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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Authorities have released images from an attempted bank robbery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, saying the suspect resembles escaped Rhode Island detainee James Morales. Morales has been missing from the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls since Saturday evening.

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In Central Falls, prison officials at the Wyatt Detention Center said Wednesday they are conducting a "top to bottom" investigation into the escape of prisoner James Morales over the weekend. 

The New Year has begun, and that means it’s time for a new legislative session on Smith Hill. Lawmakers are expected to take up a range of issues, from car taxes to a budget deficit, and perhaps recreational marijuana. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison sat down for a preview of the legislative session with our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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Al’s Place in Woonsocket serves up Tourtière, a French-Canadian style of meat pie, in a tiny one-room diner, with a few red stools lining the counter. Roland Gagne sits at one of those stools, remembering Christmas dinners from his childhood.


The holidays are a time for family, faith, food and lights. At least, that’s what you told us when we asked for your holiday traditions, and what gets you in the holiday spirit. Today we’ll hear about holiday rituals from five different Rhode Islanders. We start with part-time Providence resident Michelle Madsen-Bibeau, the interim pastor at Beneficent Congregational Church. For her, Christmas is a not a vacation.

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Votes are expected Tuesday on several applications to expand or open new charter schools. The decision at the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Schools has become more contentious for cities with more students in charter schools.

Its crunch time to find that perfect holiday gift! If you still have shopping to do, we’ve got you covered with book picks from Nicole Merola, head of the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. She joins Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison with suggestions of books to give as gifts... or gift to yourself!

1. Memoirs of a Polar Bear, Yoko Tawada

This is Merola's suggestion for that person in your life who just can't stop talking about the election.

In a surprising revelation, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he first learned of suspected Russian hacking during the presidential campaign from media reports.

The medical examiner’s office is testing human remains uncovered at a construction site adjacent to St. James Chapel in Charlestown. The property once belonged to a notorious rumrunner, Danny Walsh, who disappeared in 1933.

Local historians say there are two theories about what happened to Walsh, who was last seen leaving a meeting with associates at a Pawtuxet restaurant. One theory is that he was killed, either by the mafia or a rival, and pushed over the side of a boat in "cement slippers." 


Debate is growing over the expansion of the charter school Achievement First in Providence. 

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he supports an expansion by charter school group Achievement First. But a smaller expansion than the group is seeking. Achievement First wants to add more than 2,000 new seats by 2026.

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Charter school expansion will be up for discussion Tuesday at the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. One proposal from charter management group Achievement First has generated objections in Providence. But the state’s education commissioner is backing the plan.

A new study from the Chronicle of Higher Education finds the highest paid private college president in Rhode Island is Richard Gouse, head of the New England Institute of Technology.

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After  another day of deliberations, still no verdict in the embezzlement trial of Dan Doyle, founder of the Institute for International Sport.

The jury left the Washington County Court at about 3 p.m. on Friday and was scheduled to return Monday morning.

Doyle faces 18 counts, including forgery and embezzlement. Prosecutors tried to build a case that he pocketed thousands of dollars for personal use from his nonprofit institute, headquartered at the University of Rhode Island.