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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Providence College said university officials are conducting an internal investigation into what they call an "unfortunate event" early Saturday morning.

The university said a student was arrested by police.

According to Providence police, the student allegedly tossed lit cigarette at a patrol car, then ran away.

Police said 18-year-old Michael Dormon was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Dormon was held overnight and released on Sunday.

Police Major Thomas Verdi said Providence College has suspended Dormon, pending a disciplinary hearing.

  

This week on The Bottom Line, RIPR's Dave Fallon sits down with Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith to discuss the strongest tourism season in recent memory.

Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy, who usually joins the conversation, is on vacation, so RIPR News Director Elisabeth Harrison fills in.

According to Smith, food travel is taking off in a big way in Newport, and many tourists are increasingly seeking "authentic" experiences. That leaves an opening for new businesses, such as movie tours and kite surfing.

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The Federal Department of Education has given the go ahead to Rhode Island's plan to address inequities in the distribution of highly-qualified teachers and principals.

In creating the plan, the State Department of Education conducted a study, which found that high poverty, high minority schools are the most likely to have inexperienced teachers and principals on staff. The study also found that middle schools have the highest percentage of inexperienced teachers. 

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On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, Rhode Island State Police hosted a morning memorial service for the victims. Governor Gina Raimondo was expected to attend, along with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and other state officials.

Raimondo requested that U.S. and Rhode Island flags fly at half staff until Monday, September 14th.

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Jhumpa Lahiri, the London-born author who grew up in Kingston, Rhode Island has been given the National Humanities Medal. President Barack Obama presented the award Thursday in a ceremony at the White House, honoring Lahiri and 20 other individuals and organizations with national arts and humanities awards.

Lahiri is the author of several novels including The Namesake, and her debut story collection, The Interpreter of Maladies, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

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That's what Johnson & Wales University and Roger Williams Law School have teamed up to offer. The two universities announced a new articulation agreement on Thursday, which would allow students to enter law school after their junior year of college.

The program, available to students in JWU's liberal studies major, provides a Bachelor of Science  upon successful completion of the first year of law school at RWU. The universities are touting it as "the first agreement of its kind between a Rhode Island university and RWU Law."

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Millions of Americans will jump in their cars this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Northeast. The non-profit auto club is expecting the largest number of Labor Day travelers since 2008, fueled in part by decreases at the gas pump and improvements in the U.S. economy.

An estimated 35.5 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home, says AAA, a 1 percent increase over last year. The vast majority will travel by car, which may make for some pretty clogged roadways in New England.

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Newport teachers wrapped up two days of training Thursday before the new school year starts after Labor Day. But their contract talks remain at an impasse. National Education Association of Rhode Island President Larry Purtill said there is still time to return to the bargaining table.

“Right now there’s nothing formally set up or any formal discussion but I would hope that would take place very quickly,” said Purtill.

The main sticking point is a contract provision that provides extra pay when class sizes go over the limit.

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A third letter allegedly threatening the lives of three correctional officers has surfaced at the medium security prison in Cranston. The discovery prompted a lockdown on Wednesday as authorities searched the John J. Moran Medium Security Facility.

As of 5 p.m. prisoners remained confined to their cells and certain areas, and all personal visits were suspended. Rhode Island Department of Corrections spokesman Cory Cloud said State Police are involved in the investigation.

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Trinity Repertory Company, which has also been named the State Theater of Rhode Island, has selected Tom Parrish as its new executive director.

Parrish comes from a similar position at the Geva Theater Center in New York, according to the official announcement of his hiring. 

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Cardoso Construction has agreed to pay more than $730,000 to settle allegations from the State Department of Labor and Training.

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Little information is available about what caused a steel structure to collapse Tuesday morning at Bryant University. But officials at Rhode Island Hospital say six workers transported there were all in good condition.

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The University of Rhode Island has won $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to launch a graduate center focused on science writing.

The program will include workshops and classes to train students in the sciences  to write more clearly and persuasively. University officials said the program is part of a trend on college campuses, as researchers increasingly recognize the importance of communicating beyond academia.

In a unanimous vote, the Coventry School Committee has adopted a resolution calling for the reversal of a new HPV vaccine requirement.

The resolution asks Governor Gina Raimondo to reconsider the rule, which requires incoming seventh graders to be vaccinated against HPV.

The committee voted after several of its members commented that parents are angered by the mandate. In a video posted on YouTube, a member of the audience expressed similar sentiments.

College students from Salve Regina University are searching for the site of a significant battle in the Revolutionary War. The project, which has garnered federal grant funding, seeks to uncover parts of Middletown's colonial history.

The Salve Regina history department said the students will overlay historic maps and modern, aerial photos to try and pinpoint the exact spot where Colonial and British forces built fortifications in the Siege of Newport in 1778.

In that battle, the colonists joined forces with the French to attack the British, on land and from the sea.

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