vast majority of Rhode Island children had elevated levels of lead in their blood when they were tested at the start of Kindergarten. Today, the percentage has dropped into the single digits, according to Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant, whose organization started tracking blood lead statistics in the mid-1990s.

Red Sox Drop Home Opener To Orioles

Apr 11, 2016
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Despite their new pitching ace, David Price, on the mound for the team’s 105th opening game, the Red Sox lost to the undefeated Baltimore Orioles 9-7. But for fans, opening day is all about optimism.

The highly touted pitcher gave up five runs and stayed in the game just five innings. While the outcome of the game might not be what some fans hoped, Bob Bliss of Worcester, Massachusetts was feeling hopeful about the season.

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Children are becoming more diverse in Rhode Island, but the number of babies born in withdrawal from opioids continues to grow. Those are just some of the statistics in this year’s Kids Count fact book, which comes out Monday. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant about several of the highlights in the report.  

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday she would veto at least one bill designed to make it harder to open new charter schools. Speaking at an on-the-record lunch with reporters, Raimondo discussed a bill that would require local elected officials to sign off on new or expanding charter schools.

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The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in a little more than two weeks. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage of this year’s election, we’re listening to what voters have to say across the state. Our producer Katherine Doherty found a range of views when she spoke to residents in Warwick. 

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Child welfare officials say they are already working to correct several problems highlighted in a report from the Office of the Child Advocate, which found two infants' deaths could have been prevented. The report looked at the deaths of three infants, two in state care and one whose parents had prior contact with the child welfare system.

The findings raised questions about safety for foster children, particularly children placed with relatives in unlicensed foster homes. 

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When Sue Lusi said she was leaving the Providence Public Schools to pursue new professional opportunities, she wasn't kidding. 

Boston-based consulting group Mass Insight announced Monday that Lusi will be the new President and CEO of the non-profit Mass Insight Education.

Monday's spring snow blast snarled commuters during both morning and evening rush hours, causing accidents and spin outs, and set a snowfall record in Rhode Island. The National Weather Service recorded 5.9 inches at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, which easily broke the 1957 record of 1.7 inches.

Unofficial snow totals reported to the National Weather Service ranged from three inches in Narragansett to seven inches in Providence, and eight inches in Bristol.

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Rhode Island’s Office of the Child Advocate has released a disturbing report about the deaths of three infants, two of them in state care. The report found that at least two of the children’s deaths could have been prevented, and it points to serious concerns about safety for children in state care.

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The leader of one of Rhode Island's two powerful teachers' unions sounded unconvinced this week, following the unveiling of State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner's proposal to open public schools to students from other districts and provide more leeway on items like budgets and textbooks.

In a written statement released after Wagner's "State of Education" speech at the General Assembly, National Education Association Rhode Island President Larry Purtill suggested he takes issue with some aspects of the plan.

More problems are emerging in relation to a new website unveiled as part of a statewide business and tourism campaign. 

Critics jeered the state's release of a new logo with the slogan Rhode Island: Cooler and Warmer, and a website also unveiled Monday included several embarrassing errors.

A promotional video had to be removed from YouTube Tuesday after it was found to contain footage of Iceland.

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The University of Rhode Island has taken a rare step to create a new college focused on health care. They're calling it the College of Health Sciences and say it will join together programs like physical therapy, sports science, gerontology and psychology.

The university plans to hire a new dean to lead the new College of Health Sciences,  which will join the colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing under the umbrella of an Academic Health Collaborative.

  A senior fellow from the Watson Institute for International and Public Policy at Brown University is weighing in on the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Stephen Kinzer is a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, who writes about foreign policy. He says the west should prepare for more attacks in the future.

“This can’t be the last one, and I think there has to be some recognition in the minds of Europeans and Americans that we can be thrown into a panic every time something like this happens,” said Kinzer. “This is exactly what the attackers are hoping for.”

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This post has been updated.

Rhode Island’s senior U.S. Senator says the terrorist attacks in Brussels appear similar to other attacks with ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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